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Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act Of 2009

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. BERKLEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise expressing my strong support for H.R. 2194.

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I thank the gentleman for yielding me the time and for his leadership on this issue. He has successfully navigated a very difficult terrain and I believe he has found the right moment to bring this bill forward.

It is now abundantly clear once again that Iran is not serious about negotiation: a new U.S. president tried to take a different approach, extending his hand in friendship to the Iranian regime. In exchange, the Iranians continued to show their clenched fist of deception and dishonesty. All the while, evidence mounts that Iran gets closer each day to developing a nuclear weapon.

A nuclear Iran poses as much of a threat to the U.S., to Europe, to the Middle East, as it does to Israel. With this bill today, we show the Iranians that we will use every tool we have to stop them from obtaining a nuclear weapon. We want to avoid war, but we must not take any option off the table.

And to my colleagues I say: if you want to avoid war, support this bill. If it succeeds, the military option won't be necessary. But without this bill, without sanctions, and without an Iranian regime that is willing to negotiate, I fear a nuclear Iran will be inevitable as will a far stronger option to eliminate its threat.

I thank the gentleman again.


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