November 25

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GOP Responds to Iran Deal

The news for the past two months has focused on domestic policy for the shutdown and Obamacare, but as of right now all eyes are on the Iran Deal that was reached over the weekend in Geneva. The deal will ease certain sanctions on Iran if they promise to have a six-month freeze on their nuclear program. Many believe, however, that by allowing certain sanctions, Iran can buy time and return to their nuclear plan with the proper materials. Senator Ted Cruz, in particular, is very against this plan, and said that the deal does not require Iran to destroy “one centrifuge.” Cruz continued, “Not one pound of enriched uranium will leave Iran. Not one American unjustly detained in Iran’s notorious prisons will be released. But Iran will start to receive, in a matter of days, $7 billion in relief from international economics sanctions.”

Senator Marco Rubio also said on Saturday regarding Iran, “There is now an even more urgent need for Congress to increase sanctions until Iran completely abandons its enrichment and reprocessing capabilities.” President Obama called President Netanyahu, who is President of Israel and our ally in the middle east, over his comment that he was disappointed with America’s support for this deal. Senator Rubio said during the shutdown that actions speak louder than words, and relieving sanctions allows Iran to become to next North Korea. Senator Corker, who is the ranking Republican member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that on Fox News yesterday, I’ve crafted legislation to hold the administration and the international community’s feet to the fire over the next six months to ensure that this interim deal is not the norm.”