Carter: The Most Consequential Debate in the History of our Country

| September 14, 2015

Carter Buddy

Buddy Carter, U.S. House of Representatives, First District of Georgia

This week the United States House of Representatives acted to stop President Obama’s dangerous nuclear deal with Iran. I truly believe this will prove to be one of the most consequential debates in the history of our country.

First, the House voted to halt the deal until all documents – including reported secret side deals – are turned over to Congress for review. The legislation passed by the House with my support specifies that the Obama Administration has failed to abide by the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. That law, which I supported, requires the terms of any nuclear agreement with Iran to be transmitted to Congress to be reviewed for up to sixty days. This vote was necessary because the administration has not lived up to its requirements under the law.

Senior Obama Administration officials, including National Security Adviser Susan Rice, have acknowledged secret side deals between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which would be charged with enforcing any nuclear agreement. While the Administration has been informed of their contents, they have not provided the documents to Congress for review.

While I’ve seen enough to know that I strongly oppose this deal, the Obama administration must provide Congress with all information related to these dangerous negotiations that will impact the safety and security of our homeland and the entire world.

Next, I voted to strip the President of his ability to lift economic sanctions on Iran. Under the nuclear deal, Iran will have access to $100 billion to $150 billion in hard currency, mainly oil sales proceeds, which it has been unable to repatriate to its Central Bank. Banks around the world, particularly those in South Korea and Japan holding the funds, have been cooperating with U.S. sanctions by refusing to transfer those assets to Iran. Economists estimate that Iran’s economy will grow from 2% to as much as 9% in the first year after sanctions are lifted.

We all know this massive payout won’t be spent on schools, hospitals or the needs of Iranian people. The reality is that billions of dollars will be spent on new weapons, cracking down on pro-democracy activists inside Iran, and continuing to spread terrorism around the world. These longstanding sanctions helped to bring Iran to its knees and now the President is eager take off the pressure. Eliminating these sanctions is paving the way for Iran to threaten the safety of Americans and our allies around the world like Israel.

Finally, I voted to completely reject the deal. Providing for the common defense is such a central and fundamental responsibility of the federal government that it was enshrined in the preamble to our Constitution. This deal does just the opposite – it puts the United States and our allies around the world in danger. This is not just a bad deal for America; it is a dangerous deal for the entire world. It rewards the world’s leading terrorist regime while exposing our allies and launching a nuclear arms race in the most unstable region in the world.

We must reject this deal and stand strong as a country resolute in our pursuit of freedom and justice, stand with our allies, and stand with the American people who overwhelmingly oppose this deal.

I will continue to fight to put a stop to this dangerous deal and I strongly urge my colleagues in the Senate to do the same.

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