Cummings Announces Support for Iran Nuclear Agreement

September 1, 2015
Press Release
Washington, D.C. (September 1, 2015)— Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) announced his support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: 
“I have carefully considered the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that the United States and our international negotiating partners (P5+1) have reached with Iran regarding its nuclear program. I believe that the rejection of the Iran nuclear agreement would likely cause more harm to the United States, American interests, and our allies by allowing for continued progress toward an Iranian nuclear weapon.
“The fundamental issue for both the Congress and the American people to evaluate is clear:  What is the alternative to moving forward with the very real restrictions placed by the JCPOA on the development of an Iranian nuclear weapon?
“Time is of the essence in answering this question.  Some of our best nuclear scientists have concluded that without the approval and implementation of the JCPOA, Iran may be able to produce an operational nuclear weapon within months.  We must address this imminent threat and the JCPOA significantly enhances our ability to do so, both immediately and into the future.
“Under the terms of the JCPOA, Iran will retain only a fraction of what is needed for even a single nuclear weapon. President Obama, Secretaries Kerry and Moniz, and many other leading military, intelligence, and scientific experts agree that the JCPOA is the best mechanism currently available to deter Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons.
“This resolution to the immediate threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program is compelling, as are the security benefits that the United States and its allies will gain via the strict regimen of inspections provided by the JCPOA and our nation’s unilateral ability to “snap back” the whole range of sanctions in the event of any Iranian noncompliance.
“The long-standing, non-partisan and publicly-declared foreign policy commitment of the United States is clear.  We will do whatever is required to prevent Iran from possessing nuclear weapons.  Our nation has not ruled out any option that may be required to achieve this objective, including the use of military force.
“Where the security interests of the United States and our allies are concerned, any alternative to the JCPOA must be judged against the real and tangible gains achieved by the JCPOA.
“Additionally, I have found no factual basis for the speculation that congressional rejection of the JCPOA will force the Iranians back to the negotiating table and allow us to achieve a better resolution.
“For these reasons, I will support the implementation of the JCPOA by the United States when it is brought to a vote in the House of Representatives.”