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Senator Tom Cotton Discusses Obamacare-Related Court Decisions and his Oversight of the Iran Nuclear Deal

May 20, 2016

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C.- Today, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released a video update on how he's been serving Arkansas in the United States Senate this week. Senator Cotton discussed the President's unlawful Obamacare subsidy program, the Obamacare religious liberty case, and his oversight of the implementation of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Please feel free to use this video for your broadcast purposes. Click here to watch the video in full. A transcript of the video is also available below.


Hi, this is Senator Tom Cotton. I wanted to give you a quick update on how I've been serving you and Arkansas in the United States Senate this week.

First, there have been two important Obamacare-related decisions in our courts recently. Last week, a Federal Court ruled that the Obama administration has been improperly funding an Obamacare subsidy program. It's not surprising that President Obama once again broke the law to force his law on the American people. Time and time again he's circumvented Congress and ignored the Constitution to uphold his liberal agenda.Obamacare is driving up health care costs and making health insurance more expensive. We need to repeal Obamacare and provide Americans with real health care reforms that actually lower costs and approve access. I expect the Obama administration will try and fight this ruling-perhaps taking it all the way to the Supreme Court. But as this case continues please know that I will fight in the Senate to ensure Arkansans and all Americans are protected from the worst effects of Obamacare.

This week the Supreme Court made another important decision in the Obamacare religious liberty case. The Court instructed the Obama administration to do what it should have done in the first place: give due respect to the sincere beliefs of the Little Sisters of the Poor and other people of faith. In the rush to impose Obamacare on the nation, President Obama trampled on the religious rights of Arkansans and all Americans who hold to traditional beliefs and don't agree with his liberal views on abortion. Religious freedom is a fundamental right guaranteed to us by the Founders and it must be protected. The Supreme Court's order gives the President an opportunity to right his wrong, and I urge him to take advantage of it.

I also want to take a moment to explain how I've been conducting oversight of the implementation of President Obama's dangerous nuclear deal with Iran. Under the deal, Iran must rid themselves of Heavy Water, a material that's used in the production of nuclear weapons. In order to help Iran comply with that stipulation, the Obama administration announced they would purchase a large amount of Iran's current supply of Heavy Water.

Given the Obama administration's track record when it comes to Iran, I wanted to ensure they stuck to their promise that this purchase would be a one-time event so I proposed an amendment to the recent Energy and Water appropriations bill to block any future Heavy Water purchases. But the Obama Administration didn't take well to being held accountable for their rhetoric and they threatened to veto the bill. Worse, Senate Democrats supported President Obama and initially refused to even allow the amendment to come up for debate. Finally, we were able find a way to hold a vote on this critical amendment. Regrettably, Senate Democrats once again put political gamesmanship over the safety and security of the American people and while the amendment did receive a majority of bipartisan support it ultimately did not pass with the required supermajority.

Leaving the door open to continued heavy water purchases by the United States only incentivizes Iran to produce more heavy water and legitimizes its activity for years to come. And it removes any confidence in the Obama administration's promise that this purchase would be a one-time event. I am committed to ensuring President Obama does not needlessly go beyond the terms of the nuclear deal in order to preserve his legacy.

Thanks for allowing me a few minutes of your time to tell you about how I've been working for you. Should you have any questions or require any additional information, please visit my website at cotton.senate.gov. Have a great weekend.