Chairman's Press

June 28, 2011

Lugar Amendment Rejecting Obama Libyan War Justification Passes, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Asserts War Powers Act

President Obama's assertion that U.S. military engagement in the Libyan civil war did not amount to "hostilities" under the War Powers Act was soundly rejected today by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The committee adopted an amendment proposed by its Republican leader, Senator Richard G. Lugar, that repudiated the legal arguments made earlier in the day by State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh. The amendment establishes that current U.S. military operations in Libya do constitute … Continue Reading


June 28, 2011

Lugar Opposes Obama’s Intervention In Libya’s Civil War

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Republican Leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement at the beginning of the committee "mark-up" on a resolution authorizing United States engagement in the Libyan civil war: Today the Committee will consider perhaps the most important question within its jurisdiction: whether to authorize the President to wage war. We do so at a time when the United States is still engaged in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and our national … Continue Reading


June 23, 2011

Lugar to Propose 5 Amendments Restricting Obama’s Libyan War Powers Resolution

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Republican Leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced today that he will offer five amendments restricting presidential powers when the committee considers next week S.J. Res. 20, which would belatedly authorize President Obama using U.S. forces in the Libyan civil war. Since the beginning of the Libyan war three months ago, Lugar has demanded that President Obama obtain congressional approval as prescribed in the U.S. Constitution, and detailed in… Continue Reading


June 22, 2011

Lugar Says Afghan Troop Withdrawal Not Enough; Mission Must be Narrowed to Counter Terrorism

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Republican Leader on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will tell Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a committee hearing tomorrow that the Obama Administration must re-orient its policies in Afghanistan and Pakistan to eliminate "nation building" in Afghanistan, focus on counter terrorism activities, and ensure the safety of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. Such a strategy, Lugar says, does not require more than 130,000 troops. In previous testimony before the c… Continue Reading


June 21, 2011

Lugar Highlights U.S.-Kazakhstan Nunn-Lugar Cooperation

Senator Richard Lugar, Republican Leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following statement at the hearing to consider the nomination of Kenneth Fairfax to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan: I would like to welcome all our nominees on the second panel. I would like, in particular, to recognize Kenneth Fairfax, who has been nominated by President Obama to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan. I was encouraged to read a recent piece in Foreign Policy b… Continue Reading


June 21, 2011

Lugar Tells New U.S. Middle East Envoys to Promote Reform while Protecting American Security

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement at a hearing for the nominations of the new American Ambassadors to Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Kazakhstan: Americans were moved by the power and speed of Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution and by the resolve of Egyptians to change the course of their history. We celebrated the calls for greater political participation, the protection of basic human right… Continue Reading


June 08, 2011

Lugar Tells Afghan Nominee U.S. Must Focus Strategy, Defending Vital Security Interests at Less Cost

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following opening statement on the nomination of Ryan Crocker to be Ambassador to Afghanistan: I join the Chairman in welcoming our distinguished nominee. Ambassador Crocker has returned from his well-earned retirement to again apply his unsurpassed experience at managing civil-military collaboration in a dynamic conflict environment. I thank him for his commitment and know that he will bring … Continue Reading


May 26, 2011

Senator Lugar's Opening Statement for the Nomination Hearing of Gary Locke to be Ambassador to China

I join the Chairman in welcoming Secretary Locke. The post for which he is nominated is one of the most difficult and complex in the entire Federal government. I appreciate this opportunity to express our views about the priorities of the U.S.-Chinese relationship and learn about the nominee's vision. China's global leverage has increased as it has positioned itself as the leading creditor nation with more than 18 percent of the world's current account balance surplus. According to recent da… Continue Reading


May 24, 2011

Lugar Says State Dept. Must Maintain Long-Term Strategic Focus Arms Control, Trade, Energy and Food Security Critical

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following opening statement at the nomination hearing of William J. Burns to be Deputy Secretary of State: I join the Chairman in welcoming Ambassador Burns once again to the Foreign Relations Committee. Ambassador Burns is a good friend and familiar figure to this Committee. We have often benefited from his analysis on some of the most important issues facing the United States. He is a… Continue Reading


May 24, 2011

Lugar Continues to Question Obama Strategies in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement at a committee hearing: Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for calling this hearing, the fifth in a series on Afghanistan and Pakistan. I join you in welcoming our distinguished witnesses. Like the Chairman, I remain hopeful that we will soon hear from the Defense Department and the State Department in public session about their plans in the region going forward. At this hear… Continue Reading


May 23, 2011

Lugar Warns Obama on Limits and Costs of Libya Engagement

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following letter to President Obama regarding American involvement in the civil war in Libya: May 23, 2011 The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States The White House Washington, DC Dear Mr. President: I am writing to express my serious concern about your Administration's failure to … Continue Reading


May 17, 2011

Lugar Says Pakistan Must Adhere to Past Agreements to Fight Terrorism

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement before the committee received testimony from Gen. James L. Jones, who most recently served as National Security Advisor to President Obama: Our recent hearings have underscored the importance of Pakistan to numerous U.S. national security goals. Pakistan is one of the largest Muslim countries in the world, with a sizeable nuclear arsenal. It is in a permanent state … Continue Reading


May 13, 2011

Lugar Challenges Obama Administration on Libyan War Authorization

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following series of questions to the Obama Administration one week before the deadline expires for the required Congressional authorization for U.S. military action in the Libyan civil war. "We are nearing the end of the second month of U.S. military involvement, including a bombing campaign, in Libya's civil war. Congress has yet to have an appropriate debate or vote on the President's… Continue Reading


May 12, 2011

Lugar Calls for “Haitian-American Enterprise Fund”

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday introduced legislation that would lead to the establishment of the "Haitian-American Enterprise Fund," to focus on strengthening the private sector and promoting job creation in post-earthquake Haiti. In a recent letter to Senator Lugar, Haitian President-elect Michel Martelly endorsed the creation of an enterprise fund, and pledged that his commitment to attracting additional foreign investmen… Continue Reading


May 12, 2011

Lugar Continues to Challenge Obama’s Libyan War Efforts Pentagon Refuses to Send a Witness to Defend Strategy

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following opening statement at a committee hearing on Libya: I thank the Chairman for holding this important hearing and join him in welcoming back Deputy Secretary Steinberg. The Committee sought a witness from the Defense Department to join Secretary Steinberg at this hearing. The Administration chose not to provide such a witness. This is an inexplicable decision given Administrat… Continue Reading


May 11, 2011

Lugar, Joined by Republican Senators, Calls for Ag Committee Hearings On Panama, Colombia and South Korean Trade Agreements

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a senior member of the Agriculture Committee, today called for immediate hearings "on the potential impact of the free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea on America's farmers and ranchers." Co-signing the letter to Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Pat Roberts, was Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sens. Thad Cochran, Saxby Chambliss, Mike Joha… Continue Reading


May 10, 2011

Lugar Says Obama Needs New Plan for Afghanistan

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,. Made the following opening statement today at a hearing before the committee: Afghanistan has undeniable symbolic importance and can still be a source of threats to U.S. security. The question before us is whether Afghanistan is important enough to justify the lives and massive resources that are being spent there, especially given our nation's debt crisis. Or, can we achieve the most important natio… Continue Reading


May 06, 2011

Lugar to appear on CNN’s John King, USA

Senator Dick Lugar is scheduled to appear on CNN's John King, USA this evening to discuss President Obama's lack of a plan for Afghanistan and issues facing U.S.-Pakistan relations. The show airs from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST. Clips from the episode will be available at http://johnkingusa.blogs.cnn.com/. ###… Continue Reading


May 06, 2011

Lugar to appear on CNN’s State of the Union

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar is scheduled to appear on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, May 8, 2011, to discuss Libya, Pakistan and the Middle East. The show airs from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Eastern and again from Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern. The entire episode will be available at http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/state.of.the.union/. ###… Continue Reading


May 06, 2011

Lugar to appear on Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC

Senator Dick Lugar is scheduled to appear live at 1:00 p.m. today on Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC to discuss Libya, Pakistan and the Middle East. Lugar will appear at 1:00 p.m. EST. Clips from the episode will be available at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29974370/. ###… Continue Reading

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109
Showing page   of 109