Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Votes Against Iran Nuclear Deal

Sep 11, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, FL-16, today voted against the President’s nuclear weapons agreement with Iran, calling it a dangerous pact that jeopardizes U.S. and global security. A bipartisan majority in the U.S. House voted against the agreement 269-162.

“Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and has a clear history of cheating on international arms inspections,” Buchanan said. “This agreement includes secret side deals, makes no allowance for on-the-spot inspections and contains a massive economic boost to Iran that will be used to further spread terrorism and destabilize the Middle East.”

Buchanan expressed deep concern that by lifting the economic sanctions on Iran, the U.S. would be pumping tens of billions of dollars into a government that has shown vehement hostility towards the United States and publicly called for the annihilation of Israel.

“I strongly oppose this deal because it jeopardizes the security of America and the world,” Buchanan said.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei openly chanted “Death to America” in a hate-filled diatribe in March. Shortly after the nuclear deal was announced in July, Khamenei vowed that his country would “trample upon America” and that their “policy toward the arrogant U.S. government won’t change at all.”  

Earlier this year, Buchanan met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman, both of whom warned him that Iran cannot be trusted.

Buchanan also noted the strong bipartisan opposition to the deal from leading national security figures of both political parties.

Former U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman,  a well-respected voice on foreign policy, has criticized the substance of the deal as well as the Senate Democrats’ use of a procedural maneuver to avoid voting on the agreement.