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Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2011

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. GRAHAM. Madam President, to the majority leader, well done. I think we are going to be able to voice vote a resolution that states the policy of our country and our President very clearly.

To the Senator from New Jersey, Mr. Menendez, great job on the sanctions. I hope the Senator understands why I wanted to put in all options. I hope the sanctions will work. This is a clear statement by the Senate backing up our President that when it comes to Iran having nuclear capabilities, there will be more than sanctions on the table, and the Iranians need to know that.

I hope we can end this peacefully for Israel's sake, for our sake, and for the world's sake as we approach beefing up the sanctions with the Banking Committee, with Senator Menendez's and Senator Kirk's leadership, and others, who have done a great job. If you are on the Banking Committee, you did a great job. I don't even know who is on it.

The bottom line is I think the sanctions were really well drafted and will enhance the President's hand, so to speak. We cannot leave this debate without making a very simple unequivocal statement that the goal is to get it right. And if sanctions can lead to getting it right, God bless. If the sanctions will not get us to where we want to go, everything is on the table, including the use of military force, because this country--Republicans and Democrats--is not going to allow the Iranian regime to develop nuclear capability that will put the world into darkness.

To everybody who negotiated this outcome, thank you very much.

I yield the floor.


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