Press Release by Congressmen David Price & Lloyd
Doggett - February 12, 2014
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Washington, D.C.- More than 100 Members of the House of Representatives signed a bipartisan letter supporting ongoing diplomacy with Iran.
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Days before talks on a permanent agreement between P5+1 countries and Iran are set to begin in New York City, 104 Members of the US House of Representatives sent President Obama a bipartisan letter supporting continued diplomatic engagement with Iran.
Representative David Price (D-NC) said, "I believe that we must take advantage of the opportunity before us to pursue a peaceful, diplomatic resolution to Iran's nuclear program, and that we must resist calls by some in Congress to prematurely enact a bill or resolution that risks inadvertently derailing or impeding our ongoing negotiations."
"While difficult and uncertain, diplomacy represents our best hope to prevent nuclear weapons in Iran and ensure the safety of our families and others around the world. Congress should not undermine diplomacy by giving the Iranian hardliners an excuse to scuttle the negotiations. So many of our colleagues have expressed their determination for diplomacy, and so many more share the same view," added Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee.
The text of the letter and the list of signers in alphabetical order are included below.
Dear Mr. President,
As Members of Congress-and as Americans-we are united in our unequivocal commitment to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East would threaten the security of the United States and our allies in the region,
The ongoing implementation of the Joint Plan of Action agreed to by Iran and the "P5+1" nations last November increases the possibility of a comprehensive and verifiable international agreement. We understand that there is no assurance of success and that, if talks break down or Iran reneges on pledges it made in the interim agreement, Congress may be compelled to act as it has in the past by enacting additional sanctions legislation. At present, however, we believe that Congress must give diplomacy a chance. A bill or resolution that risks fracturing our international coalition or, worse yet, undermining our credibility in future negotiations and jeopardizing hard-won progress toward a verifiable final agreement, must be avoided.
We remain wary of the Iranian regime. But we believe that robust diplomacy remains our best possible strategic option, and we commend you and your designees for the developments in Geneva. Should negotiations fail or falter, nothing precludes a change in strategy. But we must not imperil the possibility of a diplomatic success before we even have a chance to pursue it.
3 Bishop, Sanford
7 Butterfield, GK
13 Clarke, Yvette
23 Davis, Danny
26 DeLauro 27 Dingell
29 Duncan Jr (R)
36 Fudge, Marcia
40 Hanna (R)
44 Johnson, EB
45 Johnson, Hank
46 Jones, Walter (R)
49 Kelly, Robin
53 Lee, Barbara
59 Massie (R)
64 McNerney, Jerry
66 Miller, George 67 Moore
68 Moran, Jim
69 Negrete McLeod
79 Price, David
85 Ryan, Tim
88 Scott, Bobby
93 Thompson, Bennie
94 Thompson, Mike
98 Van Hollen
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