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  • Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Republican Leader on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will tell Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a committee hearing tomorrow that the Obama Administration must re-orient its policies in Afghanistan and Pakistan to eliminate “nation building” in Afghanistan, focus on counter terrorism...
  • Senator Richard Lugar, Republican Leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following statement at the hearing to consider the nomination of Kenneth Fairfax to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan: I would like to welcome all our nominees on the second panel.  I would like, in particular, to recognize Kenneth...
  • Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement at a hearing for the nominations of the new American Ambassadors to Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Kazakhstan: Americans were moved by the power and speed of Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution and by the...
  • Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following opening statement on the nomination of Ryan Crocker to be Ambassador to Afghanistan: I join the Chairman in welcoming our distinguished nominee.  Ambassador Crocker has returned from his well-earned retirement to again apply his...
  • I join the Chairman in welcoming Secretary Locke.  The post for which he is nominated is one of the most difficult and complex in the entire Federal government.  I appreciate this opportunity to express our views about the priorities of the U.S.-Chinese relationship and learn about the nominee’s vision. China’s global leverage...
  • Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following opening statement at the nomination hearing of William J. Burns to be Deputy Secretary of State: I join the Chairman in welcoming Ambassador Burns once again to the Foreign Relations Committee.  Ambassador Burns is a good friend...
  • Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement at a committee hearing: Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for calling this hearing, the fifth in a series on Afghanistan and Pakistan.  I join you in welcoming our distinguished witnesses.  Like the Chairman, I remain...
  • Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following letter to President Obama regarding American involvement in the civil war in...
  • Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement before the committee received testimony from Gen. James L. Jones, who most recently served as National Security Advisor to President Obama: Our recent hearings have underscored the importance of Pakistan to numerous U.S....
  • Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following series of questions to the Obama Administration one week before the deadline expires for the required Congressional authorization for U.S. military action in the Libyan civil war. “We are nearing the end of the second month...
  • Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday introduced legislation that would lead to the establishment of the “Haitian-American Enterprise Fund,” to focus on strengthening the private sector and promoting job creation in post-earthquake Haiti. In a recent letter to Senator...
  • Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following opening statement at a committee hearing on Libya:  I thank the Chairman for holding this important hearing and join him in welcoming back Deputy Secretary Steinberg.  The Committee sought a witness from the Defense...
  • Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a senior member of the Agriculture Committee, today called for immediate hearings “on the potential  impact of the free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea on America’s farmers and ranchers.” Co-signing the...
  • Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,. Made the following opening statement today at a hearing before the committee: Afghanistan has undeniable symbolic importance and can still be a source of threats to U.S. security.  The question before us is whether Afghanistan is important enough to...
  • Senator Dick Lugar is scheduled to appear on CNN’s John King, USA this evening to discuss President Obama's lack of a plan for Afghanistan and issues facing U.S.-Pakistan relations. The show airs from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST.  Clips from the episode will be available at http://johnkingusa.blogs.cnn.com/. ###
  • U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar is scheduled to appear on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, May 8, 2011, to discuss Libya, Pakistan and the Middle East. The show airs from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Eastern and again from Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern.  The entire episode will be available at http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/state.of.the.union/.  ###
  • Senator Dick Lugar is scheduled to appear live at 1:00 p.m. today on Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC to discuss Libya, Pakistan and the Middle East. Lugar will appear at 1:00 p.m. EST.  Clips from the episode will be available at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29974370/.  ###
  • Senator Dick Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging her approval of the construction of the Keystone oil pipeline across the Canadian border to refineries in the United States. The Indiana State Senate passed a resolution supporting the pipeline, and...
  • Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today said, “President Obama must be forthcoming on a definition of success in Afghanistan based on U.S. vital interests and a sober analysis of what is possible to achieve.”  Lugar said that “with al Qaeda largely displaced from the...
  • Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement Sunday evening regarding the death of Osama bin Laden: The reported death of Osama bin Laden is welcome news, but it in no way eliminates the threat from the terrorism he espoused.  This is another reminder that Americans...