Vitter Statement on Obama's Deal With Iran to Weaken Sanctions


Date: Nov. 25, 2013
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Foreign Affairs

U.S. Sen. David Vitter made the following statement today regarding the agreement President Obama and the United Nations made with Iran about weakening economic sanctions for Iran.

"The definition of a deal usually means both parties get something, but all this deal amounts to is increased time and money for Iran to develop and acquire more deadly weapons," Vitter said. "We all want a peaceful solution, but Iran has not demonstrated any tangible guarantees of halting their nuclear weapons program. President Obama is just allowing them to push the "pause' button while we weaken our economic sanctions."

President Obama put pressure on Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid to block votes on increased sanction in Iran until after he had made this deal, which has delayed the passage of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act.

"There are Democrats in Congress who won't go along with the President's deal, mainly because it could reduce our standing with much needed allies in the hostile region -- particularly Israel," Vitter added. "Many of us in Congress will be working to correct this disproportionate deal -- assuming Reid allows us to actually bring up amendments and vote."

Vitter is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.