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14LTR-NUKE on Mar 18, 2014

Report: demanding that Iran accept intrusive nuclear inspection
Source: Iran Nukes Letter
Excerpts from Letter from 85 Senators to President Obama We all hope that nuclear negotiations succeed in preventing Iran from ever developing a nuclear weapons capability. For diplomacy to succeed, however, we must couple our willingness to negotiate with a united and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime. We urge you to insist on the realization of these core principles with Iran:
  • Iran has no inherent right to enrichment under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
  • Any agreement must dismantle Iran's nuclear weapons program and prevent it from ever having a path to a nuclear bomb.
  • Iran has no reason to have an enrichment facility like Fordow, and that the regime must give up its heavy water reactor at Arak.
  • Iran must submit to a long-term and intrusive inspection and verification regime.
  • Iran must not be allowed during these negotiations to circumvent sanctions.
Iran must clearly understand the consequences of failing to reach an acceptable final agreement. We must signal unequivocally to Iran that rejecting negotiations and continuing its nuclear weapon program will lead to much more dramatic sanctions, including further limitations on Iran's oil exports.

Opposing argument: (Cato Institute, "Enforcing Iran Nuke Deal," Jan. 25, 2017): More than anything else, the Iran nuclear deal must be kept because the alternative is a return to ever-heightening tensions and clamoring by hawks in both countries. From 2003 to 2014, years of unrelenting U.S. sanctions and confrontation, Iran went from 164 centrifuges to 19,000. The hostile approach generates a more expansive, less transparent Iranian nuclear program and increases the chances for another disastrous U.S. war in the Middle East. Let's hope the Trump administration chooses not to go that route. Also see related legislation H.R.1905, "Iran Threat Reduction Act"

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 17. Question 17: Avoid foreign entanglements Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: War & Peace
  • Headline: Iran must accept long-term intrusive nuke inspection (Score: -1)

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  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 14LTR-NUKE

Mark Begich s1sAK Democratic Jr Senator 
Michael Bennet s1sCO Democratic Jr Senator 
Richard Blumenthal s1sCT Democratic Sr Senator 
Cory Booker s1sNJ Democratic Challenger 
Maria Cantwell s1sWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Bob Casey s1sPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer 
Chris Coons s1sDE Democratic Jr Senator 
Joe Donnelly s1sIN Democratic Challenger 
Al Franken s1sMN Democrat/DFL Jr Senator 
Kirsten Gillibrand s1sNew York Democrat 
Kay Hagan s1sNC Democratic Jr Senator 
Martin Heinrich s1sNew Mexico Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Heidi Heitkamp s1sND Democratic Challenger 
Mazie Hirono s1sHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Tim Kaine s1sVA Democratic Challenger 
Amy Klobuchar s1sMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator 
Mary Landrieu s1sLA Democratic Sr Senator 
Ed Markey s1sMA Democratic Challenger 
Claire McCaskill s1sMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor 
Jeff Merkley s1sOR Democratic Jr Senator 
Barbara Mikulski s1sMD Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring 2016) 
Chris Murphy s1sConnecticut Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Patty Murray s1sWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Bill Nelson s1sFL Democratic Sr Senator 
Mark Pryor s1sAR Democratic Sr Senator 
Jack Reed s1sRI Democratic Sr Senator 
Jeanne Shaheen s1sNH Democratic Sr Senator 
Debbie Stabenow s1sMI Democratic Jr Senator 
Jon Tester s1sMT Democratic Jr Senator 
Mark Udall s1sCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Tom Udall s1sNew Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008) 
John Walsh s1sMT Democratic Senate Challenger 
Mark Warner s1sVA Democratic Sr Senator; previously Governor 
Elizabeth Warren s1sMA Democratic Challenger 
Sheldon Whitehouse s1sRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 
Ron Wyden s1sOR Democratic Sr Senator 

Republicans participating in 14LTR-NUKE

Lamar Alexander s1sTN Republican Sr Senator 
Kelly Ayotte s1sNH Republican Jr Senator 
John Barrasso s1sWY Republican Jr Senator 
Roy Blunt s1sMissouri Republican (until 2010) 
John Boozman s1sAR Republican Jr Senator 
Richard Burr s1sNC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Saxby Chambliss s1sGA Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Thad Cochran s1sMS Republican Sr Senator 
Susan Collins s1sME Republican Sr Senator 
John Cornyn s1sTX Republican Sr Senator 
Ted Cruz s1sPOTUS Republican 2016 Primary Challenger 
Deb Fischer s1sNE Republican Senate Challenger 
Lindsey Graham s1sSC Republican Sr Senator 
Chuck Grassley s1sIA Republican Sr Senator 
Orrin Hatch s1sUT Republican Sr Senator 
Dean Heller s1sNevada Republican (Resigned 2011) 
John Hoeven s1sND Former Republican Governor (2000-2010) 
Johnny Isakson s1sGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Mike Johanns s1sNE Former Republican Governor (2005-2007); elected Senator 2008 
Ron Johnson s1sWI Republican Sr Senator 
Timothy Johnson s1sIllinois Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Mark Kirk s1sIL Republican Jr Senator 
Mike Lee s1sUT Republican Jr Senator 
John McCain s1sAZ Republican Sr Senator 
Mitch McConnell s1sKY Republican Sr Senator 
Jerry Moran s1sKansas Republican (until 2010) 
Lisa Murkowski s1sAK Republican Sr Senator 
Rob Portman s1sOH Republican Jr Senator 
Pat Roberts s1sKS Republican Sr Senator 
Marco Rubio s1sFL Republican Jr Senator 
Tim Scott s1sSC Republican Senator-Appointee 
Richard Shelby s1sAL Republican Jr Senator 
John Thune s1sSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Pat Toomey s1sPA Republican Jr Senator 
David Vitter s1sLA Republican 2015 Gubernatorial candidate 
Roger Wicker s1sMississippi Republican (Senate 2008) 

Independents participating in 14LTR-NUKE

Dan Coats s1sIN Director of National Intelligence 
Angus King s1sME Former Independent Governor (1995-2002) 
Jeff Sessions s1sAL Attorney General 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 36
Republicans: 36
Independents: 3

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