Ranking Member's Press

September 20, 2011

Kerry Announces New Foreign Relations Committee Staff Director, Deputy Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, today announced that he has hired William Danvers, an expert in international affairs, to be staff director of the Committee. "I'm excited that Bill has agreed to serve as Staff Director at such an important time for American foreign policy and a critical period for the Senate and our role in global challenges," said Sen. Kerry. "I've known Bill a long time, and he brings with him decades of experience… Continue Reading


August 18, 2011

Kerry Statement on Assad

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued a statement today as the Obama Administration and countries in the region ratcheted up the pressure on the Assad regime in Syria: "It's obvious that the best thing for the Syrian people is for President Assad to step aside and allow a peaceful transition. He missed an historic opportunity for a new relationship with the west and economic transformation for Syria. Now, with no end in sight to the regime's bruta… Continue Reading


July 27, 2011

Kerry Introduces Legislation To Authorize and Strengthen The State Department And U.S. Diplomacy

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today introduced the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2012-13, which authorizes vital programs and initiatives to support key diplomatic and foreign policy priorities around the world and demonstrates Congress' strong commitment to supporting the U.S. Foreign Service corps and development professionals. The legislation provides resources to support all aspects of the State Department's diplomatic m… Continue Reading


July 21, 2011

Statement By Senators Kerry and McCain On Egypt’s Upcoming Elections

Washington D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement regarding Egypt's upcoming elections: "We are disappointed that Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has decided to prohibit international monitors from observing the country's upcoming elections. These elections are an essential step in Egypt's transition to the genui… Continue Reading


July 21, 2011

Chairman Kerry Statement At Nomination Hearing For Ambassador To South Korea

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) submitted a statement on U.S.-South Korean relations at the nomination hearing for Ambassador Sung Kim to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. Chairman Kerry has been a consistent advocate for strengthening the U.S.-South Korea alliance, passing and implementing the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, and working with South Korea to adopt a more vigorous diplomatic strategy to address the growi… Continue Reading


July 14, 2011

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Sudan Hearing

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) this morning held a hearing on "Two New Sudans: A Roadmap Forward" with Ambassador Princeton Lyman, United States Special Envoy for Sudan. "Both of these nations are fragile, and they will remain that way until they reach an agreement that allows them to live separately but work together. Sudan and South Sudan share more than a poorly defined border and a bloody history. They share traditions of migration that must b… Continue Reading


July 09, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The Independence Of The Republic Of South Sudan

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement congratulating the Republic of South Sudan on its independence: "Today the world witnessed the birth of new nation, and I am pleased to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the people of the Republic of South Sudan on this historic day. But while we celebrate their moment, we must also recognize that North and South Sudan have yet to achieve the kind of peace that will … Continue Reading


July 05, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The Nomination Of Wendy Sherman For Under Secretary Of State

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) praised President Obama's intention to nominate Ambassador Wendy Sherman for the position of Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs: "Wendy Sherman is a terrific choice to become the State Department's third-ranking official," said Chairman Kerry. "I've had the pleasure of knowing and working with Wendy for many years and she will bring the right intelligence, diligence, and broad experience to this critical … Continue Reading


June 29, 2011

Chairman Kerry On Burma Special Envoy

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) submitted a hearing statement on U.S. Burma policy at the nomination hearing for Derek Mitchell to be the Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma. Chairman Kerry was an original co-sponsor of the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act of 2008 that created this special envoy position for Burma. He and the then-Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Howard Berman (D-CA) wrote to Se… Continue Reading


June 28, 2011

Chairman Kerry: Committee Passes Libya Resolution with Strong Bipartisan Support

Washington, DC - This afternoon, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved 14-5 a bipartisan joint resolution authorizing the limited use of United States Armed Forces in support of the NATO mission in Libya. After the vote, Chairman Kerry released the following statement: "Today the Committee came together in the spirit of bipartisanship to approve a resolution authorizing the limited use of our Armed Forces in Libya. In doing so, the Committee demonstrated to the world, and in particula… Continue Reading


June 28, 2011

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing On Libya and War Powers

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) held a hearing with the State Department's legal adviser and outside experts to examine Libya and the War Powers Resolution. This afternoon, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider a bipartisan resolution authorizing the limited use of the United States Armed Forces in support of the NATO mission in Libya. The full text of Chairman Kerry's statement, as prepared, is below: We're here this … Continue Reading


June 28, 2011

Chairman Kerry On Kyrgyzstan’s Democratic Transition

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) submitted a floor statement marking the one-year anniversary of Kyrgyzstan's constitutional referendum establishing Central Asia's first parliamentary democracy. "Kyrgyzstan stands at a crossroads," said Chairman Kerry. "Over the past year, we have witnessed some progress, with credible parliamentary elections in October, the formation of a government in December, and a more vibrant media and political… Continue Reading


June 23, 2011

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing With Secretary Clinton On Afghanistan and Pakistan

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) held a hearing with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to assess U.S. policy and progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The full text of Chairman Kerry's statement, as prepared, is below: It's a great pleasure to welcome Secretary Clinton back to the Committee. I know you're just back from South America and we appreciate your willingness to take time from your incredibly busy schedule to join us. Your l… Continue Reading


June 22, 2011

Kerry Statement On The President’s Afghanistan Speech

Washington, DC - Following President Obama's speech on Afghanistan, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement: "The President correctly laid out the next phase of our strategy in Afghanistan -- a transition to Afghan control that begins by redeploying the 33,000 surge troops starting next month and ending next summer, and puts the Afghans in complete control by 2014. In doing so, he kept the commitment he made to the American people 18 months … Continue Reading


June 21, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The Passing Of Yelena Georgievna Bonner

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement on the passing of Yelena Georgievna Bonner, a globally recognized advocate for human rights and wife of Nobel Laureate Andrei Sakharov: "I want to mark the passing of an extraordinary Massachusetts resident, Yelena Georgievna Bonner. In the 1970's and 1980's, Ms. Bonner and her husband, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Andrei Sakharov, stood against the repressive practices of the Soviet st… Continue Reading


June 21, 2011

Kerry, McCain Introduce Libya Resolution

Washington, DC ­- Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today introduced a bipartisan joint resolution authorizing the limited use of United States Armed Forces in Libya. Cosponsors include, Senators Levin, Kyl, Durbin, Feinstein, Graham, Lieberman, Blunt, and Cardin. The resolution authorizes President Obama to continue the limited use of U.S. Armed Forces in Liby… Continue Reading


June 21, 2011

Kerry Goes To Senate Floor To Announce Bipartisan Resolution On Libya

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) went to the floor of the United States Senate to announce the introduction of a bipartisan joint resolution authorizing the limited use of United States Armed Forces in Libya. The full text of Chairman Kerry's speech, as prepared, is below: Today I join my friend Senator McCain and several other senators in introducing a resolution that will authorize President Obama to continue the limited use of U.S.… Continue Reading


June 21, 2011

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing for Ambassadors to Egypt, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, and Kazakhstan

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) held a nomination hearing for Ambassadors to Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, and Kazakhstan. The full text of his statement as prepared is below: We are here this morning to consider ambassadorial nominations to five important countries: Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Kazakhstan. We will begin with Anne Patterson, the President's choice to represent the United States in Egyp… Continue Reading


June 09, 2011

Chairman Kerry On Situation in Abyei And The Impending Independence of Southern Sudan

Washington, DC - One month from today, Southern Sudan is expected to become an independent country. What should be a moment for celebration is in danger of disintegrating into conflict and instability that can rob North and South Sudan alike of a brighter future that is within their grasp. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement on the situation: "We are now one month away from Southern Sudan's independence. In January, I was privileged to… Continue Reading


June 08, 2011

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Nomination Hearing For Ambassador To Afghanistan

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) held a nomination hearing for Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker to be Ambassador to Afghanistan. The full text of his statement as prepared is below: This morning we are here to consider President Obama's nominee for ambassador to Afghanistan, and we are fortunate that the President has chosen one of America's most experienced and able diplomats to serve in Kabul. It gives me great pleasure to once again wel… Continue Reading

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