Iran

I strongly believe that Iran must not be permitted to develop nuclear weapons. A nuclear-armed Iran would pose an unacceptable threat to the United States, the region, and international stability.

Under the Obama Administration, the United States led global efforts to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Deal, was a successful diplomatic agreement which cut off every pathway to an Iranian nuclear weapons capability. I strongly supported the JCPOA, and I helped to lead the effort to ensure that it was approved by Congress. I believe President Trump’s withdrawal from the deal was a grave mistake that will help accelerate Iran’s nuclear program.

I also believe war with Iran must be avoided. For this reason, I am a cosponsor legislation to prevent war with Iran. I will continue to speak out and organize against war with Iran. Presidents have broad authority to wage war under the powers provided by the War Powers Act. But that doesn’t mean Congress is powerless. I have co-founded the “No War with Iran Caucus” to educate members of Congress and their constituents about the dangers of potential war. And I have also introduced legislation that calls for the United States to return to the JCPOA.

More on Iran

April 6, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), David Price (D-NC), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), John Yarmuth (D-KY), Peter Welch (D-VT), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Andy Levin (D-MI), Alan Lowenthal (D-NY), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) released a statement following the announcement that Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signatories will hold diplomatic discussions in Vienna, Austria:

December 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), David Price (D-NC),  Barbara Lee (D-CA), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Abigail D. Spanberger (D-VA), and Brad Sherman (D-CA) sent a letter to President-elect Joseph R. Biden with a total of 150 signers expressing support for renewed diplomacy to halt and reverse Iran’s nuclear program, to address other pressing issues, and to reduce the likelihood of violent regional conflict.

March 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -  Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Founding Member of the No War With Iran Caucus, issued the following statement after the U.S. House agreed to Senate Joint Resolution (S.J.Res.) 68 by a vote of 227 to 186:

January 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, issued the following statement upon passage of the “No War Against Iran Act” which would deny funding to the Trump Administration to wage war against Iran unless Congress issues a formal declaration of war:

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