Bera statement on Netanyahu speech | Congressman Ami Bera

Bera statement on Netanyahu speech

Mar 3, 2015
Press Release

Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. today made the following statement regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address before a Joint Meeting of the Congress:

“Though I was disappointed with the clearly political timing of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech, as a Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I believe it was my duty to be there and listen today. Israel is one of America’s most critical allies and the issues in the Middle East are far more important than partisan politics. I continue to be committed to keeping Iran from getting nuclear weapons. That means an all-options-on-the-table approach towards Iran where the U.S. and the international community continue our vigilance and verification. If Iran violates the interim agreement, or if a long-term accord does not materialize, Iran must be fully aware they will face serious consequences.”

Bera has represented Sacramento County in Congress since 2013. Born and raised in California, he is a physician and the only Indian American currently serving in Congress. He’s fighting to rebuild an economy that works for middle class families and to reduce our country’s debt in a responsible way. One of Bera’s first acts in Congress was to help lead the effort to pass the No Budget No Pay Act, which says if members of Congress don’t pass a budget, they don’t get paid. As a leader of the No Labels' Problem Solvers, he’s working with people from both parties to find bipartisan solutions to our nation’s challenges. He and his wife Janine live in Elk Grove with their daughter Sydra. For more updates on Rep. Bera follow @RepBera on Twitter, like Congressman Bera on Facebook, or visit