Congresswoman McCollum’s Statement on Iran Agreement

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-D) released the following statement regarding the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program that was reached over the weekend:

“I applaud President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, along with our international partners, for negotiating a significant step towards peacefully achieving a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran. With on-going sanctions in place, improved verification, and real accountability demanded from the Iran regime, this initial deal is a triumph for engagement and tough diplomacy. Getting to a comprehensive agreement will be difficult, but this deal allows Iran to demonstrate to the world that they reject the pursuit of nuclear weapons.”

In July, the U.S. House passed additional tough sanctions on Iran (H.R. 850) despite opposition from the Obama Administration. Congresswoman McCollum was one of 20 members of Congress to vote against the legislation citing its potential to harm on-going diplomatic negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran.

Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations Committee.  She is Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.