East Fishkill, NY - New York State Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) is calling on Senator Chuck Schumer to use his influence to do more than just vote no on the Iran nuke deal. On the same night that the entire political world was focused on the first presidential debate, both Sen. Chuck Schumer and his protégé, Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand, quietly, as if they didn't want anyone to notice it, came out with their positions on the Iran nuke deal. Gillibrand supports it and Schumer opposes it.
"It is not enough for Schumer to vote against it," said Lalor. "As anyone who follows politics or watches House of Cards knows, Schumer could get permission from the Administration to cover himself with a 'no' vote if they have enough votes and dont need his. New Yorkers must demand that Schumer use his status as Vice Chair of the Majority Conference, and the likely Chair of the Caucus after Senator Reid retires next year, to stop the deal the Administration has negotiated with the Mullahs in Iran."
Lalor added, "That Schumer hasn't even swayed the junior Senator from his own state tells me that he is playing a dangerous political game on this grave matter. There are no shortages of reasons to oppose this deal that have been expressed by prominent members of both parties. American prisoners are still being held in Iran. The deal starts an arms race in the most volatile region of the world. We are trusting the number one state sponsor of terror in the world. The agreement strengthens Irans economy, and as a result, its ability to export terrorism. And the Administration is abandoning our Israeli allies and the Senates Constitutional advise and consent role. But the fact that Iran killed at least 500 American servicemen in recent years is reason enough not to lift sanctions and allow them to become an economic and military power."
Lalor, the only Iraq or Afghanistan veteran in the Assembly said, "Just last month, at a confirmation hearing for Obamas nominee for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, we learned that at least 500 American servicemen were killed in action by Iranian efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan."
That number doesnt take into account American servicemen wounded by Iranian explosively formed penetrators, or EFPs, in Iraq and Afghanistan. EFPs were manufactured in Iran and given to Shiite militias in Iraq. According to a Military Times article, "EFPs were powerful enough to destroy U.S. Humvees and breach tank hulls." It stands to reason that Iranian EFPs wounded many more Americans.
Lalor finished, "This is a bad deal; Senator Schumer has the power to stop it. All Americans, but especially New Yorkers, because we are the number one terror target in the world, should call on Schumer to make sure that the Senate has the votes to stop the nuke deal with the world's largest state sponsor of terror."