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Frederica Wilson endorses Iran deal


A day after hedging on whether she would back President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens, said she'd vote for the deal. Wilson is one of the biggest proponent's of Obama's agenda, so the bigger news would have been if she had rejected the agreement.

Here's her statement:

After careful consideration of the arguments and analyses from all sides, I have decided that I will support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed upon by Iran and the P5+1.

I believe that the JCPOA is the best option for our national security and international stability. The agreement – which is based on verification, not trust – blocks the pathways for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, ensures greater stability in the Middle East, and decreases the possibility of armed conflict. I do not want to alienate the United States from the international community and our allies, and we cannot afford to enter into another war. I cannot in good conscience send more women and men to war, and this country, especially my constituents, cannot afford the economic consequences of another military engagement. No deal is perfect but now is the time for diplomacy.

The people of the 24th Congressional District of Florida are “war weary” and long for peace all over the world.

My commitment to Israel and my Jewish constituents is unbreakable, as exemplified by my legislative record and decades of work in our community. It is because of this commitment that I believe we must do everything in our power to restrain Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

I applaud President Obama, his cabinet officials, and the international community for their work in crafting a deal that will prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear arms. I stand with the majority of my democratic colleagues in supporting the JCPOA.