August 13, 2015
 
WASHINGTON – Rep. Sam Farr, D- Calif., released the following statement on the Iran nuclear agreement: 
 
“Give peace a chance. After two decades in Congress, this is the first time I will be able to vote for peace, not just against war. Preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is one of the most important decisions facing this Congress. With a vote of this magnitude, we have the responsibility to move past the rhetoric and look at the merits of the agreement.
 
“Before reaching this decision, I consulted with nonproliferation and security specialists at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and the Naval Postgraduate School, as well as Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz and Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew. After listening to the experts, my constituents and my heart, I believe that this deal is the best way to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. 
 
“Like any negotiation that involves compromise, this deal is not perfect. I hold no illusions that enforcing this deal will be easy. Along with the international community, we will need to keep close tabs on Iran to make sure that every aspect of the agreement is honored by the Iranian government. But at the end of the day, this deal is the strongest nonproliferation agreement that has ever been negotiated. It is a good diplomatic alternative to another costly and potentially disastrous conflict in the Middle East. 
 
“The Administration, along with our international allies, should be commended for achieving this historic deal. No other option stops the bomb and allows the world to give peace a chance.”