Washington, D.C.—TodayCongressman Rubén Hinojosa released the following statement in support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran’s nuclear program:


“After careful consideration, I have decided to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program. My decision followed similarly profound consideration of another solemn matter involving the war in Iraq and my decision to vote against the use of force in that conflict.


I have reviewed the agreement thoroughly, participated in several classified briefings and listened to the many details and intricacies presented by nuclear and security experts on all sides. I conclude this agreement is the best way of preventing Iran from building or obtaining a nuclear weapon and protecting the national security interests of the United States and our allies around the world.


While the agreement is not perfect, it is the best and most viable option available. What would be gained by rejecting this deal? That scenario is unthinkable. We must therefore assess all reasonable alternatives before committing our troops and the American people to the real possibility of nuclear war after so many years of casualties and resources expended in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


In every situation that involves the possibility of using military force to overcome a threat, I will always side with exploring and exhausting every possible avenue toward a diplomatic resolution first. Accordingly, as the representative of Texas’ fifteenth congressional district in the U.S. House, I support the JCPOA because it provides a reasonable, balanced and diplomatic solution rather than a worst-case scenario.


With the support of thirty-six retired generals and admirals and twenty-nine of the nation’s top scientists, I am confident we are on the right track concerning the JCPOA. All of these highly distinguished and experienced leaders agree that this agreement with Iran is the most effective means currently available to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons. I will encourage my colleagues to support it and vote for the agreement when it is considered by the full House.”