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"Roskam-Zeldin" Co-Lead Bill to Prohibit President from Lifting Sanctions on Iran

September 10, 2015
Press Release
Vote Expected as Early as Tomorrow (Friday)

Washington, DC – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY 1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee and co-chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus, and Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL 6), member of the House Ways and Means Committee and co-chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus, announced today that they are co-leading a bill (H.R. 3460) in the House of Representatives to prevent the President from lifting sanctions on Iran.

The legislation, H.R. 3460, which was introduced last night and will be voted on tomorrow, would prohibit the President to waive, suspend, or otherwise limit the application of sanctions pursuant to an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran until January 21, 2017.

Both Congressmen Roskman and Zeldin have been strong advocates against the Iran nuclear deal.

“This is a fatally flawed deal that paves the path to worsening instability in the Middle East and a nuclear arms race in the region," said Congressman Zeldin. "The free world got steamrolled at the negotiating table. It was American exceptionalism on an apology tour. We cannot allow this President to negotiate away our leverage without any resolution on Iran’s continued efforts to overthrow foreign governments, finance terror, develop ICBMs, blow up mock U.S. warships, pledge to wipe Israel off the map, and chant Death to America in their streets while unjustly imprisoning American citizens, including a Marine, a Pastor and a Reporter. Congress still has not received the entire agreement from the President, including the critically significant verification agreements entered into between the IAEA and Iran. The President says this deal is not based on trust; it is based on verification. How can anyone support a deal based on verification without knowing the verification regime? While some members of Congress choose party loyalty over national security, the rest of us must fight tooth and nail to defend America's freedoms and liberties. We got played at the negotiating table and I, for one, wasn't sent to Congress to play along. America can and must do better."

Congressman Peter Roskam said, “This dangerous nuclear agreement is what happens when the Administration capitulates to the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism. Under no circumstances should Congress be complicit in giving Iran a $150 billion cash infusion to further fund attacks against the United States and our allies. That’s why we’re introducing this important bill to prevent President Obama from lifting statutory sanctions against Iran under this deeply flawed deal. I want to thank Congressman Zeldin for his leadership on this issue critical to U.S. national security.”

A copy of the bill can be found here: PDF iconHR 3460.pdf