Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor today on legislation he introduced to hold Iran accountable, as the Obama Administration promised it would. H.R. 5631, the Iran Accountability Act, would apply sanctions on Iran for its terrorism activity, ballistic missile tests, and human rights abuses.
Excerpts of the remarks are below or watch online here.
“I think that all the arguments to defend this deal can’t stand against the great weight of reality, including the fact that Iran isn’t holding up its side of the bargain and is more interested in embarrassing American military men and women than becoming a responsible nation.”
“There is something we have always agreed on from the start. Deal or no deal—good or bad deal—we always agreed to hold Iran accountable for terrorism, for its development of ballistic missiles, and for its human rights abuses committed against its own people.”
“Mr. Speaker, what has the Obama Administration done? How has the Administration held Iran accountable? Remember they promised and they said they would. Well the Administration has done nothing.”
“Now, I understand, the other side, Mr. Speaker, some will accuse Republicans of engaging in purely a partisan exercise and never intended to work with our friends on the other side of the aisle. Well, you know, that’s just not true. You know, for the last six months we worked with the other side of the aisle. We worked in a bipartisan manner with the chairmen on both sides. But every time we got to deal with the ballistic missile sanctions against them, the White House would thwart any bipartisan effort. So why are we here today? Because for six months you found every reason to say no. For six months, you went back on every word that was said about holding them accountable when the facts stood before us. Frankly, Mr. Speaker, I do not understand opposition to this bill. We are simply holding Iran accountable—exactly what the Administration said they would do.”