Hoeven Statement on Senate Passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

WASHINGTON Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement following the Senate’s passage of the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which he cosponsored:

“Any agreement with Iran needs to prevent them from building a nuclear bomb; otherwise we need to keep our sanctions in place. The sanctions we have are very strong, and effectively slowing down Iran’s economy. They’re hurting their ability both to conduct terrorism and build a nuclear weapon. So we need to ensure that any deal with Iran is verifiable, enforceable, and accountable and most importantly, prevents them from acquiring a nuclear weapon.”

The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act blocks President Obama from lifting sanctions against Iran imposed by Congress for at least 30 days, giving the Senate time to review the final nuclear agreement. If the Senate doesn’t approve the deal, the president would be unable to waive economic penalties imposed on Iran by Congress. The vote was 98 to 1.