Rubio, Nelson, Tillis, Cardin, Corker

Vehicle for Iran Nuclear Bill (H.R. 1191)

Senator Rubio: (1:30 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "If Iran gets the right to enrich and reprocess, we will enrich and reprocess. If Iran builds a weapon, we will build a weapon. And so it creates the very real specter that we're going to have an arms race, a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. You're talking about a region of the world that has been unstable for 3,800 years … You talk about a region of the world that could have a nuclear arms race, one of the most unstable regions on the planet. I'm hopeful that we'll get a good deal. I'm not hopeful that we will but I think we're better off that we have this process in place. So I hope this bill passes here today so at least we'll have a chance to weigh in on an issue of critical importance."

 

Senator Nelson: (1:45 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "What is in the interest of the national security of the United States which in most cases always falls into what's in the interest of the national security of Israel as well. And the senator and I come to different conclusions. Now, first of all, we don't know the final details, but we do know a framework that was put out. And if that framework is fleshed out and it suggests, with the details by June 30, then the simple bottom line for this senator is if it prevents Iran from building a nuclear weapon over at least a ten-year period with the sufficient safeguards, intrusions, inspections, unannounced as well that prevents them from having a nuclear weapon without us getting a year's -- conservatively, a year's advance notice, and we know that's a guarantee for a ten-year period; if not, 15 and 20 years, is that in the interest of the united States? And this senator has concluded, yes, it is."

 

Senator Tillis: (1:49 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "I think the current state's working. Sanctions are working. Pressure on Iran to respect human rights, to get out of the terror business is very important. The last slide I want to give you, I wanted to spend more time on, how on Earth does anyone think that a nation that is not intent on launching a nuclear missile at sometime would invest in this sort of infrastructure to reach different parts of the globe? It's only a matter of time. Now we've heard maybe it will only be ten years or be maybe it will only be a year from when we find out about it. But make no mistake about it, if Iran is left alone they are going to have the ability to deliver this sort of terror anywhere else in the world and that is why I'm supporting the bill."

 

Senator Cardin: (1:52 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "We understand that and require of the administration as to their activities in each of these areas. And it's very clear as the president made in his summary of the April 2 framework that nothing in this agreement affects the other sanctions that are imposed against Iran because of ballistic missiles, because of terrorism or because of human rights issues. I think we have found the right balance. Lastly, let me say we've also made it very clear that this agreement, that the security of Israel is critically important. And we have spelled that out in our legislation. So for all those reasons, I think the fact that we are able to reach this type of an agreement. We had a couple votes. Those votes were pretty decisive as to how they came out on the floor. I want to thank all my colleagues for the way they cooperated with us in being able to reach this moment."

 

Senator Corker: (1:56 PM)

  • Spoke on Iran.
    • "Without this bill, there is no limitation on the president's use of waivers to suspend the sanctions Congress put in place. There is no requirement that Congress receive full details with any agreement with Iran. There is no review period for Congress to examine and weigh in on an agreement. There is no requirement that the president certify Iran as complying. And there is really no expedited procedures for Congress to rapidly re-impose sanctions should Iran cheat. So in summary, no bill, no review. No bill, no oversight. I think the American people want the United States Senate and the House of Representatives on their behalf to ensure that Iran is accountable, that this is a transparent process, and that they comply."