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Pompeo Applauds Bipartisan Prohibition of Heavy Water Purchases from Iran


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Mike Pompeo (KS-04) today applauded the bipartisan effort in the House of Representatives that lead to the passage his legislation, the No 2H2O From Iran Act. This bill was originally co-sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-06), Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY-01), Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO-05), and Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-08).

Pompeo said, "With this vote, Democrats and Republicans stood up to the Obama administration's reckless and unnecessary concessions to Iran. This $8.6 million U.S. purchase of heavy water from Iran is not required by the nuclear deal, nor does it make our country safer. Preventing the U.S. from legitimizing Iran as a nuclear proliferator is a clear choice for me, for many of my colleagues, and for millions of Americans."

Roskam said, "Iran violated the JCPOA by producing more nuclear material than it is legally allowed. We should hold the Islamic Republic accountable for this violation. Literally the last thing we should do is give the Mullahs taxpayer money to buy out their violations and subsidize their nuclear program. It's unbelievable we even need a bill like this, but here we are."

Zeldin said, "It is completely unnecessary for the United States to purchase heavy water from Iran, the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism. Instead of propping up the Iranian regime, we can and still should change course and pursue a better direction for American security and the stability of the Middle East."

DeSantis said, "Purchasing heavy water from Iran is not required by the nuclear deal and will infuse even more cash into the coffers of the Iranian regime. This bill is simple: we should not use taxpayer dollars to subsidize Iran's nuclear activities through the purchase of heavy water."

Lamborn said, "The United States has other options for purchasing heavy water - Canada - for example. It defies reason that the Administration continues to grant concessions to Iran that neither America nor the safety of the free world can afford."

Franks said, "The Obama Administration has propped up and further exacerbated his farcical Iran Deal by paying the Mullahs millions of dollars to purchase heavy water and thereby incentivizing Tehran to produce more heavy water: a key component in their quest to develop nuclear warheads. As Iran continues to conduct ballistic missile tests and produce heavy water under the President's deal without repercussion, this bill is an absolute security imperative for the future safety of America until a new President can undo this the utter train wreck colloquially knows as the JCPOA."

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