WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 850, the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act. Following are his remarks, as prepared for delivery:
“Let me thank my colleague from California, the chairman of the committee, and his whole committee for their hard work on this issue. A special thanks to the chairman ‘emeritus’ of the committee, my colleague from Florida, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, whose efforts we’re building on today. I also want to thank all the committee chairs and members who have worked to get this bill to the floor.
“Today I rise in support of H.R. 850, the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act. This legislation recognizes a stark truth – that Iran is a global menace – and acts decisively to address it.
“We know Iran is the world’s most aggressive sponsor of terrorism – extending now into Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, even into this hemisphere. We know that Iran is attempting to build illicit nuclear weapons capability, in willful defiance of both the UN Security Council and the IAEA. And we know the Supreme Leader and the Ayatollahs remain committed to the destruction of Israel – one of our dearest allies.
“The United States – especially its Congress – has a duty to respond to Iran’s actions, not its rhetoric. So this bill seeks to reduce Iran’s oil exports by an additional 1 million barrels a day – which would be a two-thirds reduction from current levels. We’re also looking to target human rights violators, close the loophole on access to hard foreign currency. And we’ll give the president the authority to restrict significant commercial trade with Iran.
“These strong and targeted sanctions will ensure the Administration has both the political and economic tools to deal with this regime. Because the American people are not interested in allowing Iran another shot at running out the clock on negotiations while it marches toward developing a break-out nuclear capability.
“I’ll cast my vote for this measure, and I urge all my House colleagues to join me."