Senators Udall and Heinrich Cast Votes to Uphold Iran Agreement

Vote allows international community to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich voted against a measure designed to prevent the Iran Nuclear Agreement from taking effect.

Following today’s vote Senator Udall issued the following statement:

“The Iran Nuclear Agreement is profoundly important to our national security interests and international security — it is the only realistic way we can prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. And that is why today I voted against a measure that undercuts international diplomacy and prevents the agreement from going into effect.

“I condemn Iran’s policy toward Israel, and I am deeply distrustful of Iran’s leadership. But I believe that a deal based on strong verification and monitoring, by inspectors trained by our nuclear experts at New Mexico’s national labs, is the best way to ensure regional security. If Iran has plutonium or attempts to enrich uranium beyond the agreed terms, we will know, and it faces serious consequences if it attempts to cheat.

“We have a choice between this deal and no deal. As we approach the Sept. 17 deadline for Congress to review the agreement, I urge my colleagues to show America’s strong leadership and support this historic step that will make the Middle East safer for our allies.”

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after voting against a resolution of disapproval on the Iran nuclear deal:

“I’m pleased that this important effort to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon was upheld today. The deal sets the stage for a safer and more stable Middle East and a more secure United States of America.

“In the first eight years of this century, Iran’s nuclear program surged ahead rapidly, adding thousands of centrifuges, building complex nuclear facilities, and stockpiling enough highly enriched uranium to build a number of bombs. This accord slashes that stockpile to a mere fraction of the material necessary to build a single device, unplugs thousands of centrifuges, and it opens those facilities to international inspection.

“For too long, our country has been engaged in overseas military conflicts that have cost our nation dearly in blood and treasure. We must always be ready at a moment’s notice to defend our country, our allies, and our interests, but we must also look to pursue diplomatic solutions when they are in our best interest. This accord is that diplomatic option.”