Chairman's Press

April 13, 2009

Chairman Kerry Applauds President Obama's Changes To Cuba Policy

Washington, D.C.--- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement in response to President Obama's easing of Cuba restrictions for Cuban Americans families: "President Obama has made the right call to remove restrictions that have only set back the cause of a democratic Cuba by preventing Cuban Americans from visiting their family members and providing financial support to families remaining on the island. These changes are both compassi… Continue Reading


April 10, 2009

Kerry on Pirate Attack on U.S. Flagged Ship off Coast of Somalia

BOSTON - Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to a pirate attack on a U.S. flagged ship off the coast of Somalia. "These acts of piracy off of Somalia's coastline may seem surreal, but they're all too real and a thorough policy debate is long overdue. When Americans, including at least one from Massachusetts, are endangered, you've got a complicated and dangerous international situation brewing, an… Continue Reading


April 05, 2009

Chairman Kerry Calls For Unified And Stern Response To North Korea's Missile Test

Washington, D.C.-- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement in response to North Korea's Missile Test: "North Korea's launch of a Taepo Dong missile is a provocative act that calls for a stern, unified response from the members of the Six Party Talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The United States should immediately call on the international community to strictly enforce UN Security Council Resolutions 1718 and … Continue Reading


April 05, 2009

Chairman Kerry Applauds President Obama's Nuclear Nonproliferation Stance in Prague

Washington, D.C.---Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement in response to President Obama's speech in Prague: "The President is absolutely correct that our long-term goal must be a world free from nuclear weapons, and I look forward to working closely with him and his Administration on the ambitious but practical agenda he has set out today. In particular, I applaud the President's proposal to host a Global Summit on Nuclear Secu… Continue Reading


April 03, 2009

Senate Passes Budget Resolution That Includes Four Billion Dollars Restored To The International Affairs Budget By Chairman Kerry

Washington, D.C. - This evening, the Senate passed President Obama's FY2010 budget resolution, including $4 billion restored to President's international affairs budget by the April 1 passage of the Kerry-Lugar amendment. The $4 billion will make it possible for the Administration to pursue critical foreign policy and national security objectives including: increasing foreign aid to vital programs in Pakistan and Afghanistan; rebuilding the diplomatic and development capacity of the Depa… Continue Reading


April 02, 2009

Chairman Kerry Statement on G-20 Summit Agreement

Washington, D.C. - Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement in response to the communiqu? by G-20 leaders on their plan to deal with the global economic crisis: "The willingness of G-20 leaders to bridge their differences and demonstrate unity of purpose in tackling the global economic crisis will go a long way to restore confidence in the governments, markets and institutions that have been most affected. The sweeping reforms to tackle banki… Continue Reading


April 01, 2009

Kerry, Lugar Amendment To Restore Full Funding To President Obama's International Affairs Budget

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, on the Senate floor today introduced an amendment to restore four billion dollars in cuts to the President's international affairs budget. The senator's full remarks as prepared are below: If the first years of the twenty-first century have taught us anything about national security, it is that in a globalized world, our problems are interconnected, and so-ultimately-is our security. We are endangered by … Continue Reading


March 31, 2009

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Orders Reported Key Nominees and Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, the Committee on Foreign Relations held a business meeting to consider eight nominations and seven pieces of legislation. The Committee favorably reported, by voice vote, the following nominees and pieces of legislation: Nominations Esther Brimmer to be Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Karl Eikenberry to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Timothy Geithner to be U.S. Governor of the International Monetary F… Continue Reading


March 30, 2009

Chairman Kerry Urges Sri Lankan President to Protect Civilians

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry sent a letter to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa expressing his grave concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in that country and its government's failure to allow humanitarian groups full access to provide relief. Senator Kerry and Senator Richard Lugar, ranking Republican on the Committee, released a statement last month calling on both the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to p… Continue Reading


March 30, 2009

Chairman Kerry Advocates A New Partnership In US-Russian Relations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered a speech today titled, "A New Partnership for a New Moment in US-Russian Relations" on the United States policy toward Russia. Below are Senator Kerry's remarks, as delivered: We all know that in recent years, America's relationship with Russia reached its lowest and least constructive phase in two decades. The President who once looked into Putin's eyes and saw his soul regrettably didn't see h… Continue Reading


March 27, 2009

Chairman Kerry Welcomes President Obama's New Strategy for Afghanistan-Pakistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today in response to President Obama's new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan: "President Obama's new strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan is realistic and bold in a critical region where our policy needs rescuing," said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry. "Many of us have long advocated more troops for training Afghan security forces and a clear mission… Continue Reading


March 25, 2009

Nomination Hearing for President Obama's Nominee for Ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) announced the nomination hearing for Lieutenant General Karl Eikenberry, President Obama's nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan. "At this crucial moment, after too many years of policy drift, we simply must get our Afghanistan strategy right. With the Taliban resurgent and U.S. troops increasingly at risk, we cannot afford a continuation of the status quo," said Chairman Kerry. "At such … Continue Reading


March 25, 2009

Chairman Kerry Statement on Christopher Hill Nomination Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following opening remarks for the nomination hearing for Christopher Hill, President Obama's nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Iraq. Full text as prepared is below: This Committee will hold many hearings this year, but few more important than this week's confirmation hearings for Ambassadors to Iraq and Afghanistan. 143,000 American military personnel remain in harm's way in Iraq and abo… Continue Reading


March 25, 2009

Kerry, Lugar Push to Reauthorize Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined with Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), the ranking Republican on the Committee, to reauthorize a vital foreign policy and economic development tool - the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Kerry and Lugar introduced legislation in the Senate to reauthorize OPIC for an additional four years. OPIC was established as an independent U.S. government agency in 1971 to help U.S. businesses a… Continue Reading


March 20, 2009

Chairman Kerry Statement on President Obama's Message to Iran Celebrating Nowruz

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today in response to President's Obama's videotaped remarks to the people of Iran in celebration of Nowruz: "President Obama's eloquent address to the people and leaders of Iran commemorating Nowruz can be a watershed moment in public diplomacy, with a unique president using the powers of persuasion to great effect. The regime in Tehran faces rising discontent from it… Continue Reading


March 16, 2009

Chairman Kerry Statement on Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today regarding Pakistan's decision to reinstate Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to office: "This is an important moment for Pakistan - by restoring Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to his position as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Pakistani people have shown their commitment to an independent judiciary and to the rule of law. Now, Pakistan's civilian leadership must … Continue Reading


March 11, 2009

Chairman Kerry Statement in Advance of G-20 Preparatory Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today in response to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's announcement ahead of the G-20 preparatory meeting taking place this weekend in London: "This Administration has offered a bold response to a global financial crisis that demands nothing short of bold and creative solutions. The G20 meeting in London will be a leadership moment on the world stage for President Obama.… Continue Reading


February 27, 2009

Chairman Kerry Statement on President Obama's Iraq Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator John Kerry released the following statement today about President Obama's speech on his Iraq withdrawal strategy before an audience of Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C.: "President Obama committed long ago to be as careful getting out of Iraq as the Bush Administration was careless going in, and this strategy keeps his promise. The President's plan is responsible, thoughtful, empowers Iraqis to lead their own country… Continue Reading


February 26, 2009

Kerry on Gates' Decision to Allow Photographers to Document Return of Flag-Draped Coffins at Dover

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, today released this statement following Defense Secretary Robert Gates' decision to allow photographers to document flag-draped coffins of fallen soldiers arriving at Dover Air Force Base with consent from the troop's family: "Secretary Gates has made a courageous, respectful decision that first and foremost is accountable to all the families of our fallen heroes," said Senator John Ker… Continue Reading


February 02, 2009

Kerry Applauds Reversal of Global Gag Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) released the following statement following President Obama's reversal of the Global Gag Rule: "I am glad that President Obama has moved so swiftly to lift the Global Gag Rule which has too long handcuffed our ability to provide aid around the world. Today's announcement is a very powerful signal to our neighbors around the world that the United States is once again back in the business of good publi… Continue Reading

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