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Congressman Zeldin: Senate Democrats Choosing Party Loyalty Over National Security on Iran Deal

September 2, 2015
Press Release

Patchogue, NY - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C- NY-1) released the following statement after the announcement that Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) will be supporting the Iran nuclear deal:
“Unfortunately, there are members of Congress choosing party loyalty over national security. Quite honestly, none of them should be re-elected. This is a bad deal for America for so many critically important reasons. There absolutely is an alternative other than war. It's a better deal. It's foolish for anyone to think otherwise and to accept this capitulation to the Iranian leadership. The President says this deal isn't built on trust; it's built on verification. We can all agree that we can't trust, but no one including Secretary Kerry has read the details on the inspection and verification regime outlined in the side deals between the IAEA and Iran. How can anyone support a deal built on verification not knowing what the inspection and verification regime is? With Obamacare, Nancy Pelosi said we have to pass it to find out what is in it. With this deal, there is no guarantee we will get the entire agreement even if it was passed. Time will prove that the Iran nuclear deal should have never been signed off on in the first place.

Congress is not on the clock. The law is clear that the 60 day Congressional review period does not start until Congress receives the entire agreement, which is defined by law to include the side deals. Congress has not yet received the side deals between the IAEA and Iran, which outline the inspection and verification regime. When Congress receives the rest of the agreement as defined by law, the 60 day Congressional review period begins. No vote should happen before the entire agreement is submitted to Congress.”

Congressman Zeldin is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, and Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee. Rep. Zeldin is also Co-Chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus, which currently has over 100 members.