- On April 2, the Obama Administration and its P5+1 partners announced an historic framework agreement with Iran,
aimed at preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
- Since then, opponents of Iran diplomacy and a deal – both in the United States and Israel – have doubled down
on efforts to use Congress to scuttle diplomacy and undermine the possibility of getting to, and implementing, a
final agreement with Iran.
- Senators are being pressured to support S. 615 – and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to pass this bill on April
14. In its current form, the bill includes a number of poison pill provisions that will undermine
diplomacy and likely kill a deal. These include provisions to delay implementation of a deal,
legislate a congressional veto of a deal, strip the president of existing waiver authorities, and impose
conditions for U.S. adherence to a deal that are unrelated to Iran’s nuclear program.
- Senators are also being urged to support S. 269, which seeks to legislate new Iran sanctions that would be triggered if no deal
with Iran is reached.
- Both bills are entirely unnecessary. Passage of either bill risks undermining the ongoing diplomacy with
the P5+1 and killing a deal – leaving the U.S. isolated and bringing the U.S. closer to the point where it will be
forced to choose between a nuclear-armed Iran and another Middle East war.
Tell your Senators: Give diplomacy every possible chance to work – Reject S. 269
& S. 615