WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) issued the following statement after voting for the Conference Report to H.R. 2194, the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act, yesterday on the House floor:

“A nuclear Iran poses a grave security risk to our nation and jeopardizes international efforts to improve stability in the Middle East region. I have long been an aggressive critic of the increasingly radical Iranian regime, led by the inflammatory and erratic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. President Ahmadinejad’s countless efforts to divert global attention from his country’s nuclear activity and disrupt international inspection efforts have convinced me the Iranian government’s nuclear ambitions are real and steadfast.

It is imperative the Obama Administration expeditiously enact the new, powerful sanctions put forth by Congress in H.R. 2194. In passing this critical legislation, Congress has demonstrated its commitment to crippling the Iranian regime through targeted sanctions on the country’s vital energy and financial sectors.

The international community has provided Iran ample, and some would argue excessive, time to comply with global standards for nuclear development. The significant sanctions approved yesterday place our nation at the forefront of multinational efforts to curtail Iran’s dangerous nuclear ambitions.”

Dent voted for the original draft of H.R. 2194 when it passed the U.S. House of Representatives in December 2009. Earlier yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed the Conference Report with no opposition. Later that evening, the measure sailed through the House with near unanimous bipartisan support.