Press Release

Fortenberry Statement on the Escalating Military Situation with Iran

Jan 3, 2020
Press Release

(Lincoln, NE) –– Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) issued the following statement today on the escalating military situation with Iran.

“The Iranian-inspired attack on our embassy in Baghdad provoked a defensive military response and deliberately ripped open a festering wound.  This conflict with Iran has been brewing for forty years since our Embassy in Tehran was overrun in 1979,” Fortenberry said.

“Qasem Soleimani, the key Iranian military leader, was behind countless deaths and acts of terror across the Middle East, including those targeting Americans.  Ongoing Iranian aggression has seriously escalated the tension,” Fortenberry added.

“In a more perfect world, our countries have more reason to be natural allies than natural enemies.  America needs to be aware that Iran is likely to retaliate through terrorism and assassination,” Fortenberry said.


Congressman Jeff Fortenberry is the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations.