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Congressman Lloyd Doggett

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Rep. Doggett Responds to President’s U.S. Withdrawal of Iran Nuclear Agreement

May 8, 2018

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), senior Member on the House Ways & Means Committee, issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s impending withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Agreement. In 2015, Rep. Doggett, along with Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and David Price (D-NC), led a successful House whip effort to counter Republican obstruction of Obama Administration nuclear negotiations. You can view Rep. Doggett’s video statement here, and read his statement below.  

Full statement:

 “I have no illusions about the Iranian government, but both our military experts and international inspectors verify that Iran is in full compliance. The alternative to this successful diplomacy has always been war. With American troops already on the ground in multiple Middle Eastern countries, President Trump is forcing us along a path to violent military confrontation.  

“President Trump recklessly imperils our security, the integrity of America’s word, and the prospects for a verifiable North Korean agreement. With 96 percent of its enriched uranium removed, two-thirds of its centrifuges dismantled, and ongoing intrusive, rigorous inspections giving us valuable insight into Iran, and an enforceable commitment continuing to deny Iran nuclear weapons, this agreement has made us much safer.  How fortunate we would be to obtain a verifiable accord with North Korea as strong as this Iran agreement that Trump so wrongfully condemns.  How ironic that Trump praises the North Korean leader as ‘very honorable,’ while refusing to join with our allies to ensure continued strict enforcement of this hard-won agreement.”

You can read more about Rep. Doggett’s 2015 effort here. Additionally, Rep. Doggett, along with more than 180 Members of Congress, including those who both voted for and against the Iran Nuclear Agreement, urged the President to honor the Iran Nuclear Agreement last fall. That letter can be found here. Since his original effort, he has been a leading voice on the need for strict enforcement and to prevent any breach of the agreement.

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