WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after voting to pass the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act.
"We must do everything we can to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and today’s passage of the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act will help ensure that Congress plays a constructive, focused, and appropriate role in reviewing a potential nuclear deal with Iran.
“Throughout this debate, some of my colleagues have tried to inject partisan, poison-pill amendments that would have done more to derail diplomacy than strengthen a potential deal. Our ability to defeat these amendments and pass the responsible, bipartisan bill we have today is an important step for the Senate and reflects the leadership of Senators Corker and Cardin, who ably shepherded the bill through the Foreign Relations Committee and the full Senate. They knew the alternative to this bill was not a better bill, but instead, no bill and implementation of a final deal without any meaningful congressional input. Today’s vote shows that the Senate can and should be relevant in setting American foreign policy.
"As the Administration reaches the final stretch of its discussions with Iran, what remains non-negotiable is that Iran can never be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapon. A nuclear-armed Iran would threaten the security of the United States, Israel, and the wider Middle East, and would lead to a destabilizing arms race in a region already plagued by chaos and violence.
“I look forward to working closely with the Administration and my colleagues in Congress to support strong, clear-eyed diplomacy and prevent a nuclear-armed Iran – with or without a deal – from becoming a reality."