Chairman's Press

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


February 02, 2009

Kerry and Lugar Concerned About Humanitarian Situation in Sri Lanka

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D - Mass.) and Ranking Committee Minority Member, Senator Richard Lugar, issued the following statement today expressing concern about the deteriorating security situation in Sri Lanka: "Senator Lugar and I are greatly concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation, including the challenges facing approximately 250,000 internally displaced persons trapped in a 100-square-mile area by fighting in the Va… Continue Reading


January 21, 2009

Senate Confirms Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D - Mass.) made the following statement today after an overwhelming 94 - 2 vote by the Senate to confirm President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of State, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. "After healthy debate from both the Foreign Relations Committee and today from the full Senate, I'm pleased and honored to be among the first to call my colleague and dear friend Hillary Clinton 'Madam Secretary,'" said th… Continue Reading


January 15, 2009

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Overwhelmingly Approves Nomination of Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), incoming Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, released the statement below following this morning's meeting where the Committee ordered favorably reported the prospective nomination of Hillary R. Clinton to be Secretary of State by a roll call vote of 16-1."The 16 to 1 roll call vote demonstrates the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's overwhelming support for President-Elect Obama's designee to be Secretary of State, Hillary Clint… Continue Reading


January 14, 2009

Kerry Statement on Susan Rice Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Incoming Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) today released the following opening remarks for the confirmation hearing of Susan Rice, the President-Elect's designee to be Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations with the rank and status of Ambassador.Full text as prepared is below:The United States' Ambassador to the United Nations is one of the most important of our national security and diplomatic posts. The Oba… Continue Reading


January 08, 2009

Kerry Announces Top Foreign Relations Committee Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Incoming Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) today announced several top staff members for the 111th Congress. David McKean, the Senator's former Chief of Staff, will serve as Staff Director on the committee. Doug Frantz joins the committee as Chief Investigator, Frederick Jones as Communications Director, and Frank Lowenstein as Chief Counsel. "This incoming Foreign Relations Committee intends to face the serious international military,… Continue Reading


January 05, 2009

Kerry To Join Sen. Biden on Bi-Partisan Senate CODEL to Southwest Asia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Incoming Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) today announced he will join outgoing Foreign Relations Committee Chairman and Vice President-Elect Sen. Joe Biden later this week on a fact-finding trip to Southwest Asia. The CODEL will also include Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Kerry most recently traveled to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Georgia and India, this past December where he met with Presidents … Continue Reading


January 02, 2009

Kerry Statement on Senator Claiborne Pell

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Incoming Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) released the following statement today following the news of the passing of his colleague, mentor, and esteemed former committee chairman, Senator Claiborne Pell:"Public service was stamped in Claiborne Pell's DNA. He was a quiet giant and a gentleman to the core, a dignified man who always did what he thought was right. Claiborne Pell will be recorded in history as a leader whose moral compass… Continue Reading

Showing page   of 76