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Rep. Rice Signs Bipartisan Letter to President Obama on Negotiations with Iran

Written by Long Island News & PR  |  24. March 2015

WASHINGTON – March 24, 2015 - U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice joined a bipartisan coalition of 367 House Members in signing a letter to President Obama highlighting their concerns over issues that have arisen in the ongoing negotiations with Iran. Led by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce and Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the letter insists that any final comprehensive agreement concerning Iran’s nuclear program must be long-lasting, must constrain Iran’s nuclear infrastructure so as to eliminate the path to a bomb, and must include an aggressive inspection and verification regime allowing for short notice access to suspect locations. The letter also asserts that if an agreement were to be reached, Congress must be convinced that its terms completely eliminate the path to a nuclear weapon before they would consider new legislation to allow permanent relief from congressionally-mandated sanctions.
 
The signed letter is available here.
 
“This bipartisan letter makes it clear that Congress will not consider easing sanctions against Iran unless the Iranians agree to a deal that unequivocally eliminates their path to a bomb,” said Congresswoman Kathleen Rice. “I sincerely hope that negotiators can reach such a deal, but if not, Congress is united in our commitment to stand firm and maintain the aggressive economic pressure that brought Iran to the table in the first place.”

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