Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Press Release: Rep. Paul Cook Votes to Reject Iran Deal

Sep 11, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted against HR 3461, a resolution that would have approved of the Iran Nuclear deal. Additionally, Rep. Cook voted for H. Res 411, a resolution recognizing the failure of the President to comply with the Iran Nuclear Review Act, and HR 3460, a bill to suspend sanctions relief for Iran.

Rep. Cook joined a majority of his House colleagues in voting down HR 3461, which rejects the President’s badly flawed Iranian Nuclear Agreement.

H. Res 411, the Iran Nuclear Review Act, requires that the President submit all documents related to the nuclear deal to Congress. The Associated Press revealed secret side deals between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran that have never been made available to Congress or the American people. H. Res 411 recognizes that the President has not complied with the terms of the ‪Iran Nuclear Review Act passed the House.

Lastly, HR 3460 suspends, until January 21, 2017, the authority of the President to lift sanctions on Iran. This bill also prohibits the President from releasing any frozen assets belonging to Iranian officials involved in terrorism or Iran’s nuclear program. HR 3460 passed the House.

Cook said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran’s founding action 35 years ago was to declare war on the United States, violating all international laws and agreements by invading our embassy and taking our diplomats hostage. Since then, Iran has been complicit in the murders of thousands of our military service members. Iran’s Lebanese terrorist proxy, Hezbollah, murdered hundreds of Marines in Lebanon in the 1980s, and in the last decade, Iranian-sponsored militias murdered thousands of American service members in Iraq.

“For weeks, I’ve reviewed the Iran deal, consulted with our military leadership, and heard from our allies. Iran is the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism and has never indicated any willingness to change its behavior, so what would this deal change? I don’t trust Iran to comply with this deal, and I voted against rewarding them with over a hundred billion dollars in sanctions relief, which will be used to finance terror.

“To this day, Iran continues to hold American hostages. This is a regime that was born in terror and that exists to spread terror across the world. I refuse to trust the security of America and our allies to the Iranian regime’s promises. I don’t trust Iran, and I’m glad that a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives joined me in rejecting this bad deal.”