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After Israel Trip, Comstock Blasts Iran Deal

© Leesburg Today - 08/28/2015

After visiting Israel two weeks ago, Rep. Barbara Comstock has become an even more vocal opponent of the Iran nuclear deal.

Comstock (R-VA-10th) was part of a delegation of freshmen and sophomore members of the House of Representatives accompanying House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on a trip to the Middle Eastern country Aug. 9-16.

During a campaign fundraising event Thursday for Ron Meyer, Republican candidate for Loudoun County Board of Supervisors' Broad Run district, the congresswoman blasted President Barack Obama's proposal to mend ties with Iran.

Comstock said the agreement rolls back sanctions on Iran and could allow the country to acquire nuclear weapons and carry out threats against Israel and the United States.

""The prime minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] told us, 'when people chant 'death to America. We want to kill you,' we take that seriously. You might want to, too,'"" Comstock said.

The White House maintains that the deal on the table would prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and ensure that the country's nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful going forward.

According to the White House, the agreement would block Iran's pathways toward building a nuclear bomb by reducing Iran's stockpiles of enriched uranium; preventing Iran from producing weapons-grade plutonium; and tracking Iran's nuclear activities with robust transparency and inspections.

Comstock is in favor of keeping the strict sanctions on Iran and, if needed, increasing them. ""Because that's what brought them to the table in the first place,"" she said.

The congresswoman sounded confident that there would be enough votes in the House of Representatives and Senate to reject the deal, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto that resolution, according to news reports. Opponents would then need to gather a two-thirds majority of both chambers to override the president and kill the deal.

""The president could do the right thing and go back to the drawing board, as so many of the nation's allies have been telling him to do,"" Comstock said, and later added, ""I think this is going to be the most important vote of the session, and it really is going to affect the rest of our lives.""

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