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  • WASHINGTON – Following debate in the Senate over the Obama administration’s drone program, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., called for a close examination of the policy in hearings before the Foreign Relations Committee to answer key questions related to the use of drones and the executive branch’s use of force...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today said the final report on U.S. reconstruction funds in Iraq demonstrates the need for a top-to-bottom review of the State Department and U.S. foreign assistance programs to ensure taxpayer dollars are used to advance U.S....
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement on the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. “Following the death of Hugo Chavez, it is my hope that all Venezuelans will have the opportunity to fully exercise their political rights,...
  • WASHINGTON - In a letter today to the Senate Budget Committee, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for a fiscal year 2014 international affairs budget that advances “core U.S. economic and security interests,” while also emphasizing “the dire fiscal situation of the...
  • February 25, 2013, 7:07 p.m. ET 'Nuclear Zero' Offers Nothing Worth Having The president not only wants to cut missiles, he also is neglecting a promised modernization program. By BOB CORKER AND JIM INHOFE President Obama has repeatedly identified nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism as key dangers to the United States and its allies. His...
  • WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement after unanimous Senate passage of a resolution condemning North Korea’s recent nuclear test, which violated numerous international agreements and poses real dangers to regional and global...
  • WASHINGTON – At the conclusion of a trip to Senegal, Mali, Algeria and Tunisia today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said confronting the terrorist threat to the region requires international coordination. “It goes without saying that the security situation in North Africa has...
  • TUNIS, Tunisia - Following meetings today with the president of Tunisia and other senior leaders of major Tunisian political parties, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement regarding the resignation of Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali. “The United States...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., will be the lead Republican or “ranking member” of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the 113th Congress. Corker's appointment will be confirmed today during a lunch meeting of Senate Republicans and is expected to be ratified when the Senate passes a resolution officially...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – The Senate tonight passed a resolution by Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.),  Chairman and Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, commending the four American public servants who died in Benghazi, Libya, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, for their tireless...
  • U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Dick Lugar made the following statement on the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, who served on his staff as a Pearson Fellow: “I was deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and other American diplomatic personnel in Libya.  My thoughts and prayers are with...
  • Bill Would Force Keystone Construction Permit in 60 Days, Lugar – Hoeven – Vitter introduce bill U.S. Senators introduced legislation today to force the Obama Administration to issue a construction permit for the Keystone XL pipeline in 60 days. “Jobs will be created right away and billions of dollars in investment will be...
  • UNDP Making Transparency Progress, Lugar Says U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today lauded the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for taking the initial steps to ensure greater public scrutiny of its spending activities. Lugar said the UNDP’s new open-data portal,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...