Amendment would prohibit future purchases of heavy water from Iran

cottonU.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., earlier this week filed an amendment to the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that would prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to purchase additional quantities of heavy water from Iran. It would not affect last week’s deal in which the Obama administration purchased 32 tons of heavy water from Iran.

Here’s a Tuesday statement from Cotton:

“The Obama Administration stated that this purchase is a one-time deal and the United States will not become a repeat customer of Iran’s over-production of heavy water. Regrettably, it’s become difficult to separate fact from fiction when it comes to President Obama sidling up to Iran. It seems the president will go to any lengths to protect his nuclear deal. This amendment would simply hold his Administration to its promise by ensuring that taxpayer dollars cannot be used again for the same purpose. We’ve given the terror-sponsoring Iranian regime enough concessions at the risk of our security; we should not further subsidize its enrichment activity by making repeated purchases of this material.”

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