Thank the Lawmakers Who Stood Up Against Iran Sanctions Vote

Twenty lawmakers showed courage and leadership by voting no on sanctions this past week. These Representatives must know that we appreciate their efforts and that we have their backs.

On Wednesday, House leadership ignored the Iranian peoples’ call for change and moderation and voted for new punishing sanctions (H.R.850) on the Iranian people. But the twenty lawmakers featured below showed courage and leadership by voting no, inviting attacks from the pro-war lobby.  Other representatives who share their views were unwilling to take that risk.  Those twenty representatives need to know that those who oppose war and unending sanctions appreciate their stand, and that we have their back.

Send these Representatives your appreciation by signing the thank you letter commending them for standing up for peace and diplomacy with Iran! 

 >>Sign the Thank You petition

 

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Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) 
“There is no public support in this country for another war. We’ve seen this movie before. We put sanctions on Iraq. I was here when they put them on. I saw us squeeze them for 10 years. The World Health Organization said 500,000 Iraqi kids died because we cut off medicine and food and other essentials to the Iraq community. Did it end in a change? No. We went to war with them. …And you’re squeezing Iranian children today. Iranians cannot buy medicine on the world market and pay because we have cut off all of the banking connections everywhere so that there’s no way for them to slip money through the banking system to pay for medicine for kids.”

>>Watch Rep. McDermott complete floor speech
>>Read the letter organized by Reps. McDermott, Ellison, McGovern, and Conyers opposing the sanctions vote

 

Rep. Keith Ellison

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) 
“Why aren’t we at least curious to find out whether or not President Rouhani means that he wants to pursue this course of peace? It’s what we want, a negotiated settlement. Why are we slapping his hand down, when apparently the Iranian people are willing to support a candidate who is willing to extend a hand? …I say let’s accept the olive branch extended by the Iranian people who selected a more moderate candidate.”

>>Watch Rep. Ellison’s complete floor speech

 

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Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA)
“This [the inauguration of Rouhani] may be a very small window of opportunity for a fresh start on dialogue and action on the future of a nuclear Iran. It may be short-lived, depending on how Iran’s new President views this moment. But it is a time when I, for one, want to support the White House, the State Department, and the Pentagon’s ability to move forward our relationship and dialogue with Iran on this most serious matter.”

>>Watch Rep. McGovern’s complete floor speech

 

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Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA)
“I can’t imagine we are looking for another war of choice, that we want to escalate the rhetoric. This is the best opportunity we have had in at least 8 years, if not more. Why throw that away? …The fact is that this bill empowers the very hard-liners who are the problem. The Iranian people are extraordinarily diverse. In fact, they used to be America’s best friend in the Muslim world, and they just rejected a government that represented all of the things we oppose, and they did it democratically.”

>>Watch Rep. Moran’s complete floor speech

 

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
“I think there is a possibility that that recent election makes a difference in Iran. I hope it does. But one way to guarantee that it doesn’t is to tell the Iranian people, ‘We don’t care what you do. We’re going to rachet up the sanctions. We’re going to undercut the new guy. We’re going to tell you that we’re just going to go down this path.’ …Don’t poke the Iranian people in the eye and ignore the sorry history we’ve had of fumbling the relationship with that country.”

>>Watch Rep. Blumenauer’s complete floor speech

 

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Rep. David Price (D-NC)
“Let us be clear: we do not know whether Rouhani truly intends to follow through on these promises. We don’t know if he’ll be able to overcome the resistance of Iran’s hardliners. …But to rush through a new round of sanctions before the new President has even taken office could slam the window of opportunity shut before we even have a chance to test whether it is genuine.”

>>Watch Rep. Price’s complete floor speech

 

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN)
“Just in the past month, I received over 100 calls, e-mails and letters urging me to sign a letter to President Obama calling for a renewed diplomatic effort with Iran’s new leader. …H.R. 850 and its extreme sanctions takes the opposite course. It sends the signal that the U.S. wishes to punish the Iranian people and will only settle for submission, rather than a negotiated, face saving solution…This bill will not move in the U.S. Senate in the days ahead so nothing will be accomplished by the passage of H.R. 850 other than some chest pounding by politicians, the imposition of an embarrassing obstacle to U.S. diplomats, and a victory for the hardliners in Iran who reject negotiations as much as hardliners in this country.”

 


Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
“U.S. policy must make it clear that the goal of sanctions on Iran is to elicit verifiable concessions from Iran that have a material impact on its ability to develop a nuclear weapon. In order to achieve this goal, the President must have the ability to waive sanctions in exchange for Iranian concessions. Yet H.R. 850 places significant restrictions on the President’s authority to waive sanctions.”

 

Conyers

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)
“Yet instead of taking this moment to re-engage with Iran and pursue diplomacy–which is the only way to ultimately prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon–we are instead moving forward with new, crippling sanctions before we have the opportunity to see whether President-elect Rowhani’s campaign promises will lead to new, positive action. Even worse, this legislation sends a message to the Iranian people that their bravery and massive turnout this past June in the face of violent repression and intimidation from the government, was a futile and irrelevant action in the eyes of the United States.”

 
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Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI)
 
 
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Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)
 
 
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Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)

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Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
 
 
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Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)
 
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Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)
 
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Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)
 
 
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Rep. George Miller (D-CA)
 
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Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)
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Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ)
 
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Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
 
>>Send these Representatives your appreciation by signing the thank you letter commending them for standing up for peace and diplomacy with Iran

 

 

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