Ranking Member's Press

October 25, 2010

During Chairman Kerry's Visit, Sudanese Government Pledges To Abide By Outcome Of Referendum

KHARTOUM, SUDAN - During a three-day trip to Sudan, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) had productive, in-depth meetings with senior government leaders in Juba and Khartoum. Today, a resolution from the government of Sudan pledging to abide by the outcome of the referendum was presented to the Chairman. The resolution also vowed that the Sudanese government would cooperate with its neighbors to the south on a wide range of economic, political, and security issues. T… Continue Reading


October 21, 2010

Chairman Kerry Traveling To Sudan

WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) is traveling to Sudan as part of the Committee's ongoing effort to assess security, political, and economic developments in advance of the referendum in January that will determine whether Southern Sudan becomes an independent nation. During his three-day trip, the Chairman will conduct high-level meetings in both Khartoum and Juba. "Sudan is at a pivotal moment. Every reliable source indicates that Southern Sudan wi… Continue Reading


October 19, 2010

Chairman Kerry On The Typhoon Megi

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released a statement in response to Typhoon Megi's landfall in the Philippines: "I am saddened to hear of the loss of life and damage wrought by Typhoon Megi in the Philippines. As the storm -- one of the most powerful in decades -- moves across the South China Sea, our thoughts and prayers are also with the people of southern China who are bracing for Megi's impact. The United States is readying humanitari… Continue Reading


October 13, 2010

Chairman Kerry On The Rescue Of The Chilean Miners

WASHINGTON, D.C.--This evening, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement about the successful rescue operations that freed 33 miners previously trapped in the San Jose cooper mine in northern Chile for more than two months: "I am overjoyed that all 33 miners have now been brought to safety, and I congratulate everyone involved in this historic event. The entire world held their breath in the days following the mine's collapse, and we rejoiced… Continue Reading


October 12, 2010

Chairman Kerry Introduces Bipartisan Legislation On Sudan

Washington, DC - With just over 100 days until the January referenda in Sudan, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry today introduced the bipartisan Sudan Peace and Stability Act of 2010, which is cosponsored by Senators Brownback, Durbin, Wicker, and Feingold. The bill defines the objectives of U.S. policy toward Sudan and the tools available to pursue them. "Sudan is facing a defining moment. While the Sudanese must own their future, the United States can help the parties f… Continue Reading


October 11, 2010

Chairman Kerry On The Parliamentary Elections In Kyrgyzstan

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement in response to Sunday's parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan, the first elections since a new Constitution was adopted in June, making Kyrgyzstan the first parliamentary republic in Central Asia: "This weekend, the people of Kyrgyzstan went to the polls in a historic vote that could create Central Asia's first parliamentary democracy. In doing so, they sent an important signal about … Continue Reading


October 08, 2010

Chairman Kerry On Tom Donilon Succeeding General Jones As National Security Adviser

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today praising President Obama's selection of Tom Donilon as his new national security adviser and thanking General James Jones for his exemplary service in the post: "Tom Donilon has provided critical advice to Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. No one is better prepared to take over the vital job of national security adviser at this critical moment in history … Continue Reading


October 07, 2010

Chairman Kerry: Diplomacy Urgent As Vote To Split Sudan Nears

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) wrote an op-ed that appears today on CNN's website, titled "Diplomacy Urgent as Vote to Split Sudan Nears." Chairman Kerry has written bipartisan legislation, the Sudan Peace and Stability Act of 2010, which reasserts U.S. leadership and commitment to working toward peace throughout Sudan. In April 2009, he traveled to Sudan, going to both Khartoum and Darfur, for high-level discussions and meetings with NCP, SPLM… Continue Reading


September 30, 2010

Chairman Kerry: Senate Confirms Next Ambassador To Pakistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Last night, the Senate unanimously passed the nomination of Cameron Munter to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry released the following statement: "I am pleased that before departing for recess last night, the Senate unanimously confirmed Cameron Munter to serve as the next U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan. Given the importance of our relationship with Pakistan and the many issues we are trying to tackle together to … Continue Reading


September 30, 2010

Chairman Kerry: U.S. Senate Approves Hague Convention On The International Recovery Of Child Support And Other Forms Of Family Maintenance

Washington, DC - Last night, the Senate approved a treaty that will make it easier for Americans to recover child support payments from a non-custodial parent living abroad. The Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance is a multilateral treaty that promotes the establishment, recognition, and enforcement of child support obligations in cases where the custodial parent and child are in one country and the non-custodial parent is in ano… Continue Reading


September 30, 2010

Chairman Kerry: U.S. Senate Approves Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties With The United Kingdom And Australia

Washington, DC - Last night the Senate provided its advice and consent to ratification of Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties with the United Kingdom and with Australia. Earlier this week, Congress passed accompanying legislation to implement the treaties in the United States. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) worked with Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-IN) to craft the resolutions with which the Senate approved the treaties, as well as the accompanying legislation. … Continue Reading


September 24, 2010

Senators Kerry And Webb Support Strong U.S. Engagement With Southeast Asia

Washington, D.C.--Corresponding with the second ASEAN-United States summit in New York City, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and East Asia and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Jim Webb (D-VA), issued the following statements announcing the Senate's unanimous passage of a resolution supporting recent and ongoing U.S. efforts to engage with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its member-states. "Recent tensions in East Asia drive home the sig… Continue Reading


September 23, 2010

Chairman Kerry Congratulates The President On Elevating Global Development And Foreign Aid Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement endorsing the goals for global development and foreign aid reform described in President Obama's speeches yesterday and today at the United Nations: "I am pleased to join with the President in support of a new development vision to address the leading moral, strategic and economic challenges of the 21st century. The President has outlined a comprehensive development policy based on m… Continue Reading


September 22, 2010

Foreign Relations Committee Passes Legislation To Promote And Strengthen The Private Sector In Pakistan

Washington, D.C.---The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed bipartisan legislation yesterday approving the Pakistani-American Enterprise Fund, S.3665, which will focus on strengthening the private sector in Pakistan using existing funds from the Kerry-Lugar-Berman aid package passed by Congress last year. This legislation will empower Pakistan's private sector by creating jobs and opportunities, which will contribute to increasing economic growth and stability. The Fund is modeled after su… Continue Reading


September 21, 2010

Chairman Kerry: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Votes to Approve Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties with the United Kingdom and Australia

Washington, DC - Today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved by voice vote resolutions of ratification for Defense Trade Cooperation Treaties between the United States and the United Kingdom and between the United States and Australia, sending the treaties to the full Senate for advice and consent to ratification. The Committee also approved legislation Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-IN) crafted that will implement the treaties in the United States. Fo… Continue Reading


September 16, 2010

Chairman Kerry: New START Wins Bipartisan Backing in Key Committee Vote

Washington, DC - Today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution of advice and consent to ratification of New START with 3 Republicans joining 11 Democrats, continuing a tradition of bipartisan support for strategic arms agreements that spans four administrations. After the vote, Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement: "This is an historic vote that renews the bipartisan tradition that's vital in tackling the grave threat posed by nuclear weapons. This … Continue Reading


September 16, 2010

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Business Meeting To Consider the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Resolution Of Advice And Consent To Ratification Of New START

Washington, D.C. - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) held a business meeting to consider the Committee's resolution of advice and consent to ratification of New START. The full text of his opening statement as prepared is below: Thank you all for coming. This meeting marks the end of the committee's long and I believe healthy process of reviewing the New START Treaty. We're of course here today to consider a resolution of advice and consent to ratific… Continue Reading


September 15, 2010

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing On “Banking on Reform: Capital Increase Proposals from the Multilateral Development Banks”

Washington, D.C. - This morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) held a hearing on increased funding for the Multilateral Development Banks. The full text of his statement as prepared is below: Thank you all for coming today. We are here to discuss proposed increases in the capital we provide to Multilateral Development Banks. We're fortunate to be joined by three policymakers who can speak directly to the new burdens these banks have taken on and the challenge… Continue Reading


September 13, 2010

Chairman Kerry On Sudanese Referendum

Washington, DC-Ahead of next week's high-level meeting on Sudan at the United Nations, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement about the January 9, 2011 referendum on the independence of southern Sudan: "In less than four months, Southern Sudan is scheduled to vote in a referendum on independence under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of 2005. It is urgent that North and South reach crucial agreements on how they will manage this refe… Continue Reading


September 01, 2010

Chairman Kerry On Middle East Peace Talks

Washington, DC-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement today ahead of tomorrow's direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians: "This is a moment of both promise and peril for the Middle East. I applaud the resumption of direct peace talks between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas. President Obama is right to dedicate himself and his government to the cause of peace in the Middle East, one of the world's most intractabl… Continue Reading

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