Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby Reacts to Iran Nuclear Deal

July 14, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A proposed agreement over Iran’s nuclear capabilities fails to meet the Obama Administration’s own stated objectives, U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) said Tuesday.

Reacting to the White House announcement that negotiators have struck a nuclear deal with Iran, Roby said the proposal falls far short of what the administration promised Congress and the American people. 

“We’ve known for weeks now that Secretary Kerry and negotiators have been back-peddling, but I had hoped that by speaking out we could encourage them to strengthen their adherence to American interests. Unfortunately, that hasn’t worked. 

“The Obama Administration has insisted for years that Iran does not have a right to enrich uranium and that any lifting of sanctions would come with requiring Iran to acknowledge and dismantle their nuclear weapon program. What was announced today fails to meet even those basic objectives, and Americans should be very disappointed that President Obama and Secretary Kerry abandoned their own goals to strike a deal with Iran.

“More broadly, I fear this deal will work to aggravate an already dangerous and volatile region. It’s no secret that Iran is the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism. I fear this deal will only embolden those efforts with little more than hope that they’ll change their ways.

“Today, Iran’s decades of hostility and deception has been rewarded with a plum deal that ensures they’ll have a nuclear weapon before long. The message that sends to other rogue nations is dangerous and alarming. 

“Congress has 60 days to review this deal and render its judgment. We must use this time to inspect this agreement carefully and judge it based on what was promised to Congress and to the American people. 

“I believe my colleagues on both sides of the aisle must prepare to stand up and assert our authority to stop a potentially bad deal from going forward on behalf of the American people.” 

Roby recently traveled to the Middle East as part of a Congressional Delegation to meet with American allies directly impacted by Iran’s nuclear ambitions, including Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. In recent weeks, Roby has raised concerns that American negotiators had been conceding too much to Iran on major points like uranium enrichment, economic sanctions relief and inspection access.

Speaking from the House floor last week, Roby said the American negotiating position was weakened by President Barack Obama's and Secretary of State John Kerry's unwillingness to walk away from a potentially bad deal for the United States and its allies.

Roby said her colleagues – Republicans and Democrats – must prepare to “stand up” to the White House if a bad deal is reached. Under the recently-enacted Iran Nuclear Agreement Act, Congress has the opportunity to vote down any agreement that is put forward, but overriding the president’s promised veto would require bi-partisan support.