Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Announces Support of the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Sep 1, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced today in the following statement that he will support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) when it comes to a vote before the House of Representatives next month:

“Since the beginning of this process I have been a strong advocate for a diplomatic resolution to this issue. After 14 years, our country is tired of war. We cannot — and must not — allow the diplomatic process to, again, be subverted by those who would perpetually beat the drums of war.

“Since the announcement of this deal, my staff and I have met with groups on all sides of this issue and have heard from experts in the field. After reviewing the information that was presented to us I have come to the conclusion that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best path forward.

“The detractors of this agreement will ask us to return to the negotiating table to secure different terms. I must remind them, though, that this agreement is not a bilateral one between the United States and Iran, but rather a multilateral one negotiated with five other countries. Top diplomats, both from the United States and our negotiating partners, have made it clear that the terms included in this deal were the best possible. Any attempt to renegotiate this agreement would not only scuttle the agreement at hand but would also kill any chance of a diplomatic solution.

The JCPOA ensures that Iran will not be able to develop neither uranium nor plutonium weaponry, provides for monitoring and verification by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), requires verifiable steps forward to secure sanctions relief and includes provisions for accountability and enforcement.

“It is for these reasons that I am standing with the President in support of this agreement and, accordingly, why I will vote NO on any resolution of disapproval.”