Senator Kirk Statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Address to Congress on Iran’s Growing Nuclear and Terror Threats

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the following statement after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhu’s address to Congress on Iran’s growing threats to the United States, Israel and other allies:

“Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu made a powerful case to the American people on why a bad nuclear deal with Iran, one that allows the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism to keep vast capabilities to make the world’s worst weapons, is worse than no deal. Iran and its terror proxies have killed more Americans than the Islamic State and are actively exporting violence and aggression throughout the Middle East.  A nuclear-armed Iran poses the greatest long-term threat to the United States, Israel and our allies in the Gulf.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu is right to argue that the clear alternative to a bad deal is a better deal with Iran that only lifts crippling pressure on the Iranian regime when it stops its nuclear weapons program, stops aggression against its neighbors, stops supporting terrorism and stops threatening to annihilate Israel.  The best way to get a better deal is for Congress to keep up the pressure on Iran through the Kirk-Menendez legislation.”

The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015 (S. 269), authored by Senators Kirk and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), lays out the bipartisan view of Congress on the minimum standards for a good deal with Iran, and would impose new crippling sanctions if Iran fails to agree to a good deal by June 30, 2015.  Known also as the Kirk-Menendez bill, S. 269 was approved by the Senate Banking Committee in a strong, bipartisan 18-to-4 vote on January 29, 2015, and now is within striking distance of a veto-proof majority.