Congressman Jones voted against approval of President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran. A majority of Congressman Jones’ colleagues in the House of Representatives joined him in opposing the agreement, and the bill (H.R. 3641) failed 162 to 269. The House also voted on legislation (H.R. 3640) which would prevent President Obama from removing or reducing existing U.S. sanctions on Iran for the rest of his term in office. Congressman Jones voted for H.R. 3640, and it passed 247 to186.
“As Ronald Reagan said, ‘trust, but verify,’” said Congressman Jones. “In my judgment, President Obama’s deal falls short because it does not provide for adequate inspections and verification. As a result, the American people will never be able to trust that Iran isn’t cheating their way to a nuclear bomb.”
The House considered a third piece of legislation related to the Iran deal, H. Res. 411. That resolution states that President Obama has failed to follow the law he signed in May related to congressional review of the Iran deal. Under Section 2 of that law – the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA) – the president is required to transmit to Congress the text of the Iran deal, including all additional materials, annexes, appendices, codicils, and side agreements made between Iran, the United States and any other parties. H.Res. 411 states that the President failed to meet that requirement by not submitting to Congress two side agreements between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran. Congressman Jones voted for H.Res. 411 and it passed the House by a vote of 245 to 186.
“The president’s failure to provide Congress with Iran’s secret side deals raises even more questions about his agreement,” said Congressman Jones.