The current negotiations between the United States, Iran and other world powers over Iran’s nuclear program represent the best chance in a decade to resolve this issue peacefully.
The stakes of these talks are high. The alternative to a negotiated deal will be either a continually growing Iranian nuclear program or another American war in the Middle East.
One way we can maximize the chance that the negotiations succeed is to get congressional Democrats like Rep. Scott Peters to make crystal clear that they’ll back up President Obama if he succeeds in striking a reasonable deal with Iran.
So we’ve set up a meeting in the office of Rep. Peters on April 17 for constituents like you to voice support for the president’s diplomatic efforts and for congressional restraint while the negotiations are ongoing.
Iran is currently under an extremely onerous sanctions regime. Sanctions have already crippled the Iranian economy and led to widespread economic pain, like rampant unemployment and shortages of medicine and other humanitarian supplies.
While the purpose of sanctions has never been to punish ordinary Iranians, they are the ones who overwhelmingly feel the pain caused by sanctions.
It's widely understood that if a deal is struck, the basic contours would be our agreeing to ease sanctions with a goal of ending them in exchange for a verifiable agreement with Iran that prevents it from ever building a nuclear weapon.
But hawks have been relentlessly pushing for increased sanctions, and have tried to lay down completely unrealistic markers for what an acceptable deal to reduce sanctions would look like.
In the Senate, there was full-scale push for this that included far too many Democrats.
We need to make sure House Democrats like Rep. Peters hear from constituents who want them to not only oppose new sanctions, but also want them to refrain from doing anything that might not give President Obama the time and political space he needs to strike a deal with Iran.
We hope you attend the meeting to convey this message to Rep. Peters.
Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets