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NIAC Action Applauds Donnelly Decision to Support the Iran Deal

WASHINGTON - NIAC Action Executive Director Jamal Abdi issued the following statement after Senator Joe Donnelly announced his support for the Iran nuclear agreement:

"Senator Donnelly's announcement is a very big deal. This was clearly not a political decision or a partisan decision, but a decision based on the premise that rejecting this deal would violate the principle that war must only be a last resort.

"Donnelly is one of the first true swing votes in the Senate to take a position. He is an Iran hawk. He was an original cosponsor of the controversial sanctions bills in 2014 and 2015 that were opposed by the White House. Yet he has come around to support this hard won deal. The focus in the Senate should now be to prevent a resolution aimed at sabotaging the deal from ever passing.

"Nine of the twelve Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee have come out in support of the deal. They clearly believe the vote on the Iran deal is a decision between war and peace, and are voting for diplomacy to succeed. Senators who remain on the fence should follow their lead."

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