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Daily Action: Defy Trump on Iran Nuclear Deal

Sen. Dianne Feinstein

DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA:  (213) 894-5000
Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130

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Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the Senator/Representative to defy President Trump by refusing to reimpose sanctions on Iran. Trump's refusal to certify the Iran nuclear deal was an act of spite and petulance, based on lies and misrepresentations of Iran's compliance. Congress must not be complicit in isolating the United States by helping Trump pull out of this agreement, which our allies will continue without us. If Congress does nothing, Trump's lies will backfire and the U.S. will continue to play a responsible role in the community of nations. Thank you! 

Last Friday, Trump announced that he will not renew certification of the nuclear deal reached in 2015 between Iran and a number of major world powers. (The deal is officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.) As part of a congressional compromise that allowed American participation in the deal to commence, Republicans insisted that presidents send Congress a letter every 90 days certifying that Iran is in compliance with the agreement's restrictions.

Trump's explanation for refusing to send that letter this time -- he had done so twice previously -- included a variety of lies, factual errors and statements of opinion with no basis in the evidence that has been collected by those who actually monitor Iran's compliance. Experts agree that Iran, despite a few minor (and quickly thwarted) attempts to violate the deal's limits on its stockpiles of centrifuges and "heavy water," has largely complied with the agreement. Every other participating nation is satisfied that the agreement is working as planned.

Like any number of other recent Trump moves, this one seems motivated far less by reality or even ideology than by a spiteful obsession with erasing President Obama's accomplishments. However, Trump's decision has no real effect on its own. He has not pulled the United States out of the deal; his refusal to certify Iran's compliance merely kicks the issue to Congress, which must now decide whether to reimpose the sanctions that the deal nullified. Even if Congress does so, the deal won't be "dead," as none of the U.S.'s partners have any intention of pulling out of it. Such an action would serve to isolate the U.S., not Iran.

If Congress does not act -- or if Senate Democrats block the reimposition of sanctions using the filibuster -- then American participation in the deal will proceed as before. The "certification" process will have been rendered toothless.