WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) issued the following statement today following House passage of H.R. 5631, the Iran Accountability Act of 2016, and H.R. 4992, the U.S. Financial System Protection Act – legislation to hold Iran accountable for violating the terms of the nuclear arms agreement by imposing tougher sanctions on the rogue regime.

“We must take all steps available to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. One year ago, President Obama promised the nation that a deal with Iran would bring peace in the region and halt their progress toward obtaining nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, those empty promises never played out and the region is less stable today while Iran rebuilds their economy and moves forward with their nuclear weapons program.

“The bottom line is this: President Obama’s bad deal with Iran has failed America and our allies in the Middle East. Iran is emerging more dangerous and belligerent than ever. If we want to turn this situation around, we have to do it now.

“Today, the House took decisive action to combat the threats posed by Iran and to hold Iran accountable with tougher sanctions for violations of the nuclear arms agreement. Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, and a nuclear Iran is a global threat to both the United States and our allies like Israel. President Obama should listen to the American people, who were rightly concerned about the effects of this dangerous deal on our safety and security. The stakes are too high and the consequences of failure too severe to allow Iran to continue on this dangerous path.”