January 5, 2018
CHERRY HILL, NJ – Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01), member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the below statement on the recent escalation of anti-regime protests in Iran:
“Everyone should have the fundamental right to protest against a repressive regime and I stand with the people in Iran who are expressing this right and desire to shape a better future for themselves and their families. The protesters have legitimate concerns about human rights violations and corruption, and the Iranian government should both listen and address these serious matters.
“One key reason I opposed the JCPOA in 2015 was out of concern that once sanctions were lifted, billions of dollars would be used to buy more weapons and outsource more terror. Today, I strongly urge the regime to spend its money on the social welfare of the Iranian people, not weapons for terrorists and separatist fighters.
“As protestors peacefully gather and express themselves, I support their fight against economic hardship, inequality and oppression.”
- In August 2015, Norcross laid out why he opposed the JCPOA saying, “the deal ultimately falls short of the guarantees necessary to assure the American people that it will do more good than harm.”
- In July 2017, Norcross issued a statement following House passage of H.R. 3364, the Russia, Iran and North Korea Sanctions Act.
- In October 2017, Norcross issued a statement following the announcement from President Donald Trump that he will not recertify Iranian compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Contact: Ally Kehoe, Communications Director