Ranking Member's Press

October 22, 2010

Nunn-Lugar Update

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar announced the following progress in the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program since August. 48 Strategic nuclear warheads deactivated, 4 Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) destroyed, 16 submarine launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) destroyed, 3 nuclear weapons transport train shipments secured and 68.88 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 … Continue Reading


October 22, 2010

Lugar releases CRS Report on North Korea Sanctions Implementation

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member, released today a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on implementation of sanctions for North Korea. Following renewed interest in sanctions against North Korea in the wake of the sinking of South Korea's Cheonan ship, which killed 46 individuals, Lugar asked the CRS to evaluate the implementation of the U.N. sanctions already in place. In response to the report, Lugar stated: "The CRS report on implementa… Continue Reading


September 30, 2010

Lugar Statement on Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Dick Lugar released the following statement regarding the passage of Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties last evening. I am pleased that last night the Senate unanimously agreed to resolutions of advice and consent to ratification for defense trade cooperation treaties with the United Kingdom and Australia. Earlier this week, legislation I authored to provide necessary authorities to implement the treaties passed both the Senate and the Hou… Continue Reading


September 17, 2010

Lugar Announces New Science Envoys, Receives George Brown Award for International Scientific Cooperation Includes World Food Prize Winner Dr. Ejeta of Purdue University

On September 16, U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar announced three new Science Envoys for the U.S. Department of State while receiving the George Brown Award for International Scientific Cooperation at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Lugar initiated the Science Envoy initiative in April 2009 Dr. Rita Colwell, Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health; Dr. Alice P. Gast, Presid… Continue Reading


August 03, 2010

Lugar warns President against reducing commitment to global HIV/AIDS program

On July 30, the two year anniversary of enactment of legislation on U.S. global leadership against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Dick Lugar wrote President Obama expressing concern about funding being diverted from the program to other parts of the President's global health initiative. Here is the full text of the letter to the President: Two years ago today, Vice President Biden and I were joined by a number of our Republican … 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

Lugar, Kerry 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 "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 to empower Pakistan's private sector to create jobs, which will contribute toward increasing economic growth and stability. The Fund … Continue Reading


July 22, 2010

Nunn-Lugar June 2010 Update

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar announced the following progress in the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program last month. 6 Strategic nuclear warheads deactivated 2 Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) destroyed 6 ICBM mobile launchers destroyed 4 nuclear weapons transport train shipments secured 48 metric tons of Russian chemical weapons agent neutralized During the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the New START Treaty with the Directors of the U.S. nuclear laborato… Continue Reading


July 22, 2010

Lugar calls on President Préval to help attract investment to Haiti

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Dick Lugar today released a report urging President Préval and the Government of Haiti to enact essential business reforms in order to rebuild Haiti. The report, "Without Reform, No Return on Investment in Haiti," is available at http://lugar.senate.gov/issues/foreign/lac/haiti/. "This report highlights the key political and business impediments, which are threatening the reconstruction effort and making Haiti an even less attract… Continue Reading


July 08, 2010

Lugar: Romney Misinformed on New START Treaty

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN), the former Chairman and now Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement: Governor Mitt Romney's hyperbolic attack on the New START Treaty in the July 6 edition of The Washington Post repeats discredited objections and appears unaware of arms control history and context. In advancing these arguments, he rejects the Treaty's unequivocal endorsement by the Defense Department led by Secretary Robert Gates and the Join… 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


July 01, 2010

Lugar Applauds Belated Confirmation of Broadcasting Board of Governors

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar applauded the Senate's confirmation yesterday of the full slate of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The eight-member Board, whose names were sent to the Senate in November 2009, is composed of four Republicans and four Democrats and provides crucial oversight and policy guidance to America's overseas broadcasting entities including the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio/TV Marti, Radio Free Asia and Arabic-language Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa. "This will be the… Continue Reading


June 25, 2010

Senate Passes Lugar bill to permanently authorize Radio Free Asia

The United States Senate unanimously approved U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar's legislation to promote the free dissemination of information in East Asia through the permanent authorization of Radio Free Asia (RFA). Senators Ted Kaufman (D-DE), Al Franken (D-MN), and Dan Inouye (D-HI), Jim Risch (R-ID) and Jim Webb (D-VA) cosponsored the legislation, S. 3104. "The Senate's unanimous approval of this legislation indicates the importance we place on the free flow of information, particularly in countries n… Continue Reading


June 25, 2010

U.S. Senate Passes Kerry-Lugar Resolution On Kyrgyzstan

U.S. Senate Passes Kerry-Lugar Resolution On Kyrgyzstan WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to the crisis in southern Kyrgyzstan, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) today issued the following statements announcing the Senate's unanimous passage of a resolution calling for all parties to refrain from violence and attend to the civilians who have been displaced or injured. "We are saddened by the tragic loss of life in Kyrgyzstan and the… Continue Reading


June 22, 2010

Nunn-Lugar May 2010 Update

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar announced the following progress in the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program last month. 6 Strategic nuclear warheads deactivated 2 Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) destroyed 6 ICBM mobile launchers destroyed 4 nuclear weapons transport train shipments secured 59 metric tons of Russian chemical weapons agent neutralized Earlier this week, Purdue University received a $1.6 million grant under Nunn-Lugar Global to work with three Pakistani i… Continue Reading


June 22, 2010

Statement on J.S. Tissainayagam’s pardon by Senators Kerry, Lugar and Casey

Washington, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, Ranking Member Dick Lugar and Subcommittee Chairman on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., today welcomed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's decision to pardon journalist J.S. Tissainayagam, who had been convicted last year and sentenced to 20 years of hard labor. Mr. Tissainayagam, a respected Sri Lankan Tamil journalist, was convicted under the country's anti-terrorism … Continue Reading


June 10, 2010

Kerry, Lugar Announce Second Series Of Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearings On The New START Treaty

WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-IN) today released a schedule for the second round of hearings on the New START Treaty. The Committee has held five hearings thus far with current and former administration officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, former Secretaries of State James Baker and Henry Kissinge… Continue Reading


May 18, 2010

U.S.-Mexico Drug and Organized Crime Fighting Efforts Making Progress but Still Need Bolstering, New Report Says

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Dick Lugar today released a report on the progress of U.S.-Mexican efforts to defeat organized crime and drug trafficking. The report, "Common Enemy, Common Struggle: Progress in U.S.-Mexican Efforts to Defeat Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking," will be formally published by the Government Printing Office later this week. Lugar will meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderón on Thursday, following the president's address to a joi… Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

Kerry, Lugar Announce Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing Schedule for New START Treaty

WASHINGTON, DC - With the Obama Administration poised to formally submit the New START Treaty to the U.S. Senate for its advice and consent to ratification, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-IN) today released a schedule of upcoming hearings. "We look forward to receiving the New START Treaty and shepherding it through the ratification process. In the coming weeks, we will conduct a series of hearings with administration witness… Continue Reading

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