January 21, 2015

Top retired General cheers continuing demise of Iran sanctions bill

Washington, DC – With rumors swirling that sponsors of an Iran sanctions bill are struggling to find Democratic support, and a veto threat issued by President Obama in last night’s State of the Union, a major veterans organization is optimistic that diplomatic efforts to end Iran’s nuclear ambitions will continue.

“Interference by Congress won't strengthen our negotiators hand, it will make it harder for them to do their job,” said Major General (Ret.) Paul Eaton, Managing Director of the Vet Voice Foundation. “Diplomacy is far more likely to work without backseat driving from Congress.  Congress has the responsibility to do everything it can before putting American troops in harm’s way -- which should only be a last resort. That means letting diplomacy work and not undermining our negotiators.” 

“Apparently, many Senators are coming to realize that, and are withholding support for a new sanctions bill, and President Obama’s veto threat will strengthen their resolve.  There is much work to be done, and this debate is not over, but it has become clear that momentum is on the side of those who want to give our negotiators the support they need.  That is good for America’s security, and military,” Eaton added.

Prospects for a new sanctions bill are getting shakier by the day. 

A mark-up of a bill to institute new sanctions on Iran, scheduled for Thursday in the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was pushed back a week, without explanation.  However, buzz around Capitol Hill is that sponsors of the legislation are finding it extremely difficult to gather any support for the bill on the Democratic side of the aisle, which would make any veto override impossible.

In the State of the Union, President Obama clearly stated, “New sanctions passed by this Congress, at this moment in time, will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails — alienating America from its allies; and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again. It doesn’t make sense. That is why I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress.”

Founded in 2009, the mission of Vet Voice Foundation is to mobilize veterans to become leaders in our nation's democracy through participation in the civic and democratic process. VVF seeks to harness the energy and drive of the dedicated men and women who have fought for their country, and put it to work at home and in their communities on the important issues they face, such as health care, jobs, the environment, and housing.



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