Chairman's Press

November 28, 2011

Lugar: Burma – North Korea Ties Should Be Disclosed

Lugar: Burma - North Korea Ties Should Be Disclosed Following is Senator Lugar's statement regarding developments in Burma. "The United States is appropriately testing the appearance of reforms within Burma. The Congress in 2008 created the position of Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma to explore ways of changing the regime's behavior. President Obama nominated Derek Mitchell in April of 2011 to assume that role. The sincerity with which a wide range of reforms has been… Continue Reading


November 22, 2011

Lugar Welcomes Energy Diplomacy Focus

Lugar Welcomes Energy Diplomacy Focus As a former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and current Ranking Member, U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar has been the Senate's leading advocate for more vigorous energy diplomacy. This week, he welcomed the news that the State Department is finally opening the Bureau of Energy Resources after several years of deliberation. The office is derived from legislation Lugar authored to establish an International Energy Coordinator. The office will be led … Continue Reading


July 20, 2011

Lugar Opening Statement for Western Hemisphere Nomination Hearing

I join the Chairman in welcoming our distinguished nominees. I appreciate this opportunity to examine, not only their credentials, but also current U.S. policy toward Mexico and Guatemala. Over many decades we have taken for granted the benefits of peaceful relationships with bordering countries. Our neighbors have been among our most important trading partners, with Canada currently ranking first in overall trade with the United States and Mexico ranking third. Historically, few great power… Continue Reading


July 14, 2011

Lugar Opening Statement: Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Sudan

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar today delivered the following prepared statement at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Sudan. Thank-you Mr. Chairman. I join you in welcoming back to the Committee our distinguished witness, who has a long record of service to our country and an unsurpassed depth of experience in African affairs. On July 9, 2011, the Republic of South Sudan was declared by its elected government to be independent of the Republic of Sudan. This is a rare modern mileston… Continue Reading


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

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