A state lawmaker has introduced a resolution.
As Congress spends its August recess deliberating the Iran deal, Michigan has introduced two resolutions this week urging U.S. legislators to oppose the accord. The state House is also moving to preserve its sanctions against Tehran regardless of the agreement’s fate.
“Certainly, there are several members of Congress both in the House and the Senate who are opposed to this deal so I think it would reinforce or embolden their votes when they see resolutions like this emanating from their state legislatures,” Republican state Rep. Tim Kelly, the author of the first resolution, told The Daily Signal.
Kelly’s resolution details skepticisms of the accord and outlines Michigan’s intention to continue to prohibit companies in the state from doing business with Iran.
He said because the deal is not a U.S. treaty, Michigan is enabled under the 10th Amendment to continue its 2012 sanctions that divest state pension funds from businesses with ties to Tehran and block those companies from receiving government contracts.
“Here in Michigan we view this as an awful deal for America … This resolution adds to the crescendo of the people opposed to this deal,” Kelly said, pointing to recent polls finding the majority of Americans want Congress to reject the accord.
Democratic state Rep. Andy Schor introduced the second resolution, which claims the current deal does not block a path to a nuclear weapon and urges Congress to press for a new agreement that accomplishes this goal.
Both resolutions contend the accord leaves Iran’s nuclear infrastructure largely intact and argue its allowance for continued research and development on advanced centrifuges—machines that enrich uranium used in nuclear bombs—could spur an arms race in the Middle East.
They also address concerns of cheating, noting while the agreement places limits on Tehran’s nuclear material and requires nuclear site inspections, Iran’s history of deception challenges the international community’s ability to ensure cooperation.
Further, both resolutions note the estimated $150 billion in frozen assets that would be released under the accord coupled with additional sanctions relief would provide Tehran with more funding for “military buildup and state sponsorship of terrorism.”