Ranking Member's Press

February 16, 2010

Chairman Kerry Statement On Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today about Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim: "I call on the government of Malaysia, and specifically on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, to ensure a fair and equitable resolution of the legal proceedings currently under way against former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim. "It has been over a decade since Anwar's first trial, on charges that were later … Continue Reading


February 13, 2010

Chairman Kerry Addresses The U.S.-Islamic World Forum

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following remarks at the U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar: As salaam alaikum. Thank you for the kind introduction. I want to thank the Brookings Project for convening this important discussion. I'm grateful to His Excellency Prime Minister Hamad bin Jasim, Strobe Talbott, Martin Indyk, and all those involved in putting this Forum together. And I am pleased to be here with Prime Minister Er… Continue Reading


January 22, 2010

Kerry, Lugar Haiti Earthquake Resolution Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to last week's catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) issued the following statement announcing the Senate's passage of a resolution that recognizes the humanitarian crisis and urges a sustained commitment to the rebuilding of the country: "The Haitian people have faced this catastrophic earthquake with the same indomitable spirit that has characterized them throughout the… Continue Reading


December 10, 2009

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement For U.S. Defense Trade Treaties Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following opening statement at a hearing on the proposed Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties with the United Kingdom and Australia: Full text as prepared is below: Today we meet to consider treaties with two of our closest allies, the United Kingdom and Australia, that would change how our country controls arms exports and shares military technology. The Committee first took testimony on these … Continue Reading


December 10, 2009

Kerry, Lieberman, Graham Release Framework for Climate Change and Energy Independence Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) released their framework for comprehensive climate change and energy independence legislation. "Over the past month, we have been working together to develop consensus on a comprehensive pollution reduction and energy independence plan. Support is building to simultaneously create jobs, protect our national security interests, and improve our environment. As you depart for Co… Continue Reading


December 09, 2009

Chairman Kerry: "Pakistan Is The Core Of Our Challenge"

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following opening statement at the hearing titled "The New Afghanistan Strategy: The View From The Ground": Full text as prepared is below: General David Petraeus, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, Under Secretary Jack Lew-we welcome you here today. Eight days ago, the President announced a new phase in our Afghan mission, including a decision to send an additional 30,000 troops. For all the answer… Continue Reading


December 07, 2009

Kerry: EPA Endangerment Finding Sends Important Signal to Congress, Copenhagen

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and head of the Congressional delegation to the international climate negotiations beginning today in Copenhagen, Denmark, today responded to reports that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue a final ruling that greenhouse gas emissions directly threaten human lives. "This is a clear message to Copenhagen of the Obama Administration's commitment to address global climate change and… Continue Reading


December 03, 2009

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing With Secretary Clinton, Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following opening statement at the hearing titled "Afghanistan: Assessing the Road Ahead": Secretary Gates, Secretary Clinton, Admiral Mullen-we welcome you here today. Thank you for coming to share more details about the President's plan, and for consulting and partnering with Congress on a decision of enormous consequence for our soldiers, our security, and our country. This is a decision t… Continue Reading


December 03, 2009

Kerry Introduces Legislation To Support Global Climate Deal

Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and author of S. 1733, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, today introduced the "International Climate Change Investment Act of 2009." This legislation addresses the global security risks of climate change and promotes our economic leadership and competitiveness by enhancing demand for American clean energy products. The Act strongly supports a global agreement at the United Nations Framework Convention on … Continue Reading


December 02, 2009

Chairman Kerry Statement On President's West Point Speech

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement this evening following President Obama's speech on Afghanistan: "I believe that the President defined a narrower mission tonight, not an open-ended nation-building exercise. A key component of that mission is providing that the troops will only clear and hold in places where there is capacity to build and transfer beneath them and that there will be significant partnering wit… Continue Reading


December 01, 2009

Kerry Urges Secretary Clinton: Increased Global Climate Aid Essential to Success in Copenhagen

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and lead author of the Senate's comprehensive climate change legislation, wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today urging increased global aid to support international climate change priorities. These issues will be debated during the international negotiations later this month in Copenhagen. A significant gap exists "between the international climate funds committed in the President's … Continue Reading


December 01, 2009

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement For USAID Nomination Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following opening statement at the nomination hearing for Dr. Rajiv Shah, President Obama's nominee to lead the United States Agency for International Development (USAID): We are here today to consider the nomination of Dr. Rajiv Shah to be the next Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Today, USAID may be our last major foreign policy agency to have its leadership n… Continue Reading


December 01, 2009

Chairman Kerry Marks World AIDS Day, Applauds Administration's Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today on World AIDS Day: "Today we mark the extraordinary progress in the fight against AIDS. While the disease claimed 2 million lives worldwide last year, millions of others are alive today because of the impact of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. I am pleased the Administration's five-year … Continue Reading


November 25, 2009

Kerry, Gillibrand, Cardin, Shaheen, Boxer, Casey Mark The International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women

Washington, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), along with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Ben Cardin (D-MD)released the following statements to mark theInternational Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: "The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is an important reminder of just how many women and girls continue to be subjected to violence and discrimination arou… Continue Reading


November 18, 2009

Kerry Addresses Global Climate Crisis at World Bank

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, today addressed the World Bank in a speech titled "Building a Twenty-First Century Development Bank: New Challenges, New Priorities." In the speech, the Chairman addressed the opportunities to reform international financial institutions and address the real threats of global climate change. "We can no longer ignore the reality that our planet is currently hurtling toward irreversible and catastrophic … Continue Reading


November 18, 2009

Kerry Supports Lael Brainard as Next Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), senior member of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, today urged the swift confirmation of President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, Lael Brainard. "Eight months of a vetting process is more than enough when no questions persist. In fact, questions and questions have been answered, and answered, and answered, and they have been answered sati… Continue Reading


November 17, 2009

Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing On Global Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following opening statement at the hearing titled "The U.S. and the G-20: Remaking the International Economic Architecture": We are honored to have Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner here with us today to address the future of the G20, the IMF, the World Bank, and America's role in remaking our global financial architecture. It has been almost a decade since a Treasury Secretary last address… Continue Reading


November 17, 2009

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009

Washington, D.C.--- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN), along with Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Senator Bob Corker (R-TN),Senator James Risch (R-ID)and SenatorBen Cardin (D-MD), released the statements below following today's business meeting where the Committee ordered reported by a roll call vote, S.1524, the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009. "I am pleased to join with many of my colleag… Continue Reading


November 10, 2009

Chairman Kerry Welcomes The Formation Of A Government Of National Unity In Lebanon

Washington, D.C.-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today in response to the formation of a coalition unity government in Lebanon: "I would like to congratulate the people of Lebanon on yesterday's news that a government has been presented by Prime Minister Saad Hariri and accepted by President Michel Suleiman. As time-consuming and complicated as negotiations have been, Prime Minister Hariri and President Suleiman have never wa… Continue Reading


November 02, 2009

Chairman Kerry Statement On Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today in response to Dr. Abdullah Abdullah's decision to withdraw from the runoff presidentialelection and the Afghan Election Committee's decision to cancel the runoff and declare President Hamid Karzai the winner of the 2009 presidential contest: "This is one of many critical moments for Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai deserves credit for his willingness to engage in … Continue Reading

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