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Larson Votes in Favor of the Iran Nuclear Agreement

September 11, 2015
Press Release

Washington – “On this day fourteen years ago, the United States suffered one of the worst attacks in our history. In the wake of tragedy, Congress—never more united—stood behind our President when our nation needed us the most. What a stark contrast to our division today.

“We have a chance to come together again, not in grief but in hope. The possibility of a nuclear Iran poses a very real threat to Israel, the stability of the Middle East, and the United States and its allies. We have a sound opportunity before us to peacefully ensure Iran cannot acquire a nuclear weapon.

“This is an historic moment decades in the making, and I commend our President for his patience, persistence, and steadfast commitment to denying Iran nuclear capability. He has paved a new path towards a more stable Middle East through diplomacy rather than war.

“It saddens me to think that the Congress would allow fear and discord to triumph over hope. We were elected to serve the people, hear their concerns, give them our best, educated judgment, and then act. I’ve thoroughly reviewed the agreement. After speaking with the President, Secretary Kerry, Secretary Moniz, national security experts, scientists, and constituents alike, my conscience is clear: I believe this deal provides us with the best path forward to preventing a nuclear armed Iran.

“I am proud to stand here in support of this agreement.  This is a vote of conscience and while I respect those who have come to a different decision than me on this agreement, I am deeply disappointed in the division that has been fostered by the majority—driven by politics—on an issue so important to the security of the nation.

“Fourteen years ago, Congress came together in solidarity. What a shame that today’s vote represents how divided we have become. This is a time to stand behind our leaders, to join together as one nation. Members who object to this agreement should find a way to strengthen our diplomatic approach, not create a partisan process designed to score political points.

“We have come together in the past, and I believe we should do so again…on this day especially.”