Reps. Ros-Lehtinen and Sherman Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Congressional Oversight Over Nuclear Agreements with Foreign Nations and Add Much Needed Protections Against Nuclear Proliferation

Dec 13, 2013

Reps. Ros-Lehtinen and Sherman Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Congressional Oversight Over Nuclear Agreements with Foreign Nations and Add Much Needed Protections Against Nuclear Proliferation

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, and Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee for Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, introduced H.R. 3766, which reforms the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to provide greater Congressional oversight of nuclear agreements with foreign countries and protect against the threat of nuclear proliferation.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen: “With the current Administration agreeing to an Iranian nuclear deal that is fraught with problems that undermine years of painstaking efforts to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear capacity, it’s more important than ever for Congress to have more oversight over nuclear cooperation agreements with other countries. This is why we are re-introducing legislation to amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to provide greater Congressional oversight of agreements for peaceful nuclear cooperation with foreign countries. The continuing instability in the Middle East and the rising influence of Iran along with its collaboration with other regimes in proliferation activities represent a serious challenge to U.S. national security and the security of allies. Congress must be empowered in its oversight responsibility and this bipartisan bill will help ensure such agreements not only protect our interests, but help guard against the rising threat of nuclear proliferation.”

Statement by Sherman: “This legislation will encourage the adoption of strong nonproliferation provisions in our nuclear cooperation agreements and encourage governments to forgo the most dangerous technologies. At the same time, this bill will also encourage the adoption of the liability protections necessary for US companies to compete.”