February 10, 2023

Cassidy, Cruz Introduce Bill to Ban Biden Administration Waivers Allowing Iran Nuclear Development

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and 10 Senate colleagues introduced legislation to prohibit the Biden administration from waiving Congressional sanctions that prohibit cooperation on Iran’s nuclear program. These waivers were originally issued as a part of the Obama-Biden Iran nuclear deal, formally named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The Biden administration most recently issued these waivers in February and renewed them in August.

“We need to hold the Iranian regime accountable, not hold their hands,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Iran is the largest state-sponsor of terrorism and should not have a civil-nuclear waiver. Our bill denies this waiver.”

“There is absolutely no reason to continue issuing these waivers, which allow Iran and Russia to cooperate on building up Iran’s nuclear program. These waivers were nevertheless renewed in August, because the Biden administration remains obsessed with reentering a nuclear deal with the Iranian regime. Now the administration says it is committed to countering cooperation between Iran and Russia. They should embrace this legislation,” said Senator Cruz.

Cassidy and Cruz were joined by U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Steve Daines (R-MT), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), John Hoeven (R-ND), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Rick Scott (R-FL).