Roskam secures votes needed for disapproval of Iran deal

After securing the Congressional votes needed to disapprove of the pending Iran nuclear agreement, U.S. Rep.  Peter Roskam (R-IL) reiterated the importance of voting down the deal on Monday.

“Time is not the friend of this deal,” Roskam, co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, said. “The more time members spend evaluating this agreement, the more they realize it’s an historic mistake.”

A total of 218 members of the House have declared their support for H.R. 367, expressing disapproval of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran agreed to by the United Nations Security Council’s five permanent members, which consists of the U.S., China, France, Russia and the United Kingdom, plus Germany. The current resolution is intended to build support for a full vote on a formal joint resolution of disapproval, expected to come in September.

“While the administration continues to flaunt a false choice between this deal and war, Secretary Kerry said repeatedly over the course of the negotiations that he would walk away from a bad deal,” Roskam continued. “If that was the case, then surely there was an alternative besides this dangerous agreement and war. Congress and the American people believe a better agreement is still achievable, and we can start by walking away from this one. This is why a majority of the House is prepared to vote against this deal. We will do everything in our power to stop an accord that so utterly fails to shut down Iran’s nuclear program.”