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Palmer: The ‘Iran Deal’ is a Capitulation to a Fanatical Islamic Regime

September 11, 2015
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) voted twice today in opposition to the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or the ‘Iran Deal.’

The first vote, on H.R.3461, would affirmatively approve the terms of the ‘Iran Deal.’  Congressman Palmer voted against this measure, which failed by a vote of 162 to 269.

The second vote, on H.R. 3460, would bar the President, till the end of his administration, from waiving the sanctions imposed under Iran sanctions laws.  Palmer supported this measure, which passed by a vote of 247 to 186.

“The Iran deal is not a deal, it’s a capitulation,” Palmer said.  “I do not trust Iran to abide by any agreement that seriously hampers its nuclear ambitions, and the inspections plan is far too lax to ensure Iran does not violate the agreement.  Even assuming the agreement is adhered to perfectly, it will only delay Iran from developing the capability to make a nuclear weapon a few years.

“Instead of promoting nuclear disarmament, this agreement will create a nuclear arms race in the region where other nations, such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt, will face pressure to obtain nuclear weapons to counteract Iran.  The sanctions relief will also allow for Iran to further fund terrorism in the region.  This is not a choice between war and this deal; it is a choice between this and a better deal.  We should increase sanctions and redouble our efforts to hamper Iran’s nuclear program, not give them billions of dollars to finance terrorism and their nuclear ambitions.”

The agreement requires that Iran be given 24 days’ notice before inspections can take place.  They may not be allowed at all, since any dispute over inspections would be referred to an eight nation commission where decisions would require a majority vote. This agreement also lifts prohibitions on Iran building intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM’s) after eight years, and gives Iran up to $150 billion in sanctions relief, which can be used to fund terrorism or their nuclear ambitions.  Iran has been designated as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1984, and the most recent State Department Country Report on Terrorism states that Iran’s support for terrorism is “undiminished.”

You can watch Congressman Palmer’s floor speech on the Iran Deal here:

For any additional questions, contact:

Cliff Smith, (202) 225-4921,

U.S. Representative Gary Palmer (R-AL) serves on three Congressional committees: Oversight and Government Reform, Budget, and Science, Space and Technology.  Visit Palmer online at his website or via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.