Today, we have a historic opportunity to empower the US Senate to influence the contours of a final agreement between Tehran and the world powers. Despite heavy opposition from some quarters in Washington, The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013 was introduced in the Senate last week, authored by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL). To see the bi-partisan list of current co-sponsors please click here.
As AIPAC activists, it is our task to steward this bill toward passage and provide the Senators who are leading this effort with as much political cover as possible.
In short, we need your help. We are writing to encourage you to take a few moments out of your day today, or early next week, to do the following:
- Most importantly, urge Senator Richard Durbin to co-sponsor The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013.
Sample Phone Script: "I am calling the Senator to urge him/ her to cosponsor The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act. This legislation will strengthen American diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran from achieving a nuclear weapons capability."
- This legislation meets the President’s request that no additional sanctions be imposed during the talks. New sanctions, provided for in the bill, would be suspended for up to a year to allow negotiations for a final agreement and could be suspended further if an acceptable final agreement with Iran is reached.
- Previous sanctions passed by Congress brought Iran to the table. The possibility of further sanctions serve as additional inducement for Iran to negotiate an acceptable final agreement.
- The administration itself has continued to enforce sanctions, designating more than a dozen entities in December. Despite threats to walk away from the agreement, Iran remains at the negotiating table. If Iran walks away, it knows that it will not receive desperately needed sanctions relief.
- Learn more about The Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act by watching this short video.
- Read this Elie Wiesel letter, and share it with your friends, family and members of Congress.
You can contact your senators by phone, but please also send them a personal email note, explaining why the Iranian nuclear issue matters so much to you personally, as an American. They need to hear from every single one of us today and know that they are making the right moral and strategic decision, and that they have a groundswell of support.
- Tel: (202) 224-2152
- Email - click here
Thank you for your dedication and commitment to the US-Israel relationship.