Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of H. Res. 568, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the importance of preventing the Government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability. I reluctantly missed this vote due to a longstanding commitment to give the commencement address at Passaic County Community College, in my district, but had I been present, I would have voted AYE.
I am a proud to co-sponsor this legislation. It is completely unacceptable to allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, and the government of Iran has isolated itself from the community of nations because of its refusal to negotiate or suspend its program. I have long supported strong sanctions on the Iranian regime to pressure them to abandon their nuclear program.
A nuclear Iran would pose an existential threat to Israel, our greatest ally in the Middle East. I have always been a strong supporter of Israel's right to exist and defend itself, and I believe that the nation of Israel truly shares the ideals of freedom and democracy with the United States. Additionally, as a state sponsor of terror, the possibility that Iranian nuclear weapons could fall into the wrong hands is all too real. This would greatly increase the chance that a nuclear weapon could be detonated anywhere in the world. For these reasons, we simply cannot afford to contain a nuclear armed Iran.
I commend the House of Representatives for passing this legislation by an overwhelming bipartisan majority, which demonstrates the incredible level of support in the United States Congress and among the American people for protecting Israel and preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons or nuclear weapons capability.