State Senator Joe Uecker (R–Miami Township) today introduced a resolution in the Ohio Senate urging Congress to vote against President Obama's proposed Iranian nuclear agreement, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
“We must send a clear message to leaders in Washington that we refuse to jeopardize the safety of our constituents by appeasing those who want to bring harm to this great nation,” said Uecker.
Congress has until Thursday to disapprove the Iran deal before it automatically goes into effect.
Beyond security concerns, the agreement includes coercive language to compel state and local officials to adjust their policies to satisfy the proposed change in policy between the U.S. and Iran.
"This is yet another example of the administration's blatant disregard for states' rights," said Uecker. "Ohio should not be strong-armed into changing its public policy in order to empower those who wish us harm."
The U.S. Supreme Court has held that states can not be forced to comply with international treaties unless congressionally ratified.
Policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran have long raised national security concerns for officials in the United States. Iran supports terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas. It is also unclear if Iran is operating a peaceful nuclear program. As a result, the United States and its allies have imposed economic sanctions on Iran for decades to minimize the threat to American citizens and others.
Administration officials in Washington recently participated in negotiations with Iran to prevent the development of their nuclear capabilities in exchange for decreased sanctions. These negotiations yielded the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which does not prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Instead, the agreement forces states and localities to adhere to the agreement without the approval of Congress.
“Lifting economic sanctions will only embolden and act to finance our enemies to continue to commit acts of terror around the world,” Uecker said.
Senate Concurrent Resolution 9 will now be referred to a committee for further consideration.