Apr 30 2015

Graham Supports Forcing Congressional Vote on Any Iranian Nuclear Agreement

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

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made these statements on the floor of the United States Senate in support of Corker-Menendez-Graham-Kaine legislation which would require President Obama to submit any nuclear deal with Iran to the Congress for review.

• “I don’t trust the Iranians.” https://youtu.be/XB3lpl98YUc?t=1m47s

• “Of all the things we will do Mr. President, probably in our political lifetime, I can’t think of anything more important than getting the Iran nuclear ambitions right.” https://youtu.be/XB3lpl98YUc?t=8s

• “There are aspects of amendments that are pending that I would embrace in a New York minute. But I believe that some of these amendments, no matter how much I support the concept, would break apart a bipartisan coalition that’s taken a year to form.” https://youtu.be/XB3lpl98YUc?t=3m57s

• “We’ve got a Democratic president who I think wants a deal way too badly.” https://youtu.be/XB3lpl98YUc?t=1m57s

• “What’s a bad deal? A bad deal would be one that would result in a North Korean outcome where you lock in a capacity in the hands of the Iranians to be monitored by the international community and one day they break out and you wake up and they’ve got a bomb. A bad deal would be too much capacity in the hands of the Iranians that would spook the Sunni Arabs to want to go buy a bomb of their own. I cannot tell you the consequences to the world and our nation if you have a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. That’s what a bad deal leads to.” https://youtu.be/XB3lpl98YUc?t=29s

Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) on Senator Graham’s Work:

“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 of 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.” https://youtu.be/XB3lpl98YUc?t=10m44s