Ranking Member's Press

March 05, 2013

Corker Statement on Death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement on the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. "Following the death of Hugo Chavez, it is my hope that all Venezuelans will have the opportunity to fully exercise their political rights, including freedom of expression and assembly, in fully free and fair constitutionally-mandated elections and build a more prosperous future for their country," said Cork… Continue Reading

March 01, 2013

Corker Calls for Fiscally Responsible FY ’14 International Affairs Budget to Advance U.S. Economic & Security Interests

WASHINGTON - In a letter today to the Senate Budget Committee, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for a fiscal year 2014 international affairs budget that advances "core U.S. economic and security interests," while also emphasizing "the dire fiscal situation of the United States government and the need to reduce federal spending." He asked the committee to ensure the international affairs budget lives within new limits set by seque… Continue Reading

February 26, 2013

Corker & Inhofe Wall Street Journal Op-ed: 'Nuclear Zero' Offers Nothing Worth Having

February 25, 2013, 7:07 p.m. ET 'Nuclear Zero' Offers Nothing Worth Having The president not only wants to cut missiles, he also is neglecting a promised modernization program. By BOB CORKER AND JIM INHOFE President Obama has repeatedly identified nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism as key dangers to the United States and its allies. His analysis is correct, but that cannot be said about the centerpiece of his response: declaring America's commitment to eliminate its own nuclear weap… Continue Reading

February 25, 2013

Corker: Senate Resolution Condemns North Korea Nuclear Test, Calls for Additional Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement after unanimous Senate passage of a resolution condemning North Korea's recent nuclear test, which violated numerous international agreements and poses real dangers to regional and global security. "North Korea's recent nuclear and missile tests pose real dangers for regional and global security and will not go unchallenged by the United States or the inter… Continue Reading

February 20, 2013

Corker Returns from Trip to North and West Africa, Says International Coordination Needed to Confront Terrorist Threat to Region

WASHINGTON - At the conclusion of a trip to Senegal, Mali, Algeria and Tunisia today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said confronting the terrorist threat to the region requires international coordination. "It goes without saying that the security situation in North Africa has substantially deteriorated in recent months. The flow of weapons from Libya has armed terrorists in the region and destabilized at least one government. An incr… Continue Reading

February 19, 2013

Corker Statement on Resignation of Tunisian Prime Minister

TUNIS, Tunisia - Following meetings today with the president of Tunisia and other senior leaders of major Tunisian political parties, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement regarding the resignation of Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali. "The United States strongly supports the people of Tunisia and their desire to form a constitutional republic based on the core values of democracy and political and religious … Continue Reading

January 22, 2013

Corker to be Named Ranking Member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee Today

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., will be the lead Republican or "ranking member" of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the 113th Congress. Corker's appointment will be confirmed today during a lunch meeting of Senate Republicans and is expected to be ratified when the Senate passes a resolution officially organizing committees in the coming days. As ranking member, Corker will work with the chairman to represent the interests of his Republican colleagues and help carry out… Continue Reading

September 13, 2012

Lugar, Kerry Resolution Honoring Ambassador Stevens, Other Victims and Condemning Libya Violence Passes Senate Tonight

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate tonight passed a resolution by Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, commending the four American public servants who died in Benghazi, Libya, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, for their tireless efforts on behalf of the American people. The resolution, S.Res.551, also condemned the violent attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi. "The deaths of Am… Continue Reading

September 12, 2012

Lugar Statement on Death of Ambassador Chris Stevens

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Dick Lugar made the following statement on the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, who served on his staff as a Pearson Fellow: "I was deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and other American diplomatic personnel in Libya. My thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones. "Ambassador Stevens served on my Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff as a State Department detailee in 2006 and 2007. I benefitted gre… Continue Reading

November 30, 2011

Lugar - Bill Would Force Keystone Construction Permit in 60 Days

Bill Would Force Keystone Construction Permit in 60 Days, Lugar - Hoeven - Vitter introduce bill U.S. Senators introduced legislation today to force the Obama Administration to issue a construction permit for the Keystone XL pipeline in 60 days. "Jobs will be created right away and billions of dollars in investment will be unleashed through legislation introduced to permit the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline, the largest infrastructure project ready in the United States, to commence constructi… Continue Reading

November 29, 2011

UNDP Making Transparency Progress, Lugar Says

UNDP Making Transparency Progress, Lugar Says U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today lauded the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for taking the initial steps to ensure greater public scrutiny of its spending activities. Lugar said the UNDP's new open-data portal, http://data.undp.org, allows users to track aid and helps governments in developing countries manage aid more effectively. Data now available online reflect activities i… Continue Reading

November 28, 2011

Lugar: Burma – North Korea Ties Should Be Disclosed

Lugar: Burma - North Korea Ties Should Be Disclosed Following is Senator Lugar's statement regarding developments in Burma. "The United States is appropriately testing the appearance of reforms within Burma. The Congress in 2008 created the position of Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma to explore ways of changing the regime's behavior. President Obama nominated Derek Mitchell in April of 2011 to assume that role. The sincerity with which a wide range of reforms has been… Continue Reading

November 22, 2011

Lugar Welcomes Energy Diplomacy Focus

Lugar Welcomes Energy Diplomacy Focus As a former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and current Ranking Member, U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar has been the Senate's leading advocate for more vigorous energy diplomacy. This week, he welcomed the news that the State Department is finally opening the Bureau of Energy Resources after several years of deliberation. The office is derived from legislation Lugar authored to establish an International Energy Coordinator. The office will be led … Continue Reading

July 20, 2011

Lugar Opening Statement for Western Hemisphere Nomination Hearing

I join the Chairman in welcoming our distinguished nominees. I appreciate this opportunity to examine, not only their credentials, but also current U.S. policy toward Mexico and Guatemala. Over many decades we have taken for granted the benefits of peaceful relationships with bordering countries. Our neighbors have been among our most important trading partners, with Canada currently ranking first in overall trade with the United States and Mexico ranking third. Historically, few great power… Continue Reading

July 14, 2011

Lugar Opening Statement: Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Sudan

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar today delivered the following prepared statement at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Sudan. Thank-you Mr. Chairman. I join you in welcoming back to the Committee our distinguished witness, who has a long record of service to our country and an unsurpassed depth of experience in African affairs. On July 9, 2011, the Republic of South Sudan was declared by its elected government to be independent of the Republic of Sudan. This is a rare modern mileston… Continue Reading

June 28, 2011

Lugar Amendment Rejecting Obama Libyan War Justification Passes, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Asserts War Powers Act

President Obama's assertion that U.S. military engagement in the Libyan civil war did not amount to "hostilities" under the War Powers Act was soundly rejected today by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The committee adopted an amendment proposed by its Republican leader, Senator Richard G. Lugar, that repudiated the legal arguments made earlier in the day by State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh. The amendment establishes that current U.S. military operations in Libya do constitute … Continue Reading

June 28, 2011

Lugar Opposes Obama’s Intervention In Libya’s Civil War

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Republican Leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement at the beginning of the committee "mark-up" on a resolution authorizing United States engagement in the Libyan civil war: Today the Committee will consider perhaps the most important question within its jurisdiction: whether to authorize the President to wage war. We do so at a time when the United States is still engaged in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and our national … Continue Reading

June 23, 2011

Lugar to Propose 5 Amendments Restricting Obama’s Libyan War Powers Resolution

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Republican Leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced today that he will offer five amendments restricting presidential powers when the committee considers next week S.J. Res. 20, which would belatedly authorize President Obama using U.S. forces in the Libyan civil war. Since the beginning of the Libyan war three months ago, Lugar has demanded that President Obama obtain congressional approval as prescribed in the U.S. Constitution, and detailed in… Continue Reading

June 22, 2011

Lugar Says Afghan Troop Withdrawal Not Enough; Mission Must be Narrowed to Counter Terrorism

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Republican Leader on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will tell Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a committee hearing tomorrow that the Obama Administration must re-orient its policies in Afghanistan and Pakistan to eliminate "nation building" in Afghanistan, focus on counter terrorism activities, and ensure the safety of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. Such a strategy, Lugar says, does not require more than 130,000 troops. In previous testimony before the c… Continue Reading

June 21, 2011

Lugar Highlights U.S.-Kazakhstan Nunn-Lugar Cooperation

Senator Richard Lugar, Republican Leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following statement at the hearing to consider the nomination of Kenneth Fairfax to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan: I would like to welcome all our nominees on the second panel. I would like, in particular, to recognize Kenneth Fairfax, who has been nominated by President Obama to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan. I was encouraged to read a recent piece in Foreign Policy b… Continue Reading

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