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Senator Blunt Introduces Amendments To Strengthen Bipartisan Iran Bill

April 27, 2015

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) introduced four amendments today to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. Blunt serves as a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense; the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; and the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

“As we move towards a final agreement, our number one priority should be doing everything possible to prohibit Iran – whose influence in the region and in the world is already disproportionate – from ever having nuclear weapons capacity,” Blunt said. “This bill is a first step towards providing constitutional protection when we reach an international agreement with such wide-ranging consequences. These amendments will help strengthen and advance negotiations with Iran, ensuring that Congress and the American people have the authority to review and weigh in on an agreement.”

Blunt recently spoke about the framework of the Iran nuclear deal during the Senate Republican Leadership Stakeout and on the U.S. Senate floor.

Amendment to Make the Implementation of Any Agreement with Iran Contingent Upon:
  • the unconditional release of the three Americans currently imprisoned in Iran, including Pastor Saeed Abedini, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, and Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian; and
  • the administration’s certification that Iran is cooperating with U.S. officials regarding the identification of the location and subsequent return of former FBI official Robert Levinson to the United States.
Amendment to Require a Declaration of U.S. Policy Regarding the Underground Enrichment Facility at Fordow:

This amendment would require the administration to clarify U.S. policy toward Iran regarding the hidden, underground uranium enrichment facility at Fordow prior to implementing a nuclear agreement.

Amendment to Extend the Sunset on the Annual U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Report Regarding Iran’s Military:

The amendment would extend the sunset of the DoD’s Annual Report on the Military Power of Iran from December 2016 to December 2026, sending a message to the American people that Congress understands the lengths Iran’s military is willing to go to promote instability around the world.

Amendment Requiring An Assessment of Iran-North Korea Cooperation:

The amendment would make implementation of any agreement contingent upon the administration providing to Congress an assessment of the nature and scope of cooperation between Iran and North Korea regarding their respective nuclear programs.

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