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WASHINGTON, DC – Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor this afternoon in support of H.R. 1191, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
“Mr. Speaker, I want to congratulate Senator Cardin, the Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, for his hard work to reach this compromise with Chairman Corker. This compromise bill allows Congress to look carefully at any final agreement. It will help ensure that our common goal is achieved: a non-nuclear-armed Iran.
“I believe this bill reflects the consensus among Members of both the House and Senate that Congress – which authored the sanctions that brought Iran to the negotiating table – has an important role to play in this process. I also want to thank our negotiating team for their tireless efforts to reach a framework agreement.
“As I have said before, any final agreement must prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and include the most intrusive inspections and access regime we’ve ever seen in order to verify Iran’s compliance. It must address potential military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program and bring about Iran’s full cooperation with U.N. Security Council resolutions.
“The United States must never permit Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, and we will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel in defense of its security. That means ensuring Israel maintains its qualitative military edge, including through robust support for anti-missile systems and anti-tunneling defense programs. It also means supporting our Gulf partners from Iran’s destabilizing activities.
“Preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon is directly in America’s national security interest. A nuclear-armed Iran is a threat to us all.
“This bill will ensure that Congress can review any final nuclear agreement with Iran to make certain that it meets the goals we and the president share. I encourage my colleagues to support this bipartisan legislation.”