Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is not happy with the Obama administration’s efforts at reconciling with Iran. As the Obama team works to smooth over relations with the Iranian regime, the Iranians are simultaneously working against us in other parts of the Middle East. The Iranians have seen an opening to expand their Imperial ambitions, and they are going for it with gusto. They now dominate Middle Eastern politics, and they control the capitals of at least four of their neighboring nations. Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, and Iraq are now practically being run as “satellite nations” controlled by the Iranian leadership.
Seeing the obvious disconnect between our leadership and reality, Rep. DeSantis is now pushing forward with several amendments meant to expose the danger Iran poses to the American people and our military.
Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security and a Naval Reserve Officer who served an active-duty tour in Iraq, intends to offer several amendments to the Senate-passed Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act that will be considered by the House this week.
“Congress needs to speak up on behalf of the American people about the dangers of the proposed framework with Iran,” DeSantis said. “The framework envisions conceding billions to Iran in sanctions relief while also providing legitimacy to Iran’s vast nuclear infrastructure.”
DeSantis continued, “Iran provided deadly military grade explosives to militants in Iraq which were used against U.S. military men and women during Operation Iraqi Freedom, killing significant numbers of our troops. Yet Iran has never been held to account for its conduct. A deal which gives Iran billions without addressing the American blood Iran has on its hands does not do justice to the service of the fallen.”
DeSantis supports, and is prepared to offer, the following amendments:
- Require that the negotiating record be available for members of Congress in a classified/unclassified setting within a designated timeframe from announcement of an agreed upon deal.
- Require that International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors be allowed at all Iranian military sites at any time.
- Any agreement with Iran requires Iran to pay reparations for all U.S. servicemen killed or harmed in Iraq due directly or indirectly to the involvement of any Iranian funded or supported groups.
- To prohibit the provision of sanctions relief until the President has certified to Congress that the Government of Iran has fully and verifiably disclosed all of the possible military dimensions associated with the Iranian nuclear program.
- To prohibit the provision of sanctions relief until the President has certified to Congress that the Government of Iran has permanently closed or rendered inoperable all of its hardened underground facilities associated with the Iranian nuclear program.
Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security and a Naval Reserve Officer, led Members of Congress who served on active duty in either Iraq or Afghanistan in a Special Order on the House floor in opposition to the Obama administration’s pending deal with Iran.