May 14 2015

Graham-Backed Legislation on Iran Headed to President's Desk

Contact: Kevin Bishop (864) 250-1417 or Lorcan Connick (202) 224-5972

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today applauded the House of Representatives for passing the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which requires President Obama to submit any deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program to the Congress for review.

Graham was one of the original authors of the legislation. Last week it passed the Senate 98-1 and today passed the House of Representatives 400-25. The legislation will now be sent to President Obama who has reluctantly said he will sign it into law.

“As one of the primary authors of this legislation, I’m very proud of the House of Representatives for passing the important legislation,” said Graham. “Iran cannot be trusted. This legislation ensures the American people will have the opportunity to understand the details of any deal that may be entered into with the Iranians regarding their nuclear program.

"The American people, and their elected representatives, will be able to look at the content of the agreement, debate the consequences, and vote as to whether or not it's a good deal for the United States. I believe any deal should be verifiable and include conditions to ensure Iran never acquires a nuclear weapon. A good deal with Iran would be a blessing while a bad deal would be a nightmare. I cannot think of a worse scenario for our national security than a bad deal with Iran.”


Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee on Graham’s work on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act:

“I want to thank Senator Graham for his pushing to make sure that we got to this point. There’s no question and look you have been on this for months. You have pursued this. You have sold this publicly. You’ve worked with us as we caused this to evolve to get the number of votes we may get to actually cause this to become law. I don’t know if anybody in our caucus or anybody in the Senate that has more of a foreign policy, national security background, no one. And I want to thank you for your efforts to ensure that we do everything we can to make sure we have a voice in this agreement.”