July 13, 2016
Yesterday and today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) voted against three reckless proposals that would undermine the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran and clear the path for Iran – one of our most dangerous threats – to obtain a nuclear weapon. All three bills were highly partisan and sent straight to the House floor for an up-or-down vote without the opportunity for members to offer amendments.
“The proposals put forward this week by Republicans were broad, reckless, highly partisan, and would reopen the door to Iranian nuclear proliferation,” said Rep. Peters. “They would make Americans less safe and undermine our global leadership at a time when we face new and dynamic threats. Instead of voting on proposals that will never pass the Senate and become law, we should be working on tough, smart, targeted bipartisan legislation that holds Iran accountable for its sponsorship of terror and development of conventional weapons.”
Congressman Peters announced his support for the Iran nuclear agreement last year in an opinion editorial in the San Diego Union Tribune and in a news conference on August 28th where he was joined by military leaders and combat veterans who do not want to see America engulfed in another protracted war. By JCPOA implementation day in January Iran had decreased its number of centrifuges from 19,000 to about 6,000 and cut down its stockpile of low-enriched uranium from 10,000kg to 300kg.