Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

As Iran Violates Nuke Deal, Buchanan Co-Sponsors Bill Expanding Support for Israel

Jul 3, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congressman Vern Buchanan today slammed Iran for its willful violation of the nuclear arms deal and announced he has co-sponsored a bill expanding support for Israel.

“Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and has a clear history of cheating on international arms inspections,” Buchanan said. “It is important now more than ever to protect Israel’s right to defend itself and maintain our unwavering support. That is why I’m supporting the U.S.-Israel Cooperation and Regional Security Act.”

On Monday, Iranian state media announced that Tehran surpassed its internationally-agreed on stockpile limit of no more than 660 pounds of low-enriched uranium, violating a key tenet of the 2015 nuclear deal that the Trump administration abandoned last year. Senior U.S. governments officials have warned that Iran’s main reason for enriching uranium is to build a nuclear bomb.

The U.S.-Israel Cooperation Enhancement and Regional Security Act seeks to expand U.S.-Israel partnership through increased security assistance and economic cooperation. 

Specifically, this legislation authorizes increased security assistance to Israel at $3.3 billion annually through 2023 for procurement of weapons and defense equipment. It also removes administrative barriers that prevent the immediate transfer of military equipment to Israel if it is under threat of an imminent military attack. Finally, it authorizes a $1 billion increase over five years for weaponry in the U.S. War Reserve Stockpile located in Israel.

While Iran’s latest move would not immediately give Tehran the means to produce a nuclear bomb, it has also vowed to increase its enrichment to weapons-grade levels by Sunday unless European nations do more to help Iran sell its oil and revive trade.

Buchanan voted against the nuclear arms agreement in 2015 and has called it “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.” Iran breached the agreement less than halfway through the15 year commitment to keep its uranium stockpile under the 300-kilogram threshold.   

“Tehran continues to show it was only interested in nuclear development and regional hegemony, not peace and stability,” Buchanan continued. “When it comes to combatting Iran’s ambitions of nuclear development and spreading terrorism, there is no daylight between America and the Jewish State of Israel.”

In 2019, Buchanan has met with pro-Israel groups and Jewish leaders on several occasions. In May, he denounced terrorists in Gaza firing hundreds of rockets into Israel.

Last year, Buchanan addressed a group of Sarasota and Manatee Jewish leaders, stating that America must continue to stand with the only democracy in the Middle East in the shared fight against radical Islamic terrorists. Sarasota AIPAC leader David Chaifetz of Sarasota, has praised Buchanan’s record on Israel, stating “There has not been a greater defender of Israel in the U.S. Congress than Vern Buchanan.”