Ranking Member's Press

August 20, 2010

Following Meeting With Chairman Kerry, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan Pledges To Allow Anti-Corruption Units to Operate Independently

Washington, DC - Following a meeting on Friday in Kabul with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John F. Kerry (D-MA), President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan pledged to allow two Afghan anti-corruption units to operate independently and free of political influence. The two organizations, the Major Crimes Task Force and the Sensitive Investigative Unit, were involved earlier this month in the arrest of a Karzai administration official in connection with a corruption investigation. Both gr… Continue Reading


August 20, 2010

Chairman Kerry On The Resumption Of Direct Middle East Peace Negotiations

Washington, DC -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement after today's announcement that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas intend to resume direct talks in September: "I applaud today's announcement by Secretary Clinton and Senator Mitchell that direct peace negotiations between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas will begin in Washington on September 2. A viable two-state solution is … Continue Reading


August 10, 2010

Chairman Kerry On The Arrest Of Abu Bakar Bashir

Washington, DC -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement in response to the arrest of Abu Bakar Bashir, alleged lead role in a terrorist group affiliated with Al Qaeda: "I applaud the work of the Indonesian police, prosecutors, and intelligence agencies for arresting Abu Bakar Bashir. Bashir is believed to lead the notorious terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, an affiliate of Al Qaeda which is responsible for such atrocities as the killing of … Continue Reading


August 05, 2010

Chairman Kerry On The Constitutional Referendum In Kenya

Washington, DC -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement in response to yesterday's constitutional referendum in Kenya: "Yesterday's referendum on the new constitution in Kenya was an important step forward for the nation's democratic process. Provisional results and statements by Kenyan leaders indicate the referendum will probably pass. While we are still waiting for official results, I support the thousands of Kenyan citizens who participa… Continue Reading


August 03, 2010

Chairman Kerry Introduces Legislation To Create A Professional Exchange Program With Muslim-Majority Countries

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) introduced the International Professional Exchange Act of 2010, which will establish a two-way professional exchange program between the United States and select Muslim-majority countries to promote career development and cross-cultural understanding for young to mid-career professionals. During his speech in Cairo last year, President Obama called for a new beginning between the United States and the world's Muslim… Continue Reading


August 03, 2010

Chairman Kerry: Vote On New START Treaty To Be Held Following The August Recess

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the follow statement after announcing that a vote on the New START Treaty would be rescheduled: "Today I informed members of the Foreign Relations Committee that a vote on the New START Treaty will be rescheduled for after the August recess. This was in response to requests from some colleagues for more time to review materials concerning the treaty's ratification, including reports from the Armed Services a… Continue Reading


August 03, 2010

Chairman Kerry On The Historic Flooding in Pakistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to the worst floods in Pakistan's history, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today issued the following statement: "I offer my deepest sympathy to the victims of the deadly floods which have afflicted northwest Pakistan this week. Over 1,400 people have died and an estimated three million people have been affected so far according to U.N. estimates, most of them in areas that have suffered years of Taliban violence and decades of econom… Continue Reading


July 30, 2010

Kerry, Lugar Call For Pakistani-American Enterprise Fund

Washington, D.C.- Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) introduced legislation yesterday, S. 3665, that will lead to the establishment of the "Pakistani-American Enterprise Fund," to focus on strengthening the private sector in Pakistan using existing funds from the Kerry-Lugar-Berman aid package passed by Congress last year. The legislation will help empower Pakistan's private sector to create jobs, which will contribute toward increasing econo… Continue Reading


July 29, 2010

Kerry, Lugar call for Pakistani-American Enterprise Fund

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Dick Lugar (R-IN) and John Kerry (D-MA) introduced legislation today, S. 3665, that would lead to the establishment of the "Pakistan-American Enterprise Fund," to focus on strengthening the private sector in Pakistan using existing funds from the Kerry-Lugar-Berman aid package passed by Congress last year. The legislation will help to empower Pakistan's private sector to create jobs, which will contribute toward increasing economic growth and stability. The Fund i… Continue Reading


July 26, 2010

Chairman Kerry On Cambodia Tribunal Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement today in response to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia's (ECCC) sentencing of Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, to 19 years in prison: "Today's sentencing helps deliver an important message that we must steadfastly pursue justice for the victims of the world's most horrific crimes. The conviction of the head of the Khmer Rouge's most infamous prison represents a… Continue Reading


July 25, 2010

Statement By Chairman Kerry On Leaked Documents On Afghanistan And Pakistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement this evening in response to the New York Times story on the leak of classified documents concerning Afghanistan and Pakistan: "However illegally these documents came to light, they raise serious questions about the reality of America's policy toward Pakistan and Afghanistan. Those policies are at a critical stage and these documents may very well underscore the stakes and make the… Continue Reading


July 20, 2010

Key Democratic Senators Support Obama Administration’s Decision To Move Forward On U.S.-Korea Trade

Washington, D.C.---Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), East Asia and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Jim Webb (D-VA), Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Mark Begich (D-AK), along with five Democratic senators, today endorsed the President's call for a prompt resolution of outstanding issues to the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA). In a letter to President Obama, the senators argue that it is in the economic and security interests of the Un… Continue Reading


July 15, 2010

Senate Foreign Relations Committee To Hold Hearing On Lockerbie Bombing

Washington, DC -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today announced that the Committee will hold a public hearing on July 29th on the circumstances surrounding last year's release of Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi, the Libyan official who was convicted of orchestrating the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988. "I opposed Megrahi's release on medical grounds last year as a travesty and the details that have emerged in recent days in the press have raised new concerns,… Continue Reading


July 15, 2010

George Shultz And Sam Nunn Urge Ratification Of The New START Treaty

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today welcomed a letter co-written by former Secretary of State George Shultz and former Senator Sam Nunn who strongly endorsed the New START Treaty and called for its expeditious ratification. Shultz and Nunn also sent an identical letter to Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN). Shultz and Nunn wrote: "Noting the full support of the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and… Continue Reading


July 14, 2010

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Releases Volumes Of Previously Classified Transcripts From Vietnam Era Hearings

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chairman John Kerry and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are releasing more than 1,000 pages of previously classified testimony and transcripts from closed hearings in 1967 and 1968, a tumultuous period in U.S. history that echoes many of the issues confronting the country today. In authorizing release of the declassified material, Senator Kerry said: "These transcripts and testimony were selected because they shed light on an important period of American history and al… Continue Reading


July 12, 2010

Chairman Kerry: Haiti Six Months Later

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the sixth month anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement: "As we pause today to remember the lives lost and communities devastated as a result of the terrible earthquake in Haiti, we must also assess what we have done for the recovery process and how we can do better. Frankly, the results are mixed. Although the initial rescue effort was commendable for its quick response, the recon… Continue Reading


July 07, 2010

National Security Experts Disagree With Mitt Romney Ratification Of The New START Treaty Will Strengthen America’s Security

Washington, D.C.--- By opposing ratification of the New START Treaty in an op-ed in yesterday's Washington Post, Mitt Romney puts himself at odds with the vast majority of Republican and Democrat foreign policy and national security experts who have stated unequivocally that the New START Treaty will enhance America's security. Mitt Romney must know something about nuclear nonproliferation and arms control that START supporters Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of … Continue Reading


July 07, 2010

Kerry: New-START will improve our nation's security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) authored the following op-ed in today's Washington Post titled "How New-START will improve our nation's security." The full text of the op-ed is below: How New-START will improve our nation's security By John Kerry July 7, 2010 Even in these polarized times, anyone seeking the presidency should know that the security of the United States is too important to be treated as fodder for political posturing. Sadly, f… Continue Reading


July 01, 2010

Kerry and Lugar: GAO Study on Workforce Gaps at USAID Reaffirms Urgent Need to Reform Agency

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) report emphasizing the need for comprehensive strategic planning to meet workforce needs at USAID, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN), who authored the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009 to help address USAID's gaps in capacity, today issued the following statements: "The strength of USAID lies with its people, officers who … Continue Reading


July 01, 2010

Kerry and Lugar: GAO Study on Workforce Gaps at USAID Reaffirms Urgent Need to Reform Agency

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) report emphasizing the need for comprehensive strategic planning to meet workforce needs at USAID, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN), who authored the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009 to help address USAID's gaps in capacity, today issued the following statements: "The strength of USAID lies with its people, officers who … Continue Reading

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