Gillibrand, Schumer say they want time to review nuclear deal with Iran

Staff Reports Posted 14 July 2015 at 12:00 am

The United States and five of its allies have reached an agreement with Iran that puts restrictions on its nuclear program and sets up an inspections regime to make sure Iran is meeting its obligations.

In exchange for Iran’s cooperation, the U.S. and its European partners have agreed to drop sanctions, allowing Iran to sell more oil and rejoin international financial systems. Click here for more information on the agreement.

Many Republicans in Congress, including House Speaker John Boehner, are critical of the deal.

“At the outset of these talks, the Obama administration said it would secure an agreement that affirmed Iran does not have a right to enrich and permanently dismantles the infrastructure of its nuclear programs,” Boehner said in a statement. “It said that sanctions would not be lifted until Iran met concrete, verifiable standards. And if these terms were not met, the president promised he would walk away.

“The American people and our allies were counting on President Obama to keep his word. Instead, the president has abandoned his own goals.”

Boehner said he would fight the deal, believing it is wrong for U.S. national security.

Members of Congress have two months to review the agreement.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, issued this statement:

“Over the coming days, I intend to go through this agreement with a fine-tooth comb, speak with administration officials, and hear from experts on all sides. I supported legislation ensuring that Congress would have time and space to review the deal, and now we must use it well. Supporting or opposing this agreement is not a decision to be made lightly, and I plan to carefully study the agreement before making an informed decision.”

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, issued this statement:

“I strongly supported and helped pass the sanctions that were put in place that brought Iran to the table, but sanctions alone won’t work. The best outcome for the national security interests of the United States and Israel is a strong, verifiable deal that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Now that the deal is complete, it is Congress’s duty to look long and hard at the details. I want to read all of the details, especially on the verification components, before making a determination whether this is a good deal.”