Time’s up, Mr. President. You should move forward with your initial plans to impose new sanctions on Iran for its recent ballistic missile tests. It seems your administration is intent on sweeping these transgressions under the rug, but we’re equally intent on ensuring the U.S. responds appropriately to these provocative actions. And now, key members of your own party are also losing faith in your ability to confront Iran.
This week, several key House Democrats, including DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), and Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY), criticized the president for his shameful capitulation to the Iranian regime:
“Inaction from the United States would send the misguided message that, in the wake of the JCPOA, the international community has lost the willingness to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its support for terrorism and other offensive actions throughout the region….This behavior — including these ballistic missile tests — poses a direct threat to American national security interests and those of our allies.”
And they’re not alone. A growing chorus of Democrats, including some who supported the president’s nuclear deal, are taking issue with the administration’s failure to act.
- “I am disappointed that the Administration has delayed punitive action in response to Iran’s recent ballistic missile tests…Iran must know with certainty that violating U.N. Security Council resolutions, both inside and outside the scope of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), will be met with serious consequences.” – Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House Minority Whip
- "What has happened as a result of Iran violating the U.N. Security Council resolutions as it relates to missile testing? Absolutely nothing. Something is wrong because the silence is so deafening." – Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
- “I believe in the power of vigorous enforcement that pushes back on Iran’s bad behavior.…If we don’t do that, we invite Iran to cheat.” – Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)
The House will not wait for the president to act. Next week, we will vote on legislation offered by Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK) to limit the president's ability to remove sanctions on Iran as it continues to engage in illicit activities. We are committed to preventing a nuclear Iran and doing whatever is necessary to protect the U.S. and our allies from this dangerous regime.