Scott Statement on Votes Relating to Iran Nuclear Agreement

September 11, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives voted on H.R. 3461, to APPROVE the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed at Vienna on July 14, 2015, relating to the nuclear program of Iran.  Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) voted YES on H.R. 3461 (Roll Call No. 493).

The House also considered H.R. 3460, a bill to suspend until January 21, 2017, the President’s authority to waive, suspend, reduce, provide relief from, or otherwise limit the application of sanctions pursuant to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.  Congressman Scott voted NO on H.R. 3460 (Roll Call No. 494).    

Congressman Scott issued the following statement on today’s votes relating to the Iran nuclear agreement:

“During the debate this week on the Iran nuclear agreement, House Republicans have offered no rational alternative to the current deal.  The chances of getting a better agreement are negligible.  Our international negotiating partners have said as much and they have also indicated that international sanctions will fall apart if Congress blocks the President from implementing our obligations under the agreement.  And without international sanctions, U.S. sanctions alone will be ineffective to prevent the release of Iranian funds because most of those funds are actually held in foreign banks.

“So if Congress blocks this agreement, we will not have a better deal, Iran will get sanctions relief, its nuclear program can continue without the restrictions and inspections required under this agreement, and the United States will lose international support for any future efforts to rein in Iran’s nuclear program.

“This debate should not have been on what could have or should have been in the agreement, but where the United States and our allies would be with no agreement at all.  However imperfect this agreement may be, the fact remains that this agreement gives the United States and our allies a much better chance to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon than no agreement at all.”

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Last week, Congressman Scott released a detailed statement outlining his position on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which can be accessed here: