Reps. Luria, Manning, Meijer, Rice, Gottheimer, and Schneider Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Iranian Nuclear Program

March 10, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria introduced a bipartisan House Resolution condemning Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon. Representatives Kathy Manning (D-NC-06), Peter Meijer (R-MI-03), Kathleen Rice (D-NY-04), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-05), and Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) joined this bipartisan resolution following Iran’s decision to enrich uranium to 20 percent purity, an escalation that sent a clear message that Iran is not interested in joining the community of nations. 

“Iran is a state-sponsor of terrorism and poses an existential threat to our national security and Israel, America’s strongest ally in the region,” Congresswoman Luria said. “Iran cannot be allowed to continue to progress towards a nuclear weapon and the United States must unequivocally condemn their provocations.” 

“Iran’s January announcement of their intent to enrich uranium to 20 percent purity is escalatory and must be condemned for bringing the world one step closer to a nuclear Iran,” Congresswoman Manning said. “A nuclear Iran is not only a threat to the United States and Israel, our strongest ally in the Middle East, but also to the entire world.” 

“I join with my colleagues in strong opposition to Iran’s latest efforts to increase its uranium enrichment levels,” said Congresswoman Rice. “Iran has a long history of engaging in deceitful behavior, aiding terrorist groups, and threatening the United Sates, Israel, and our other allies. We cannot not let Iran continue its dangerous pursuit of a nuclear weapon.” 

“A nuclear-armed Iran would pose an unacceptable threat to the safety and security of the United States, our ally Israel, and the wider region,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer. “The Secretary of State is right: Iran is moving in the wrong direction, making its nuclear program even more dangerous, not less. The United States should do everything it can to extend expiring nuclear restrictions and address Iran’s advanced ballistic missile program and support for terrorism. Fortunately, there is broad, bipartisan support in Congress for preventing Iran from realizing its nuclear ambitions.” 

“Serving in Iraq, I saw first-hand the malign influence of Iranian aggression, including its support for extremist groups,” said Congressman Meijer. “The Iranian regime’s latest action to increase uranium enrichment—and thereby reduce its nuclear breakout time—poses a direct threat to our allies and shared goals of stability in the region. It must be reversed immediately.” 

“Preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon is of paramount importance to American national security and the security of our international allies. In addition, Iran’s long history of support for terrorist organizations and human rights abuses poses an existential threat to peace across the globe. We must continue working across the aisle in Congress and with our international allies to condemn Iran’s actions and ensure they can never develop a nuclear weapon,” said Congressman Brad Schneider.

“Focused, bipartisan attention to Iran's nefarious actions—like that exemplified by this resolution—is the type of pressure that is so urgently needed in the U.S. and across the globe,” said Julie Rayman, Senior Director of Policy and Political Affairs at the American Jewish Committee.