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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Opposing the Iran Deal

September 9, 2015
Speech

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.J. Res. 64 - Disapproving of the agreement transmitted to Congress by the President on July 19, 2015, relating to the nuclear program of Iran.

First, I would like to commend all the individuals from the Obama Administration and their counter-parts across the globe for the tireless work they put into this agreement. Since the Iranian revolution in 1979, this is the closest our country and the international community have come to signing a peace agreement.That progress did not come without significant sacrifice of personal and professional time.

Unfortunately, Mr. Speaker, I am unable to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

While I commend all those involved and recognize the importance of a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran, I do not believe that is what we are getting. For the past 30 years, the international community has been subjected to Iranian threats and bully behaviors. The international community has had to tolerate Iran’s constant threats to destroy our nation and the State of Israel, our staunch ally.

For too long, the community of nations has dealt with Iran’s funding of terrorism throughout the Middle East and the world. I am unable to support a deal that would allow the Iranian regime to continue to perpetrate these actions without any repercussions. It is important to mention that these are not just my beliefs.

Since the announcement in July, my office has received hundreds of contacts from constituents opposing the Iran agreement. In the month of August, I held town halls, hosted meetings and conducted constituent visits. The majority of those interactions affirmed the people in our district do not trust Iran.

The State of Israel should not have to worry about more threats and potentially expanded attacks funded by Iranian petro-dollars. The United States shouldn’t have to provide relief to a regime that continues to call for our destruction and those of our allies.

I believe the delay and dismantlement of Iran’s nuclear program is a laudable goal, perhaps one of the most important in the world. I also believe that we should work to alleviate the pressures and foster the goals of the Iranian people. The young people in Iran are being held accountable for the actions of an autocratic, religiously-motivated panel of leaders. However, we cannot ignore 30 years of unrelenting threats and condemnable behavior for a decade or less of nuclear concessions.

In Texas, perception is often reality and if you are perceived as a bully, then you’ll be treated as one. We spent too many years bringing Iran to the table through sanctions and diplomatic pressures. We cannot easily forget the history between the two countries but we can hopefully work toward a better situation. 

As long as our friends and allies in the Middle East and around the world feel the threat of Iranian influence, our job as the United States is to hold the regime accountable in every way possible.

It is my hope we work together to block this deal and use it’s framework to get a better deal.

I urge my colleagues to support H.J. Res. 64 and I yield back. 

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