Ranking Member's Press

May 24, 2011

Lugar Continues to Question Obama Strategies in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement at a committee hearing: Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for calling this hearing, the fifth in a series on Afghanistan and Pakistan. I join you in welcoming our distinguished witnesses. Like the Chairman, I remain hopeful that we will soon hear from the Defense Department and the State Department in public session about their plans in the region going forward. At this hear… Continue Reading


May 23, 2011

Lugar Warns Obama on Limits and Costs of Libya Engagement

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following letter to President Obama regarding American involvement in the civil war in Libya: May 23, 2011 The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States The White House Washington, DC Dear Mr. President: I am writing to express my serious concern about your Administration's failure to … Continue Reading


May 17, 2011

Lugar Says Pakistan Must Adhere to Past Agreements to Fight Terrorism

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement before the committee received testimony from Gen. James L. Jones, who most recently served as National Security Advisor to President Obama: Our recent hearings have underscored the importance of Pakistan to numerous U.S. national security goals. Pakistan is one of the largest Muslim countries in the world, with a sizeable nuclear arsenal. It is in a permanent state … Continue Reading


May 13, 2011

Lugar Challenges Obama Administration on Libyan War Authorization

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following series of questions to the Obama Administration one week before the deadline expires for the required Congressional authorization for U.S. military action in the Libyan civil war. "We are nearing the end of the second month of U.S. military involvement, including a bombing campaign, in Libya's civil war. Congress has yet to have an appropriate debate or vote on the President's… Continue Reading


May 12, 2011

Lugar Calls for “Haitian-American Enterprise Fund”

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday introduced legislation that would lead to the establishment of the "Haitian-American Enterprise Fund," to focus on strengthening the private sector and promoting job creation in post-earthquake Haiti. In a recent letter to Senator Lugar, Haitian President-elect Michel Martelly endorsed the creation of an enterprise fund, and pledged that his commitment to attracting additional foreign investmen… Continue Reading


May 12, 2011

Lugar Continues to Challenge Obama’s Libyan War Efforts Pentagon Refuses to Send a Witness to Defend Strategy

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following opening statement at a committee hearing on Libya: I thank the Chairman for holding this important hearing and join him in welcoming back Deputy Secretary Steinberg. The Committee sought a witness from the Defense Department to join Secretary Steinberg at this hearing. The Administration chose not to provide such a witness. This is an inexplicable decision given Administrat… Continue Reading


May 11, 2011

Lugar, Joined by Republican Senators, Calls for Ag Committee Hearings On Panama, Colombia and South Korean Trade Agreements

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a senior member of the Agriculture Committee, today called for immediate hearings "on the potential impact of the free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea on America's farmers and ranchers." Co-signing the letter to Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Pat Roberts, was Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sens. Thad Cochran, Saxby Chambliss, Mike Joha… Continue Reading


May 10, 2011

Lugar Says Obama Needs New Plan for Afghanistan

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,. Made the following opening statement today at a hearing before the committee: Afghanistan has undeniable symbolic importance and can still be a source of threats to U.S. security. The question before us is whether Afghanistan is important enough to justify the lives and massive resources that are being spent there, especially given our nation's debt crisis. Or, can we achieve the most important natio… Continue Reading


May 06, 2011

Lugar to appear on CNN’s John King, USA

Senator Dick Lugar is scheduled to appear on CNN's John King, USA this evening to discuss President Obama's lack of a plan for Afghanistan and issues facing U.S.-Pakistan relations. The show airs from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST. Clips from the episode will be available at http://johnkingusa.blogs.cnn.com/. ###… Continue Reading


May 06, 2011

Lugar to appear on CNN’s State of the Union

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar is scheduled to appear on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, May 8, 2011, to discuss Libya, Pakistan and the Middle East. The show airs from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Eastern and again from Noon to 1 p.m. Eastern. The entire episode will be available at http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/state.of.the.union/. ###… Continue Reading


May 06, 2011

Lugar to appear on Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC

Senator Dick Lugar is scheduled to appear live at 1:00 p.m. today on Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC to discuss Libya, Pakistan and the Middle East. Lugar will appear at 1:00 p.m. EST. Clips from the episode will be available at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29974370/. ###… Continue Reading


May 06, 2011

Lugar Urges Clinton to Approve Canadian Pipeline

Senator Dick Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging her approval of the construction of the Keystone oil pipeline across the Canadian border to refineries in the United States. The Indiana State Senate passed a resolution supporting the pipeline, and Lugar transmitted it to Clinton. Copies of the resolution, the letter to Clinton, and a letter to State Sen. Carlin Yoder are attached. ###… Continue Reading


May 03, 2011

Lugar Says Obama Lacks Vision of Success in Afghanistan Strategic Value of Long-Term Engagement and Cost No Longer Justified

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today said, "President Obama must be forthcoming on a definition of success in Afghanistan based on U.S. vital interests and a sober analysis of what is possible to achieve." Lugar said that "with al Qaeda largely displaced from the country, but franchised in other locations, Afghanistan does not carry a strategic value that justifies 100,000 American troops and a $100 billion per year cost, especially … Continue Reading


May 02, 2011

Lugar Statement on Death of Osama Bin Laden

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement Sunday evening regarding the death of Osama bin Laden: The reported death of Osama bin Laden is welcome news, but it in no way eliminates the threat from the terrorism he espoused. This is another reminder that Americans cannot hide from global affairs. Americans must continue to be vigilant to ensure that terrorist groups and rouge states do not obtain weapons of mass de… Continue Reading


April 14, 2011

Lugar Warns Obama Administration of Mission Creep in Libyan War

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding his concerns over a possible expanded NATO mission in the Libyan civil war: The evident confusion surrounding the NATO Ministerial today in Brussels serves as a stark reminder that we have not had the necessary debate here at home about the costs, objectives, and duration of our military intervention in Libya's civil war. The Obama Administration committed U.S.… Continue Reading


April 14, 2011

Lugar Resolution Recognizes Anniversary of Chernobyl Disaster

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced a resolution recognizing the 25th anniversary of the disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Ukraine became the first of the former Soviet states to eliminate all their nuclear weapons under the Nunn-Lugar program: Whereas at 1:23 A.M. on April 26, 1986, during an experiment, a major explosion occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Unit 4, a RBMK 1000-type, graphite-mod… Continue Reading


April 06, 2011

Lugar Calls for Increased Transparency and Action to Prevent Fraud in Global Health Programs

Senator Dick Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released a report entitled, "Fraud and Abuse of Global Fund Investments at Risk Without Greater Transparency," and called for U.S. action to protect against fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars invested in global health programs. "As we continue to grapple with a $1.4 trillion budget deficit and a $14 trillion national debt, we must be diligent in reviewing all U.S. spending and questioning its necessity… Continue Reading


April 06, 2011

Lugar Says Costly, Ill-Defined War in Libya Looms

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will deliver the following opening statement at a committee hearing today: The Libyan civil war continues with little prospect that the opposition will be able to defeat the Qadhafi regime's forces in the near term, even with the backing of coalition air strikes. The President and members of his team have stated that the removal of Qadhafi is a diplomatic goal of the United States, but not a military go… Continue Reading


April 04, 2011

Lugar announces $32 Million Grant to Purdue to Train Afghan Farmers

Senator Dick Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced today that Purdue University has received a grant of $31,991,056 from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to assist in the rebuilding of Afghanistan by training the faculties at five Afghan agricultural universities. "Rebuilding Afghanistan's agricultural economy remains one of the highest priorities for United States interests," Lugar explained. "Purdue agricultural expert… Continue Reading


March 31, 2011

Lugar Calls on President Obama to Define End Game and Costs in Libyan War

Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will deliver the following statement at today's hearing on the Obama Administration's war in Libya: I thank the Chairman for holding this important hearing and join him in welcoming Deputy Secretary Steinberg. Over Libya, we have once again witnessed the skill and courage of the men and women of our armed forces. The war fighting prowess of the American military is extraordinary in its capability a… Continue Reading

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