WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) today released the following statement in strong support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action:

“I have long praised the Obama Administration’s steely resolve in pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran and I pledged my full support for the agreement the day it was signed. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is an extremely well-conceived arms agreement that does exactly what needs to be done when it comes to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. It is a strong, verifiable deal that advances our security interests and those of our allies. Needless to say, I will vote enthusiastically in support of the agreement.

The country is indebted to Secretary Kerry and Under Secretary Sherman, who showed tremendous grace under pressure over many months of arduous negotiations. President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif also deserve enormous credit for their resolve and earnest pursuit of an agreement.

The U.S. and Iran are burdened by a history of distrust, fraught with dissension and cynicism. Let us hope this nuclear deal proves to be the first stepping stone toward a more peaceful future for us both.”