Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito gave the Republican’s weekly address this week, discussing the controversial Iran nuclear deal.
According to Capito, the deal “fails to meet even the administration’s own objectives” and because it was approved, “the president operated from a position of concession and not of strength [and] the American people are left with a bad deal.”
“The bipartisan majority of Congress and the American public have concluded it will not improve our safety, our security, or our stability,” she said. “The partisan minority in Congress who support the deal acknowledge its shortcomings, and the litany of flaws raised throughout this debate should invoke serious concerns about our entering into this agreement with Iran.”
Read the full transcript of the Republican’s weekly address:
I’m Senator Shelley Moore Capito from West Virginia.
For months, Congress carefully and thoughtfully examined the details of the President’s agreement with Iran and its profound implications for our national security.
We have evaluated this deal through simple and straightforward standards:
Will this agreement eliminate Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon?
Will it improve the security situation in the Middle East?
And, most importantly, will it make America safer?
The bipartisan majority of Congress and the American public have concluded it will not improve our safety, our security, or our stability.
The partisan minority in Congress who support the deal acknowledge its shortcomings, and the litany of flaws raised throughout this debate should invoke serious concerns about our entering into this agreement with Iran.
The tens of billions of dollars that Iran will receive once the sanctions are lifted will only increase its ability to sponsor the Syrian regime, support Hezbollah and threaten our allies.
The President has said that sanctions will go back into effect if Iran violates this agreement, but let’s be clear, reversing course will be next to impossible.
When I visited the Middle East this spring, I heard firsthand from world leaders and our troops on the ground about the dangers posed by a nuclear Iran.
Iran is the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.
This is the same regime that is currently holding four Americans prisoner.
Its Supreme Leader said last week that he believes Israel will no longer exist within 25 years.
The regime has already signaled it will defy attempts by the U.S. and other nations who aim to enforce this agreement.
Iran’s Supreme Leader has said that, ‘Even after this deal, our policy toward the arrogant U.S. will not change.’
Based on its past actions, Iran is not a credible player.
Sanctions adopted by Congress are what brought Iran to the negotiating table in the first place.
Stronger sanctions could have forced Iran to accept a better agreement – an agreement that is in the best interests of America and the world.
Unfortunately, a partisan minority in the Senate blocked a bipartisan majority from even taking a true up or down vote on whether the nuclear agreement should be approved.
This is despite the […]