Ranking Member's Press

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


June 08, 2011

Foreign Relations Committee Releases Comprehensive Report on U.S. Civilian Aid in Afghanistan

Washington, DC - As part of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's ongoing efforts to examine progress in Afghanistan, Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released a report that evaluates how the United States is spending civilian assistance in Afghanistan. The United States currently spends more on aid to Afghanistan than any other country. With the upcoming transition to an Afghan security lead in 2014 and the increased responsibilities U.S. civilians will absorb from the military, there is a c… Continue Reading


June 04, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The Passing Of Lawrence Eagleburger

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement after learning of the passing of former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger: "Lawrence Eagleburger was one of America's finest diplomats, the first career Foreign Service Officer to rise through the ranks to become Secretary of State. He served his country and five presidents with distinction and honor for more than 40 years and I join his family and friends in mourning his passing … Continue Reading


June 03, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The 30th Anniversary Of HIV/AIDS

Washington, DC - On June 5, 1981, AIDS was first reported by clinicians at the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In recognition of the 30-year struggle to combat the disease, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement: "For three decades, the world has battled HIV/AIDS. Once, a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS was seen as a death sentence. Now, with new weapons in our arsenal and better treatment and understanding of the disease, people diag… Continue Reading


June 02, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The Murder Of Pakistani Journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement on the death of Syed Saleem Shahzad, the Asia Times Online's Pakistan Bureau Chief: "I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear about the recent abduction and murder of reporter Syed Saleem Shahzad. His reporting on critical national security and intelligence issues helped shed light on the difficult challenges confronting the region. His death is a blow to Pakistan's fragile democracy … Continue Reading


May 26, 2011

Chairman Kerry On The Capture Of Ratko Mladic

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement today after the announcement by President Tadic of Serbia that Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb General accused of overseeing the massacre at Srebrenica and other atrocities, had been captured and would be turned over to the international war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague: "Ratko Mladic's capture is welcome news not only to the survivors of the horrors he helped c… Continue Reading


May 26, 2011

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Nomination Hearing For Ambassador To China

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) held a nomination hearing for Gary Locke to be Ambassador to the People's Republic of China. The full text of his statement as prepared is below: Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider the nomination of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to serve as our nation's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China. This is an important post. If confirmed by the Senate, Secretary Locke will join… Continue Reading


May 24, 2011

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Nomination Hearing For Deputy Secretary Of State

Washington, DC - This afternoon, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) held a nomination hearing for William J. Burns to be Deputy Secretary of State. The full text of his statement as prepared is below: I am pleased to welcome Ambassador William Burns, an outstanding public servant who has been nominated by the President to be Deputy Secretary of State. I understand that Bill's wife Lisa Ann Carty, and his two daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah, are also in attendance. … Continue Reading


May 24, 2011

Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing Titled “Al Qaeda, The Taliban, And Other Extremist Groups In Afghanistan and Pakistan”

Washington, D.C. - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) chaired a hearing to examine the current threat posed by Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan and to analyze the capabilities and intent of other international terrorist groups operating in the region. The full text of Chairman Kerry's statement as prepared is below: We are once again joined by an exceptional panel of experts for the fifth in a series of hearings on Afghanistan and Pa… Continue Reading

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