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U.S. House continues debate on Iran nuclear deal. Agenda for Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015

Capitol 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

After taking on the Iran Nuclear deal on Wednesday, the House will continue discussion today with resolutions from the Foreign Affairs Committee sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo and Rep. John Boehner. Here is the U.S. House schedule from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office for today….

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH
On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

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H. Res. 411 – Finding that the President has not complied with section 2 of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, Two Hours of Debate
(Sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo / Foreign Affairs Committee) 

Begin Consideration of H.R. 3461 – To Approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed at Vienna on July 14, 2015, relating to the nuclear program of Iran (Closed Rule, Three Hours of Debate)
(Sponsored by Rep. John Boehner / Foreign Affairs Committee) 

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Congressmen Hurt, Goodlatte statements on Iran nuclear deal

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Bob Goodlatte, Robert Hurt. Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell (September 2010).

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Two of Virginia’s congressmen from the central and western areas of the Commonwealth reacted to Tuesday’s news of a deal made with Iran by the Obama administration.

From Congressman Robert Hurt (R-5th Congressional District):

“I am very concerned by the announcement that we have made a deal with Iran given their nuclear ambitions and history of hostility toward the U.S. and our allies. I remain skeptical that Iran will act in good faith and adhere to any of the terms of a deal. Iran has been unwilling to make necessary compromises to meaningfully limit their nuclear program, and there is little reason to believe this will change now. Making a deal just for the sake of doing so is not worth putting the safety and security of our allies and our country at risk.
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Jeb Bush on Iran deal: ‘This isn’t diplomacy – it is appeasement’

Jeb Bush 3By Lynn R. Mitchell

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush had some thoughts about the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran:

The nuclear agreement announced by the Obama Administration today is a dangerous, deeply flawed, and short sighted deal.

A comprehensive agreement should require Iran to verifiably abandon – not simply delay – its pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability.

Based on initial reports and analysis, it appears this agreement does not “cut off all of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon” – in fact, over time it paves Iran’s path to a bomb. Most of the key restrictions last for only 10 to 15 years.  Even before the deal expires, it could allow Iran to develop an industrial-scale enrichment program and continue its R&D on advanced centrifuges and development of an ICBM.
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Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu: ‘What a stunning, historic mistake’

Benjamin NetanyahuBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the Obama administration’s Iran deal a “stunning, historic mistake” (see Netanyahu calls Iran deal ‘historic mistake’ by Joshua Mitnick in the Wall Street Journal):

When you are willing to make an agreement at any cost, this is the result. From the initial reports we can already conclude that this agreement is an historic mistake for the world.

Far-reaching concessions have been made in all areas that were supposed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability. In addition, Iran will receive hundreds of billions of dollars with which it can fuel its terror machine and its expansion and aggression throughout the Middle East and across the globe.

One cannot prevent an agreement when the negotiators are willing to make more and more concessions to those who, even during the talks, keep chanting: ‘Death to America.’

We knew very well that the desire to sign an agreement was stronger than anything, and therefore we did not commit to preventing an agreement.

We did commit to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and this commitment still stands.

For Israel, the Obama administration has been considered a threat to their future. Today, that threat continues.

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When Henry Kissinger speaks, I listen

By Lynn R. Mitchell

When I was young and watching the political landscape, one of the adults in the room was Henry Kissinger — a foreign policy expert who served as National Security Adviser and Secretary of State for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Even then I recognized this man’s importance to our country and listened when he spoke, not to mention the fact that his personal story about immigrating to America is fascinating.

Now 91 years old, Kissinger’s mind is still sharp as he continues to advise on the safety and stability of our country. In today’s Wall Street Journal, he and 94-year-old former Secretary of  State George Shultz, who served in President Ronald Reagan’s administration, have co-authored an opinion piece about the current “deal” with Iran. Don’t let their ages fool you. There are times when institutional knowledge and wisdom are badly needed in all circumstances especially in foreign policy, and these men have something to say (see The Iran Deal and Its Consequences). I’m listening.

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