Chairman's Press

March 04, 2010

At Kerry, Bayh Urging, Western Union and MoneyGram Agree to Modify Practices on Money Transfers to Haiti

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After strong urging from Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Chairman of the Banking Subcommittee on Security and International Trade and Finance, Western Union has agreed to reduce fees on money transfers to those devastated by last month's earthquake in Haiti, and MoneyGram will contribute a small amount to relief efforts when a remittance is sent. MoneyGram's relief contributions will continue through June, an… Continue Reading


March 04, 2010

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing On Middle East Peace

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) chaired a hearing focusing on the way forward in the effort to bring peace to the Middle East. The hearing follows the Chairman's recent travel to the region. "With negotiations likely to resume soon, we are reaching a critical juncture continue to believe that, to a greater extent than many realize, the conditions are in place for significant progress-but only if all sides can summon the leadership, com… Continue Reading


March 04, 2010

U.S. Senate Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Resolution On Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution on Iraq which recognizes the importance of the upcoming elections to Iraq's future. The resolution also recognizes the enormous sacrifices that American soldiers and diplomats have made in Iraq and expresses the ongoing commitment of the United States to the Iraqipeople. Senators Lugar, Lieberman, McCain, Casey, and Graham co-sponsored the resolution with Senator Kerry. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerr… Continue Reading


March 01, 2010

Chairman Kerry Marks United Nations' 54th Session Of The Commission On The Status Of Women

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the United Nation's will open a two-week conference to review and strengthen women's rights globally, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement: "As we look at the major challenges faced around the world - conflict, poverty, disease, hunger, natural disasters, and environmental degradation - women are key to our ability to successfully face these daunting challenges. Yet, in much of the world, women remain an untapped and underv… Continue Reading


February 22, 2010

Kerry and Bayh Press Western Union, MoneyGram to Eliminate Fees on Money Transfers to Haiti

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Chairman of the Banking Subcommittee on Security and International Trade and Finance, today called on Western Union and MoneyGram to eliminate or reduce the fees for money transfers to Haiti through June 2010 after the devastation of last month's earthquake. Current fees give 7 to 9 percent of remittances people send to loved ones in Haiti to the money transfer companies instea… Continue Reading


February 16, 2010

Chairman Kerry Statement On Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today about Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim: "I call on the government of Malaysia, and specifically on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, to ensure a fair and equitable resolution of the legal proceedings currently under way against former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim. "It has been over a decade since Anwar's first trial, on charges that were later … Continue Reading


February 13, 2010

Chairman Kerry Addresses The U.S.-Islamic World Forum

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following remarks at the U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar: As salaam alaikum. Thank you for the kind introduction. I want to thank the Brookings Project for convening this important discussion. I'm grateful to His Excellency Prime Minister Hamad bin Jasim, Strobe Talbott, Martin Indyk, and all those involved in putting this Forum together. And I am pleased to be here with Prime Minister Er… Continue Reading


January 22, 2010

Kerry, Lugar Haiti Earthquake Resolution Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to last week's catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) issued the following statement announcing the Senate's passage of a resolution that recognizes the humanitarian crisis and urges a sustained commitment to the rebuilding of the country: "The Haitian people have faced this catastrophic earthquake with the same indomitable spirit that has characterized them throughout the… Continue Reading


December 10, 2009

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement For U.S. Defense Trade Treaties Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following opening statement at a hearing on the proposed Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties with the United Kingdom and Australia: Full text as prepared is below: Today we meet to consider treaties with two of our closest allies, the United Kingdom and Australia, that would change how our country controls arms exports and shares military technology. The Committee first took testimony on these … Continue Reading


December 10, 2009

Kerry, Lieberman, Graham Release Framework for Climate Change and Energy Independence Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) released their framework for comprehensive climate change and energy independence legislation. "Over the past month, we have been working together to develop consensus on a comprehensive pollution reduction and energy independence plan. Support is building to simultaneously create jobs, protect our national security interests, and improve our environment. As you depart for Co… Continue Reading


December 09, 2009

Chairman Kerry: "Pakistan Is The Core Of Our Challenge"

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following opening statement at the hearing titled "The New Afghanistan Strategy: The View From The Ground": Full text as prepared is below: General David Petraeus, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, Under Secretary Jack Lew-we welcome you here today. Eight days ago, the President announced a new phase in our Afghan mission, including a decision to send an additional 30,000 troops. For all the answer… Continue Reading


December 07, 2009

Kerry: EPA Endangerment Finding Sends Important Signal to Congress, Copenhagen

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and head of the Congressional delegation to the international climate negotiations beginning today in Copenhagen, Denmark, today responded to reports that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue a final ruling that greenhouse gas emissions directly threaten human lives. "This is a clear message to Copenhagen of the Obama Administration's commitment to address global climate change and… Continue Reading


December 03, 2009

Kerry Introduces Legislation To Support Global Climate Deal

Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and author of S. 1733, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, today introduced the "International Climate Change Investment Act of 2009." This legislation addresses the global security risks of climate change and promotes our economic leadership and competitiveness by enhancing demand for American clean energy products. The Act strongly supports a global agreement at the United Nations Framework Convention on … Continue Reading


December 03, 2009

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing With Secretary Clinton, Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following opening statement at the hearing titled "Afghanistan: Assessing the Road Ahead": Secretary Gates, Secretary Clinton, Admiral Mullen-we welcome you here today. Thank you for coming to share more details about the President's plan, and for consulting and partnering with Congress on a decision of enormous consequence for our soldiers, our security, and our country. This is a decision t… Continue Reading


December 02, 2009

Chairman Kerry Statement On President's West Point Speech

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement this evening following President Obama's speech on Afghanistan: "I believe that the President defined a narrower mission tonight, not an open-ended nation-building exercise. A key component of that mission is providing that the troops will only clear and hold in places where there is capacity to build and transfer beneath them and that there will be significant partnering wit… Continue Reading


December 01, 2009

Kerry Urges Secretary Clinton: Increased Global Climate Aid Essential to Success in Copenhagen

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and lead author of the Senate's comprehensive climate change legislation, wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today urging increased global aid to support international climate change priorities. These issues will be debated during the international negotiations later this month in Copenhagen. A significant gap exists "between the international climate funds committed in the President's … Continue Reading


December 01, 2009

Chairman Kerry Marks World AIDS Day, Applauds Administration's Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today on World AIDS Day: "Today we mark the extraordinary progress in the fight against AIDS. While the disease claimed 2 million lives worldwide last year, millions of others are alive today because of the impact of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. I am pleased the Administration's five-year … Continue Reading


December 01, 2009

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement For USAID Nomination Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following opening statement at the nomination hearing for Dr. Rajiv Shah, President Obama's nominee to lead the United States Agency for International Development (USAID): We are here today to consider the nomination of Dr. Rajiv Shah to be the next Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Today, USAID may be our last major foreign policy agency to have its leadership n… Continue Reading


November 25, 2009

Kerry, Gillibrand, Cardin, Shaheen, Boxer, Casey Mark The International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women

Washington, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), along with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Ben Cardin (D-MD)released the following statements to mark theInternational Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: "The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is an important reminder of just how many women and girls continue to be subjected to violence and discrimination arou… Continue Reading


November 18, 2009

Kerry Addresses Global Climate Crisis at World Bank

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, today addressed the World Bank in a speech titled "Building a Twenty-First Century Development Bank: New Challenges, New Priorities." In the speech, the Chairman addressed the opportunities to reform international financial institutions and address the real threats of global climate change. "We can no longer ignore the reality that our planet is currently hurtling toward irreversible and catastrophic … Continue Reading

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