Ranking Member's Press

December 01, 2010

Chairman Kerry: National Lab Directors “Very Pleased,” And Now The Senate Needs To Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said today that the heads of the nation's three primary nuclear weapons laboratories have declared their support for President Obama's updated, 10-year plan to maintain U.S. nuclear weapons. Senator Kerry welcomed the support and said the verdict from the nation's top nuclear weapons experts should help the Senate move forward in ratifying New START, the arms control agreement with Russia. "This le… Continue Reading


December 01, 2010

Chairman Kerry Marks World AIDS Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in honor of World AIDS Day: "Today, on World AIDS Day, we mourn the millions of people who have lost their lives over the decades at the same time we celebrate all that has been accomplished in the fight against this devastating disease. Within the past year, new HIV prevention breakthroughs have been announced. One of them, microbicides, offers women a means of pr… Continue Reading


November 29, 2010

Chairman Kerry’s Floor Statement On New START

Washington, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today delivered remarks regarding the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) on the Senate floor. Highlights from Chairman Kerry's remarks as prepared for delivery: "Again and again, senior military leaders have said unambiguously that this treaty does not limit our missile defense plans. So, the chief substantive concern about this treaty has been laid to rest." "One of our most solemn responsibili… Continue Reading


November 29, 2010

Chairman Kerry On International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement in recognition of tomorrow's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: "Violence against women is a human rights problem with far-reaching consequences. When women are subjected to violence, whether in the form of trafficking in persons, domestic violence or rape, entire communities suffer. Such acts impose significant barriers to the achievement of our globa… Continue Reading


November 29, 2010

Statement By Chairman Kerry On Leaked State Department Documents

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement in response to the release of classified State Department documents by WikiLeaks: "The release of classified information under these circumstances is a reckless action which jeopardizes lives by exposing raw, contemporaneous intelligence. This is not an academic exercise about freedom of information and it is not akin to the release of the Pentagon Papers, which involved an analys… Continue Reading


November 22, 2010

Chairman Kerry On North Korea’s Nuclear Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In reaction to reports that North Korea has built a new facility to secretly enrich uranium, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement: "Today's troubling report underscores the need for continued close consultations with South Korea and our other partners with the goal of reconvening multilateral talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. North Korea's activities should also prompt the UN to reexamine the ef… Continue Reading


November 19, 2010

Senators Kerry and Lugar Call For Free And Transparent Parliamentary Elections In Moldova

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ahead of the November 28 parliamentary elections in Moldova, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) issued the following statements announcing the Senate's passage of a resolution recognizing Moldova's democratic accomplishments and expressing its support for free and transparent elections: "The people and the government of Moldova have overcome a daunting set of economic and political challenges. The success of thes… Continue Reading


November 17, 2010

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Nomination Hearing For State Department And USAID Nominees

Washington, DC - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) chaired a nomination hearing for Thomas Nides to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, William Brownfield to be Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, and Paige Eve Alexander to be an Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia for the U.S. Agency fo… Continue Reading


November 16, 2010

Secretary Clinton and Senators Kerry and Lugar To Hold Press Availability On New START

Washington, DC- Tomorrow at 9:00 a.m., Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) will hold a press availability to discuss the need for the Senate to approve the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). The availability will take place outside of room S-116 in the U.S. Capitol. New START will advance critical national security objectives: reducing the number of deployed nuclear weapons … Continue Reading


November 16, 2010

Chairman Kerry: “Ratifying New START Is Not A Political Choice, It’s A National Security Imperative”

Washington, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today on ratification of the New START Treaty: "I talked with Senator Kyl today and I do not believe the door is closed to considering New START during the lame duck session. I look forward to continuing to work with Senator Lugar, Senator Kyl, our colleagues, and the Administration to get the New START treaty ratified by the Senate this year. Ratifying New START is not a politica… Continue Reading


November 15, 2010

Chairman Kerry: One Third Of U.S. Civilian Assistance Funding For Pakistan Will Be Used For Flood Recovery

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released a statement following the announcement that the United States will direct one third of Kerry-Lugar-Berman (KLB) funds to help Pakistan recover and rebuild in the aftermath of the flooding that devastated the country earlier this year: "I am pleased the United States will commit $500 million of the first year of Kerry-Lugar-Berman funds - one third of our civilian assistance budget for Pakistan - to … Continue Reading


November 13, 2010

Chairman Kerry On The Release Of Burmese Political Prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi

Washington, DC - Today, Burma freed Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest. The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, she is known worldwide for her courageous championship of democracy and human rights for the people of Burma. Daw Suu, as she is respectfully known in Burma, along with many other leaders of her National League for Democracy (NLD) have been unjustly confined by the military junta that controls Burma for most of the past 20 years. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John… Continue Reading


November 12, 2010

Chairman Kerry On U.S.- Korea Free Trade Agreement

Washington, DC -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement after the United States and Korea failed to reach an agreement on the Korea - U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS): "I know both sides will continue to work round the clock to resolve outstanding issues on the KORUS trade pact, and I continue to hope for its prompt submission to Congress within the next few months. In spite of today's polarized political environment, bipartisan cooperation… Continue Reading


November 10, 2010

Chairman Kerry: GAO Releases Report On The NATO Partnership For Peace Program

Washington, D.C.- Ahead of next week's NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement: "NATO remains a fundamental element of our national security and its organization needs critical examination in order to meet evolving threats effectively. This afternoon, the GAO released a report that I requested titled "NATO Partnerships," which outlines the extraordinary success of the Partnership for Peace (PfP) program a… Continue Reading


November 09, 2010

Chairman Kerry: Waiting for Signs of Change in Burma

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote an op-ed on this weekend's elections in Burma that appears online at Global Post. The full text of the op-ed is below: Global Post If Burma breaks from past, US should cooperate By John F. Kerry This weekend, the government of Burma held national elections, the first in 20 years under that country's authoritarian system. The elections were the culmination of a deeply flawed process, an… Continue Reading


November 08, 2010

Remarks By Chairman John Kerry After Meeting With Prime Minister Saad Hariri At The Grand Serail In Beirut

BEIRUT, LEBANON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri and President Michel Suleiman in Beirut, Lebanon before heading to Damascus, Syria to meet with President Bashar al-Assad to discuss the challenges facing the Middle East. Below are Chairman Kerry's remarks following his meeting with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, as delivered: It's a great pleasure for me to be back here in Lebanon, in Beirut. I have had the privilege o… Continue Reading


November 08, 2010

Chairman Kerry Supports India Becoming Permanent Member Of UN Security Council

Washington, D.C. -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement in response to President Obama's support of India becoming a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council: "I endorse President Obama's support for India's inclusion as a permanent member of a reformed and expanded United Nations Security Council. The UN must reflect the realities of the 21st century, and one of those realities is India's unquestioned global stature." #… Continue Reading


November 07, 2010

Chairman Kerry On The Elections In Burma

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released the following statement in response to the elections in Burma: "Today's elections in Burma were the culmination of a deeply flawed process and should not be considered legitimate. Despite its origins, this government does have an opportunity to bring change. One test will occur in just a few days, when Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi's politically motivated confinement under house arrest … Continue Reading


November 07, 2010

Statement By Chairman Kerry Following Discussions In Sudan

Washington, DC - On November 5, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) arrived in Sudan for his second round of discussions with Sudanese leaders to help persuade the North to accept a peaceful division of the country if the South votes to secede on January 9. Chairman Kerry issued the following statement upon departure: "Over the past several days, I had a very productive series of meetings in Sudan. At this pivotal moment in the peace process, President Obama asked … Continue Reading


November 05, 2010

Chairman Kerry On The Destruction Of Cyclone Giri In Burma

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released a statement in response to Cyclone Giri's impact on the Rakhine State of Burma, where relief agencies are reporting widespread damage: "I offer my condolences for the loss of life and damage caused by Cyclone Giri in the Rakhine State of Burma. The U.S. Embassy in Rangoon has offered prompt disaster relief, and I hope that the Burmese government will accept our offer to provide humanitarian assistan… Continue Reading

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