Cardin, Stabenow, Risch

Morning Business

Senator Cardin: (5:04 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "I first want to thank senator Risch for his tireless dedication to the plight of the three American citizens unjustifiably detained in Iran as well as his efforts to call upon the Iranian government to call on locating Robert Livingston, a missing fourth American and return him also to his family. I want to thank my colleagues from the states in which these Americans are from, Senator Feinstein and Boxer from California, Senator Stabenow and Peters from Michigan, Senator Nelson and Rubio from Florida, and Senator Crapo and Senator Risch of Idaho. For their efforts to working with the families of these American citizens that have been held too long in Iran. I call upon the government of Iran to do the right thing, do the right thing, and immediately release these citizens and send them home to their families and communities as soon as possible. The resolution has a statement of policy that is absolutely unobjectionable in any way." 


Senator Stabenow: (5:18 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "This resolution, is a clear message to the Iranian government. You want to sit at the table with the rest of the international community, free Amir Hekmati now, as well as all the other U.S. citizens that are being held as hostages. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of their families. And I can tell you that for us in Michigan, we are laser focused on making sure that Amir Hekmati's name is lifted up at every opportunity and that it is very clear that this brave, courageous marine who has served our country so well has the full support of our government to bring him home immediately."


Senator Risch: (5:25 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "The demographics in that country show that there is a real disconnect between the people of that country and the regime that operates that country. Most notably, as a downside for the present regime is the demographics show that the vast majority of people that are living in Iran are young people. They have a different view of the world than the regime does. They are a secular people who do not want to be ruled by religious fanatics, which is what they have today, and if any event, the world is watching how this is going to unfold. Now, we have a clear expression. Senator Cardin made mention of this. We ran this as a separate document, not as part of the resolution that we passed last week. This is a separate document where we are going to have a clear expression of the nature and the view of what the world takes of this and the view that the United States Senate and the United States Congress takes of the conduct that Iran is engaged in."