PAST ACTION - Tell Your Senators: Reject Anti-Diplomacy Iran Bills

Update: this action, now closed, ran in April 2015. 

  • 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