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U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown supports Iran deal



Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, said this afternoon she will support the Iran nuclear deal.

That makes two Florida House Democrats for the deal (Brown and Patrick Murphy) and two against (Alcee Hastings and Ted Deutch). Six others have not yet stated their position.

Here is Brown's statement:

“Since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was announced, I have been closely scrutinizing the text of the agreement. I have sought the insight of experts and the judgement of trusted leaders. I’ve sat with and heard from passionate constituents on both sides of this issue.

“Having assessed the details and weighed the alternatives, I have concluded that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action represents our best, long-term option to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon. I will vote in support of the agreement, and if necessary to uphold a veto of the resolution of disapproval.

“I make this decision with no illusions about the appalling conduct of the Iranian regime, or their untrustworthy record. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is not built on trust; it is built on verification, vigilance and enforcement. It provides for an unprecedented level of intrusive inspections across the entire nuclear supply chain – backed by the hammer of snap-back sanctions and the united will of the international community. If Iran attempts to cheat, we will be in a much stronger position to catch them and a much stronger position to force their compliance. All options remain on the table and Iran should expect no lenience from the United States Congress.

“The fact is the opponents of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action have presented no realistic alternative. If Congress unilaterally walks away from the agreement, we will be in a much weaker position to prevent an Iranian bomb. The tough multinational sanctions that forced Iran to the negotiating table will collapse and the regime will be emboldened to restart their nuclear program at full speed. Our rejection of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action would set us down an extremely uncertain and dangerous path for ourselves, for the region and for Israel.

“The security of Israel has been one of my top concerns throughout the nuclear negotiations. We cannot allow the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism to menace Israel with a nuclear weapon. I believe the nuclear agreement will strengthen Israel’s security, but the American commitment cannot and does not stop there. Congress should come together to find more ways we can strengthen Israel’s security and enhance their qualitative military edge.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 2:50pm]


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