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Daily Action: Save the Iran Nuke Deal from Trump's Belligerence


CONTACT:
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

Sample Script:
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the senator/congressperson to take whatever steps are required to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, stopping Iran's development of nuclear weapons. The agreement isn't perfect, but it's infinitely preferable to either allowing Iran to pursue such weapons, or Americans going to war to stop it. If compromises can be made with Trump on issues such as inspections and missile development, please accommodate him to the extent necessary -- while removing his leverage to halt or damage the agreement every time he has to sign a waiver certifying Iran's compliance with the deal. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday that he will not certify Iran's compliance with the JCPOA agreement, and that he will not continue to waive sanctions against Iran, as is required for the United States to remain a party to the deal that has stopped Iran's race to produce nuclear weapons. Our European allies have been trying to persuade him to maintain the agreement, which they understand has been working well. Even key Trump administration figures such as former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis -- all of whom once opposed the deal -- now support maintaining it.

If Trump abandons the agreement, Iran has said it will resume its progress toward a nuclear weapon -- and our allies who helped the Obama administration broker the agreement have made clear that they will not participate in a resumption of sanctions. If the nuclear deal is to survive, it is incumbent upon Congress to take the power to destroy it out of Trump's hands. As part of its agreement to fulfill our obligations in the deal, Congress demanded accountability from the president (first Obama, now Trump) by requiring that he re-certify Iran's compliance every three months, and sign a document continuing to waive the sanctions that previously had been imposed on Tehran.

Trump claims that his objections to the agreement are based not on a general distaste for diplomacy with Iran, but on restrictions upon Tehran's nuclear activities that "sunset" after 10-15 years, as well as limitations on our ability to inspect Iranian facilities and stop Iran from building ballistic missiles. Some of those concerns might be addressed in compromise legislation that saves the deal while removing Trump's ability to hold it hostage to his whims (and his new national security team's itch for war).