Republican Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler and Democratic Congressman Emanuel Cleaver disagree on the nuclear deal the President has made with Iran. The arrangement would not give Iran enough nuclear power to make a bomb for ten years, in exchange for lifting billions of dollars in oil and financial sanctions.
Congresswoman Hartzler says the deal is a bad idea.
“We need to make sure that they don’t have capability this year, next year, or a decade from now to be able to have a nuclear bomb.”
Hartzler says the deal won’t stop Iran’s nuclear capability.
“It jeopardizes our national security and certainly that of our allies.”
Congressman Cleaver says he supports the President’s decision.
“Many of us are optimistic that this agreement can divert another war in the Middle East. We think it is worth pursuing particularly in light of the fact that the world just does not need another war in the Middle East. We don’t need a war any place else, but certainly not in the Middle East.”
Congressman William Lacy Clay and Senator Claire McCaskill, both Democrats, say they would like to study the agreement more before making a judgement call.
In a press release from Republican U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, he says the deal “marks a dangerous step forward in the advancement of Iran’s illicit nuclear program and confirms that the President was desperate to get a deal with Iran, at any price.”
Republican U.S. Representative Sam Graves also commented via press release.
“The world has grown increasingly unsafe under President Obama,” Rep. Graves said. “Part of the reason is this Administration’s belief that we can negotiate with violent actors and unstable world leaders.”
Congress has sixty days to vote on the agreement.