Yoho Rejects President Obama’s Iran Deal
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, voted to reject President Obama’s Iran Nuclear deal. Congressman Yoho issued the following statement after the vote:
“I cannot in good conscience support this nuclear agreement with Iran that threatens our national security. For the last three years, I have listened to the experts on my Foreign Affairs Committee. The takeaway is that this is not a good deal for the Middle East, the United States, or the world. I have also listened to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle - who support this deal- say that this prevents Iran from getting a nuclear bomb. This thinking is naïve. Whether it is in a year or ten years, the Iranian regime will have a bomb – that is their main objective.
“A couple days ago, the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said during a speech in Tehran, that Israel will not exist in the next 25 years. Add to this Iran’s history as being the biggest State sponsor of terrorism around the world and their constant chants of ‘Death to America’ and it is hard to believe their nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.
“The sanctions placed on Iran were working and should have remained in place. Now they will have relief from those sanctions and an infusion of 150 billion dollars. This alone ensures the region will become more unstable and the Iran we face in the future will be stronger and better equipped.
“It angers me that the Obama Administration negotiated from a position of weakness and gave up the farm for a promise from a theocratic regime. The anytime inspections of their facilities are out, the embargos on arms and ballistic missiles are being removed, there is no guarantee that their nefarious actions around the world will cease, and four Americans are still being held against their will. Those are just a few of the red flags waving in our face. Does this sound like a good deal?
“I think it is fitting we debated this nuclear agreement on the 14th anniversary of 9/11. This day, of all days, should be a solemn reminder that it is up to all of us - as a nation - to do all we can to prevent an attack of that magnitude from happening again. This agreement does not give me confidence and I believe it is not in America’s best interest. We can and must do better.”
Congressman Ted Yoho serves on the Foreign Affairs and Agriculture Committees. He represents North Florida’s 3rd Congressional District