Kirk Statement on Bipartisan Senate Passage of Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued the following statement today after the Senate passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (H.R. 1191) in a 98-to-1 vote:

“This legislation builds on a bipartisan consensus that my colleagues and I have created and is another step in a long struggle to hold Iran accountable, not only for its efforts to get nuclear weapons but also for its aggression in the Middle East, its support of terrorism, and its human rights violations.”

Background: Strong Record of Bipartisanship on Stopping a Nuclear Iran

  • The Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-195) passed the Senate in a 99-to-0 vote on June 24, 2010, and the House in a 408-to-8 vote on June 24, 2010.
  • During consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112-81), the bipartisan Menendez-Kirk amendment to impose Central Bank of Iran (CBI) sanctions passed the Senate in a 100-to-0 vote on December 1, 2011.
  • The Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-158) passed the House in a 421-to-6 vote on August 1, 2012, and the Senate in a voice vote on August 1, 2012.
  • During consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Public Law 112-239), the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012, the bipartisan Menendez-Kirk-Lieberman amendment to impose sanctions on Iran’s energy, shipping, and shipbuilding and port sectors, passed the Senate in a 94-to-0 vote on November 30, 2012.
  • The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015 (S. 269), the bipartisan Kirk-Menendez legislation to impose sanctions on Iran, passed the Senate Banking Committee in an 18-to-4 vote on January 29, 2015.
  • The bipartisan Kirk-Brown Iran sanctions policy amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 11) passed the Senate in a 100-to-0 vote on March 26, 2015.