Ranking Member's Press

June 19, 2012

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves U.S.-Israel Legislation; Resolutions, Ambassadorial Nominations

Washington, DC - At a business meeting led by Chairman John Kerry this afternoon, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved S. 2165, the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute, legislation sponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 62 Senators. The bill reinforces the strong security bonds between the United States and Israel and underscores the need for continuing security coo… Continue Reading


June 14, 2012

“24 Star” Military Witnesses Voice Strong Support for Law of the Sea Treaty

WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today chaired a hearing entitled "The Law of the Sea Convention: Perspectives from the U.S. Military" featuring witness testimony from six high ranking military officials - four Admirals and two Generals - all urging ratification of the treaty. "There's a reason every living Chief of Naval Operations supports U.S. accession to the Law of the Sea," said Chairman Kerry. "They know the United States needs the Treaty's… Continue Reading


June 12, 2012

Kerry Responds to Beating of Cuban Dissident After Testifying to Foreign Relations Committee

Kerry Responds to Beating of Cuban Dissident After Testifying to Foreign Relations Committee Washington, DC - Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today after news reports of the detention and beating of a Cuban dissident who testified last week via teleconference before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics. "A number of Cuban citizens have demonstrated tremendo… Continue Reading


May 24, 2012

Kerry on Egypt Elections

Washington, DC -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today issued the following statement in response to the ongoing elections in Egypt: "Despite some minor irregularities, reports so far indicate that the voting process has been free, fair, and peaceful. That speaks volumes about the resilience of the Egyptian people after a year of economic and political turmoil. "We do not yet know the winner, but we know that person starts off with a steep hill to climb, with const… Continue Reading


May 24, 2012

Kerry Statement Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Ivory and Insecurity: The Global Implications of Poaching in Africa

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following statement at a hearing that analyzed the global implications of poaching in Africa. "Yes, we have a lot of urgent, everyday problems that consume our politics-- deficits, unemployment, terror-challenges we know too well and numerous enough to make anyone dizzy," said Sen. Kerry. "But history reminds us we never have the right to turn our backs on the values that define us. It is … Continue Reading


May 24, 2012

Kerry on Conviction, Sentencing of Dr. Shakil Afridi

Washington, DC -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today issued the following statement in response to the conviction of Dr. Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor who assisted the United States in locating Osama bin Laden. Dr. Afridi was found guilty of treason by a Pakistani court and sentenced to serve 33 years in prison. "Americans will have great difficulty knowing that one year after the United States found and killed the most notorious terrorist in modern history h… Continue Reading


May 23, 2012

Kerry Statement on The Law of the Sea Convention: The U.S. National Security and Strategic Imperatives for Ratification

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following statement at a hearing that analyzed the U.S. national security and strategic imperatives for ratifying the Law of the Sea Convention (Treaty Doc. 103-39) with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, serving as witnesses. "Some may ask why now, why consider a Treaty that's been untou… Continue Reading


May 10, 2012

Kerry Statement Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on NATO: the Chicago Summit and Beyond

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following statement at a hearing that assessed the current state of NATO and its long-term objectives following the 2012 NATO Summit. "One thing is pretty clear about NATO - it has already confounded its skeptics," said Sen. Kerry. "From Bosnia to Kosovo, from Afghanistan to Libya, the Alliance has demonstrated an ability to adapt to the post-Cold War security environment. Obviously we'… Continue Reading


April 27, 2012

Chairman Kerry on Former President of Liberia Charles Taylor

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today issued the following statement: "These events are important because they should send a chilling message to war criminals that they can't operate with impunity. Charles Taylor is at last being punished and held accountable for his role in the murder, rape, and mutilation of untold numbers of men, women, and children in Sierra Leone, and now President Obama's Atrocities Prevention Board will lead the U.S. effort… Continue Reading


April 19, 2012

Bi-Partisan Kerry-Boozman Legislation Would Help Bring Kony, War Criminals to Justice

Washington, D.C. ­- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today introduced bipartisan legislation to expand and modernize the existing Department of State Rewards Program. This legislation (S. 2318) would provide the State Department with valuable tools to help bring to justice those accused of committing mass atrocities-such as Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony-or engaging in transnational organized crime, including intellectual property rights piracy,… Continue Reading


April 19, 2012

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement at Hearing on Syria Options

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following statement at a hearing that assessed the United States' role and policy options in Syria. "Bashar al-Assad has lost all governing legitimacy except what is at the barrel of a gun or tank - both at home and abroad. If he simply maintained the status quo, it would be not just a moral outrage but also a severe blow to the democratic aspirations of the Middle East." The full tex… Continue Reading


April 14, 2012

Chairman Kerry on UN Security Council Vote

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement after the UN Security Council today unanimously passed a resolution condemning violence by the Syrian Government against its people and authorizing the deployment of monitors to Syria: "If the Assaad government had misled itself into believing that they had an escape hatch in China and Russia, they had better start thinking anew. Passage of this Security Council Resolution puts the Sy… Continue Reading


April 12, 2012

Chairman Kerry on North Korea’s Attempted Rocket Launch

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) tonight issued the following statement after North Korea attempted to launch a rocket with an attached satellite into space. "Never before has so much been put in jeopardy for so little. This failure to launch should be a moment of reconsideration and introspection for the North Koreans. No one in the world, including North Korea's allies, believed this was just an attempt to launch a satellite and no one will accept… Continue Reading


March 16, 2012

Chairman Kerry on the DPRK Satellite Launch

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today issued the following statement in response to the DPRK announcement that it plans to launch a satellite to celebrate the Great Leader's 100th birthday: "This wouldn't be a move in the real interests of the DPRK and it's troubling. It certainly violates the spirit of the commitments the DPRK made just last month in Beijing, and would seriously undermine the credibility of its pledge to cooperate with the United… Continue Reading


March 15, 2012

Chairman Kerry on the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement’s Entry-Into-Force

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today issued the following statement on the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement's Entry-Into-Force: "The KORUS FTA's entry-into-force reflects solid bipartisan support among Americans for balanced trade agreements with strong labor, environmental, and IP protections. I look forward to the Administration building on this momentum to bring a high-standard TPP trade agreement to completion. Now more than ever, our ability… Continue Reading


March 15, 2012

Chairman Kerry Statement at Hearing on Sudan

Chairman Kerry Statement at Hearing on Sudan Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following statement at a hearing to examine the oil dispute between Sudan and South Sudan, humanitarian access in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, the potential for progress in Darfur, and developments in South Sudan since its independence. "We can and must continue to put our shoulder to this wheel, even as we acknowledge that the fate of … Continue Reading


March 01, 2012

Chairman Kerry on the Return of American NGO Workers from Egypt

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today issued the following statement after it was announced that seven American NGO workers are returning home from Egypt following the Egyptian government's decision to lift their travel restrictions: "The release of these Americans helps defuse a crisis that was jeopardizing America's assistance with Egypt's democratic transition at a particularly volatile moment. Building a vibrant civil society in Egypt is integr… Continue Reading


March 01, 2012

Chairman Kerry Statement at Hearing on Crisis in Syria

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following statement at a hearing to assess the situation in Syria and all the international options available to address the crisis. "I am convinced the Assad regime is doomed. But the longer the endgame, the messier the aftermath. The prospect of a full-fledged sectarian civil war is a stark reminder that a terrible situation could become still much worse, with potentially devastating co… Continue Reading


February 28, 2012

Chairman Kerry Statement at Hearing on Foreign Affairs Budget

Washington, DC - This afternoon, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following statement at a hearing on national security and the foreign policy priorities in President Obama's 2013 international affairs budget. "Our international affairs budget is a smart investment that yields outsized returns and saves us money over the long haul," said Chairman Kerry. "There's nothing conservative about starving our foreign policy budget of a billion dollars today on… Continue Reading


February 16, 2012

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Resolution Condemning Violence by Government of Syria Against the Syrian People

Washington, D.C. ­- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today passed by unanimous voice vote a resolution condemning violence by the Government of Syria against its people. Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Committee, will seek to expedite its passage today by the full U.S. Senate. "Today's resolution underscores the strong commitment of the members of our committee to make clear as soon as possible our condemnation of the violence in Syria. Senators Casey and Rubio should be particula… Continue Reading

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