Press Release: In a stern rebuke to reckless foreign policy, U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe (TX-04) voted on several pieces of legislation to show formal opposition to the administration’s nuclear deal with Iran.
“Like the overwhelming majority of the constituents that I am privileged to represent, I’m sick and tired of an administration which continually politicizes matters of national security,” said Ratcliffe. “The fact is the concessions made by the Obama Administration are nothing short of unconscionable. Iran is the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, yet this deal inexplicably rewards their deceptive behavior by giving them as much as $150 billion as a signing bonus,” Ratcliffe added.
Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representative considered H.R. 3461, a bill to approve the deal. Rep. Ratcliffe strongly opposed this measure, which failed convincingly by a 162-269 vote. In a separate vote, the House passed, and Rep. Ratcliffe supported, H.R. 3460, legislation that would suspend until January 2017, when a new President comes to office, the president’s authority to remove sanctions on Iran.
Additionally, H. Res 411 also passed with Rep. Ratcliffe’s support, a resolution finding that the president has not complied with the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 due to the administration’s failure to disclose to Congress several side deals between Iran and other international parties. With these three votes, Rep. Ratcliffe sent a strong message about the seriousness of his opposition to the deal, his commitment to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and unwavering support for Israel.
“The President and his liberal allies would like us to believe that this deal they have negotiated with Iran is the only alternative to war, but war is much more likely under a deal that puts a nuclear weapon in the hands of madmen,” said Ratcliffe. “It is a historic mistake and I will continue to stand resolute in rejecting this deal. The security of America, our allies, and the free world depends on it.”