Chairman's Press

July 26, 2012

In Bi-Partisan Vote, Foreign Relations Committee Passes Disabilities Treaty

Washington, DC - On the 22nd anniversary of the landmark passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Chairman John Kerry and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution of advice and consent to Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Treaty Doc. 112-7). The resolution was amended and passed by a strong bi-partisan vote of 13 to 6. The Convention is an international agreement for protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities. It sets broad goals of aut… Continue Reading


July 26, 2012

Kerry Statement Markup of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Washington, DC - On the 22nd anniversary of the landmark passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Chairman John Kerry made the following statement during a meeting of the Foreign Relations Committee to consider a resolution of advice and consent to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Treaty Doc. 112-7). The resolution was amended and passed by a strong bi-partisan vote of 13 to 6. "I've heard from countless advocates on this issue-from various places; from the Per… Continue Reading


July 26, 2012

In Bi-Partisan Vote, Foreign Relations Committee Passes Disabilities Treaty

Washington, DC - On the 22nd anniversary of the landmark passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Chairman John Kerry and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution of advice and consent to Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Treaty Doc. 112-7). The resolution was amended and passed by a strong bi-partisan vote of 13 to 6. The Convention is an international agreement for protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities. It sets broad goals of aut… Continue Reading


July 24, 2012

Kerry Meets with Sir Elton John, Annie Lennox, UNAIDS Director Michel Sidibé to Discuss AIDS Research, Investments and Policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, met with Sir Elton John, Annie Lennox, and UNAIDS Director Michel Sidibé who were in town for the International AIDS Conference. During the meeting they discussed current investments in research, policies and next steps for fighting the AIDS epidemic. They also discussed options for strengthening the PEPFAR and the Global Fund programs. "It wasn't long ago that an HIV/AIDS diagnosis was a death se… Continue Reading


July 23, 2012

Kerry Urges Global Investment in Prevention, Life-Saving Resources at AIDS 2012 Conference

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following remarks at the international AIDS 2012 conference. "Dramatic, life-saving improvements to HIV/AIDS care in this country and across the globe are well within our reach," said Sen. Kerry. "We only have to be bold enough to demand them, and wise enough to act-to transform today's hopes for 21st-century HIV/AIDS care into tomorrow's reality. But this takes money and tremendous effor… Continue Reading


July 23, 2012

Kerry Statement on the Death of Oswaldo Payá

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The following is a statement from Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, on the death of Oswaldo Payá: "Cuba has lost a valiant champion for tolerance, democracy and social responsibility. Oswaldo Payá's legacy will be an enduring inspiration to Cubans seeking freedom and democratic reforms. As a boy, Mr. Payá paid a personal price for rejecting Marxism and becoming a passionate advocate for peaceful, civic action. But that o… Continue Reading


July 19, 2012

Kerry on Russia, China Veto of UN Syria Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The following is a statement from Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, in response to Russia's and China's veto today of the United Nations Syria resolution: "Russia and China's veto of the Syria resolution is as surreal as it is dangerous. As Rome burns, they're worried about saving Nero. Bashar al-Assad and his supporters need to hear unequivocally from the international community that they are losing. They cannot be thrown a lifeline by hold-o… Continue Reading


July 17, 2012

Kerry Statement at Hearing on Human Trafficking

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following statement at a hearing entitled, "The Next Ten Years in the Fight Against Human Trafficking: Attacking the Problem with the Right Tools." The hearing explored the major factors that enable the ongoing proliferation of trafficking, and probed solutions for some of the most difficult problems associated with trafficking. It also allowed the Committee to establish the existing fact… Continue Reading


July 16, 2012

Kerry Statement on Release of Massachusetts Natives Kidnapped in Egypt

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement today after confirming with State Department and Egyptian officials that the two Massachusetts natives who were kidnapped on Friday, July 13th while traveling in the Sinai Peninsula have been released. The two were traveling with other tourists on their way to Mount Sinai when their bus was stopped and, along with their tour guide, they were kidnapped. "What began as a sightseeing tour turned into an unimaginable nigh… Continue Reading


July 12, 2012

Disability Rights Advocates Urge Ratification of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Washington, DC - Today at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities," experts and interested parties from government and civil society expressed strong support for Senate ratification of the treaty. The Convention is an international agreement for the protection of the rights of individuals with disabilities, which sets broad goals of autonomy, equality, acceptance, and accessibility for individuals with disabilities. "Ratifying … Continue Reading


July 12, 2012

Kerry Statement: Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following statement at a hearing analyzing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Treaty Doc. 112-7). "Americans may not witness these discriminatory acts in our daily lives, but they sting our conscience from half a world away," said Sen. Kerry. "Ratifying the Convention would strengthen our hand as we push for higher standards internationally-standards to which all of… Continue Reading


July 12, 2012

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Report on Mexico, Reducing Extreme Violence

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released a staff report entitled, "Judicial and Police Reforms in Mexico: Essential Building Blocks for a Lawful Society." The report calls on the incoming Mexican and U.S. Administrations to expand their support for Mexico's reform of its judicial sector and police as the best means to reduce the high levels of violent crime in Mexico. The report was compiled by Senate Foreign Relations Committee majority sta… Continue Reading


July 09, 2012

Kerry Statement on Elections in Libya

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) made the following statement today in response to the outcome of the elections in Libya. "Libya has made an important step forward by holding elections. They are to be congratulated. It is hard to underestimate what an amazing year it's been for Libyans who went from four decades of autocracy to the green shoots of a democracy of their own choosing. This is only the beginning of a long process of building a more rep… Continue Reading


July 09, 2012

Kerry on First Anniversary of South Sudan’s Independence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The following is a statement by Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, on the first anniversary of South Sudan's independence. "Last July 9th, against enormous odds, a new state was born, and a remarkable victory achieved for the people of South Sudan and their newly established government. Two nations emerged: a newly independent South Sudan and a greatly altered Sudan, and both have struggled since. In the face of significant provocation, South … Continue Reading


July 03, 2012

Kerry Statement Regarding Clinton Statement on Pakistan/Reopening of NATO Supply Routes

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) made the following statement today in response to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's statement to Pakistan on behalf of the United States regarding a strike that claimed the lives of members of the Pakistani military. "Secretary Clinton's statement today to Pakistani Foreign Minister Khar was an act of leadership and will hopefully allow our two nations to put this issue behind us. Our relationship is constantly be… Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

Kerry, Cardin, Rubio Introduce QDDR Review Act

Washington, DC - Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Marco Rubio (R-FL), introduced the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review Act of 2012, legislation designed to update our foreign policy and assistance programs to reflect the new challenges of the 21st century by setting clear diplomatic and development priorities, assuring that our efforts are effective and efficient, and clarifying the way we evaluate progress. "It helps Con… Continue Reading


June 28, 2012

Kerry Opening Statement: Business Community Supports Law of the Sea

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following opening statement at a hearing that brought together top leaders of the business community - including leaders in telecommunications, oil and gas and manufacturing - who support the Law of the Sea Treaty. "Our companies want this Treaty, simply bottom line, because it affects their bottom lines," said Sen. Kerry. "Our failure to join the Treaty actually forces them to look elsewh… Continue Reading


June 27, 2012

Chairman Kerry on Nomination of Derek Mitchell to be Ambassador to Burma

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement on the nomination of Derek Mitchell to be the Ambassador to the Union of Burma. "The last year's changes in Burma have laid the foundation for progress towards genuine democracy, economic reform, and national reconciliation. Sending a U.S. Ambassador to Burma is a logical step forward, especially given the concrete steps Burma has taken, the bipartisan shift in how Congres… Continue Reading


June 24, 2012

Kerry on Egyptian Election

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The following is a statement by Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, on the Egyptian presidential election: "The Egyptian people deserve enormous praise for conducting the first democratically-elected presidential election of the post-Mubarak era. This is an historic moment for them in their post-revolutionary period, and it's an Egyptian moment just as it's been an Egyptian revolution. "During my recent visits to Cairo, I've had two candid discus… Continue Reading


June 22, 2012

Kerry, Lugar Bill Would Help Prevent Corrupt, Fraudulent Adoptions Abroad

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-IN) along with Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and James Inhofe (R-OK) introduced legislation to elevate and standardize adoption services across the globe to safeguard against corruption and fraudulent adoptions. After years of conflicting, country-by-country standards for Adoption Service Providers (ASPs), the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 will for th… Continue Reading

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