The Biden administration has been clear in its intent to resurrect an agreement with Iran concerning that nation’s nuclear weapons program.
Some critics in Congress, however, are concerned that doing so could facilitate further terrorism in the region.
“They actively fund violence”
According to the Washington Free Beacon, Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) has expressed his belief that lifting sanctions on Iran in exchange for halting nuclear development could free up funding for terrorist groups.
“Iran is the world’s leading state-sponsor of murder and terrorism,” the lawmaker said. “They actively fund violence against America and her allies and partners.”
In response to that perceived threat, he is supporting an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would require the White House to account for any funds that Iran might receive if the sanctions are lifted.
“The inclusion of this amendment in the NDAA will reveal what we’ve known all along—the Biden administration’s disastrous negotiations and attempts to lift sanctions on the Iranian regime will only embolden them to continue spreading terror,” Marshall concluded.
Furthermore, the amendment calls for an explanation of how Iran’s military might benefit from removed sanctions.
“Obama’s failed deal”
The underlying issue stems from a 2015 negotiation in which then-President Barack Obama agreed to lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for a 15-year halt on nuclear development. His successor scrapped that deal three years later.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, also touted the amendment as a way to demand transparency in the event that President Joe Biden succeeds in re-implementing a nuclear agreement with Iran.
According to the congressman, it is “the only legislative provision that will pass this year to hold the Biden administration accountable for its plan to lift sanctions on Iran and go back into Obama’s failed deal, or even worse.”
Furthermore, Banks insisted that the provision would “provide unprecedented transparency to Congress” that was not available ahead of the 2015 Obama deal.
If successful, he concluded that the amendment would allow lawmakers “to know in real time whether any sanctions relief provided by Biden will end up in the hands of terrorists who want to do us harm.”