Ranking Member's Press

March 03, 2011

Lugar Requests Extension on White River Comment Period

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar today wrote a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers requesting a 30 day extension of the comment period for the White River North 3B flood protection and mitigation project. "I have received several letters, email messages and telephone calls in my office from residents of Indianapolis concerned about the structures proposed for this 3B project and the limited 30 day time period they have been given to consider the full ramifications and long-term impact of this proposed fl… Continue Reading


March 02, 2011

Opening Statement State Department Budget Hearing Senator Richard G. Lugar March 2, 2011

I join the Chairman in welcoming Secretary Clinton to the Committee. I look forward to her thoughts on State Department and foreign policy priorities for the coming year. Our hearing today takes place in the context of deep economic uncertainty at home, coupled with extraordinary upheaval overseas. The American people are still suffering from high unemployment, with 9.5 percent out of work in my home state. The fiscal year 2010 budget deficit registered about $1.3 trillion, or 9 percent of G… Continue Reading


March 01, 2011

Lugar Presses Obama Administration on America POW/MIA

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called on the Obama Administration to "forcefully" press North Korea and China on the more than 8,000 Americans still listed as missing from the Korean Conflict more than 50 years ago. "Until May of 2005, the U.S. and North Korea cooperated on a recovery program of the remains of U.S. servicemen," Lugar reported in his opening statement at a committee hearing on North Korea's development of nuclear wea… Continue Reading


March 01, 2011

Lugar Cautions State Department on Spending

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar cautioned the State Department that all requested spending, at this time of economic and fiscal hardship in America, will have to pass the acid test of whether foreign assistance programs contribute to national security and economic development. Lugar met with Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides prior to testimony by Secretary Hilary Clinton on Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where Lugar is ranking member. The Obama Administration has requested Co… Continue Reading


February 16, 2011

Lugar Warns Obama Administration is Making America Vulnerable

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar warned that the Obama Administration is making the United States more vulnerable to oil shortages. In a speech today to the Alliance to Save Energy, Lugar called on the Obama Administration to lift the current off shore drilling ban, and to license the construction of a new Canadian oil pipeline from Alberta. "We must reduce the security and economic vulnerabilities inherent in our over-dependence on foreign oil," said Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Rel… Continue Reading


February 15, 2011

Lugar Blasts EPA Dust Regulations

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar today strongly criticized the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for considering a regulation on farm and rural dust. In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, co-authored with Sen. Kent Conrad and signed by 30 other Senators, Lugar said EPA review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards "for coarse particulate matter," also known as PM10, or just "dust" could be extremely burdensome on farmers and rural communities. "Proposals to lower the standard may not b… Continue Reading


February 15, 2011

Lugar Urges More Action on Internet Freedom

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today urged the Obama Administration to step up its initiatives to ensure freedom of the Internet around the world. "I applaud the continuing efforts of Secretary of State Clinton and everything the Department of State is doing to counter authoritarian governments and their designs to control access to the Internet," Lugar said, remarking on her speech on Internet freedom today. Lugar, however, expressed co… Continue Reading


February 14, 2011

Lugar Statement on North Korean Food Aid

In response to the Obama Administration 's current review of recent North Korean requests for a resumption of U.S. food aid to North Korea Senator Lugar issued the following statement: "Any resumption of U.S. food aid to North Korea should be contingent on North Korea allowing access and accountability by monitors in accordance with international standards. It is essential to ensure that the U.S. assistance is actually received by hungry North Korean children and their families rather than rei… Continue Reading


February 08, 2011

Lugar Calls for Repeal of Jackson-Vanik Trade Restrictions on Moldova

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar today introduced legislation, which would repeal the Cold War-era Jackson-Vanik trade restrictions on Moldovan products and provide impetus for closer U.S. strategic engagement with Moldova. "Moldova has been in compliance with Jackson-Vanik-related concerns for some time now, and repeal of this legislation will provide an important impetus for improving trade relations between the United States and Moldova and advancing Moldova's Western ambitions," Lugar said. Lugar al… Continue Reading


February 08, 2011

Lugar: Failure to Ratify Free Trade Agreements Costing Jobs

Sen. Dick Lugar announced today that "Americans, and especially Hoosiers, are already losing jobs due to the drop in exports to Colombia and Panama because the Obama Administration is not pushing hard enough for renewed free trade agreements with those South American countries." "Because of uncertainty over the future of these trade pacts, Indiana has already seen its exports to Panama drop 14 percent, and fall 12 percent with Colombia," Lugar said. According to the Indiana Business Research C… Continue Reading


January 28, 2011

Nunn-Lugar Update

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar announced the following progress in the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Programsince December. 10 submarine launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) destroyed, 4 nuclear weapons transport train shipments and 61.6 metric tons of chemical weapons agent neutralized. In November 1991, Lugar (R-IN) and Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA) authored the Nunn-Lugar Act, which established the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. This program has provided U.S. funding and expertise to h… Continue Reading


January 24, 2011

Lugar Calls for “Highly Visible” Presidential Initiative on Energy Security

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called on the Obama Administration to shift its attention from the divisive issue of reducing carbon emissions to a comprehensive campaign to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. "The President should say unequivocally that the United States is going to achieve a particular goal or goals related to overcoming our oil dependence," Lugar told the 1st Annual Clean Energy Summit in Washington sp… Continue Reading


January 14, 2011

Lugar to appear on Bloomberg TV's Political Capital

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar is scheduled to appear on Bloomberg TV's Political Capital tonight at 7 p.m. to discuss China and other issues. Additional air times for the Bloomberg TV appearance include Saturday at 12 a.m., 5 a.m., 8 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m.; Sunday at 12 a.m., 5 a.m., 8 a.m., 2 p.m. and on Monday at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.… Continue Reading


January 05, 2011

Lugar's Big Numbers

12,421 Days of Service in Congress12,587 Votes in the Senate98.2% Voting Attendance$5.2 Million Office Funds Returned When Indiana Senator Dick Lugar accompanies former Vice President Dan Quayle of Indiana to witness the swearing in of new Indiana Senator Dan Coats on the floor of the Senate in Washington today for the opening of the 112th Congress, Lugar will become the longest serving Member of Congress in Indiana history. Lugar, who is the most senior Republican in the Senate, will be servi… Continue Reading


December 22, 2010

New START Treaty Passes 71-26

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at the close of Senate debate on the New START Treaty: Mr. President, as the Senate approaches a point of decision on the New START Treaty, I would like to offer a few concluding thoughts. My attitudes towards the enterprise of arms control have been affected by the time I have spent during the last two decades visiting remote areas of Russia in an effort to bolster Nunn-Luga… Continue Reading


December 18, 2010

Senador Lugar vota a favor del proyecto de ley DREAM Act

El Senador Dick Lugar dio a conocer la siguiente declaración después de votar a favor de debatir el proyecto de ley DREAM Act. La moción fracasó 55 a 41. Se requerían sesenta votos. Hoy, voté en apoyo del Senado para debatir el proyecto de ley DREAM Act. Desafortunadamente, la moción fracasó. La ley Dream Act proveería a un grupo selecto de estudiantes que logran los mejores resultados un camino duro, pero justo para la residencia… Continue Reading


December 18, 2010

Lugar Opposes Repeal

Senator Dick Lugar issued the following statement today: Today I opposed legislation to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. I opposed the bill because I am concerned about the impact of lifting "don't ask, "don't tell" on unit cohesion and combat effectiveness, particularly at a time when so many U.S. military personnel are engaged in combat-intensive missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The "don't ask, don't tell" policy continues to be the subject of contentious deb… Continue Reading


December 18, 2010

Lugar Votes for DREAM Act

Senator Dick Lugar issued the following statement after voting in favor of debating the DREAM Act. The motion failed 55-41. Sixty votes were required. Today, I voted in support of the Senate taking up debate on the DREAM Act. Unfortunately, the motion failed. The DREAM Act would provide a select group of high achieving students with a tough, but fair pathway to legal residency. In that way they can serve in our Armed Forces and contribute to the economic future of America. The U.S. Department of… Continue Reading


December 17, 2010

Lugar to appear on This Week on ABC

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar is scheduled to appear on This Week on Sunday, December 19, 2010, to discuss the New START treaty, the Obama administration's Afghanistan war strategy, and the impasse on funding the government. The show airs from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST. The entire episode will be available at http://abcnews.go.com/thisweek. ###… Continue Reading


December 16, 2010

Nunn-Lugar Update

"The Nunn-Lugar program has made possible, through operations of the United States military, United States contractors, working with their counterparts in Russia, the destruction of very sizeable amounts of nuclear weapons. Threats we took very seriously in 1991 and I hope Americans take very seriously currently." U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar took to the floor of the United States Senate for a second day as the Senate works to approve the New START Treaty. Lugar emphasized the urgency of continued co… Continue Reading

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