September 17, 2015

Crapo: President's Iran Deal Bad for America and Idaho

Says the deal weakens Americaâ??s foreign policy posture

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted for a second time to consider a resolution rejecting President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran:

"The President's executive nuclear agreement legitimizes Iran's nuclear weapons program and directly threatens our national security and regional allies. This agreement releases billions of dollars to Tehran, a portion of which even the administration acknowledges will wind up in the hands of terror groups," Crapo said.  "As I travel throughout the state, Idahoans have echoed many of my concerns with this agreement-it contains unseen "side deals" and depends on a questionable verification process.  Furthermore, Idahoans are shocked at the negotiators' failure to secure the release of Americans long detained in Iran, including Boise Pastor Saeed Abedini."

"The Administration's flawed negotiations repeatedly provided concessions to Iran, weakening our bargaining and foreign policy positions throughout the process.  The American people widely disapprove of the agreement, which is reflected in the overwhelming and bipartisan Congressional opposition to it.  The President's decision to go forward with the agreement is unacceptable, and gives the Iranian regime a green light to continue its export of violence-posing a very real threat to the United States, Idaho and the world."

The Senate failed to pass the resolution to reject the President's nuclear deal with Iran by a vote of 56-42, failing to invoke cloture on the measure.