U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) plans to support a proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, which would see the country scale back its nuclear program in exchange for lifting sanctions.
The contentious deal on Capitol Hill is expected to face a difficult path through Congress, with even some prominent Democrats saying they do not plan to support the measure. In a statement released Friday morning, Baldwin said “I believe we are right to choose a path of international diplomacy to achieve our goal of verifiably preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.”
Baldwin said she came to her decision after carefully reviewing the plan, attending classified briefings, and listening to arguments from experts and constituents. She also noted the “hard lessons” learned by what happens when America engages in military action in the Middle East.
“Simply put, I do not believe that rejecting this agreement is in our national security interest,” the Wisconsin Democrat said. “For that reason the choice is clear, I will support this international agreement because it will best serve America’s national security interests and it is built on verification with a robust inspections and compliance regime that will cut off all of Iran’s potential pathways to a nuclear weapon.”