Ranking Member's Press

September 16, 2009

Kerry Applauds Passing Of UN Resolution To Create New Women's Agency

Washington, DC-Following three years of negotiations, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement applauding the sixty-third United Nations General Assembly's historic passage of a resolution to create one UN agency for women, which will promote women's equality and rights: "It is high time the UN bring to the forefront gender and women's issues by creating one agency. Creating a strong, consolidated UN Agency for Women headed by an Unde… Continue Reading


September 16, 2009

Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing On Strategy For Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today held a hearing to explore the various scenarios for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered the following opening remarks: The future course of our mission in Afghanistan has become one of the most important and difficult questions we face. In the weeks ahead, this Committee will hold a series of hearings to study the situation in greater depth and weigh our options going forward. I know tha… Continue Reading


September 15, 2009

Kerry Applauds Phase-down of Dangerous Greenhouse Gases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded the Obama Administration's proposal to eliminate dangerous emissions known as Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as part of an international treaty to protect the ozone layer. The treaty, known as the Montreal Protocol, currently excludes regulations for HFCs which Kerry has called "significantly more powerful greenhouse gases than carbon dioxide," warning that the emissions' damage "is … Continue Reading


September 10, 2009

Kerry Opening Statement At Hearing On Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today delivered opening remarks at the hearing titled, "Iraq: Report from the Field." Full text of Chairman Kerry's opening statement as prepared is below: Today we are honored to be joined by America's top diplomat in Baghdad and a longtime friend of this Committee. Welcome back, Chris. I'd also like to recognize the efforts of all our brave and capable diplomats serving in harm's way. Just like our so… Continue Reading


September 03, 2009

Kerry Welcomes Sanctions Against Coup Regime In Honduras

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today in response to Secretary of State Clinton's announcement that the Administration will suspend aid to Honduras as the result of the June 28th coup that ousted President Zelaya: "Today, Secretary of State Clinton announced that the United States is suspending financial aid to the Honduran government and revoking the U.S. visas of supporters of the coup. I applaud the Adm… Continue Reading


August 24, 2009

Chairman Kerry Statement On Elections In Afghanistan

Washington, D.C.-Ahead of tomorrow's presidential and provincial elections in Afghanistan, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement: "The Afghan people are demonstrating tremendous courage in defying threats of violence and pursuing democracy in their elections. The fact that dozens of candidates, including two women, are competing for President and thousands of candidates, including about 300 women, are running for provincial council seats i… Continue Reading


August 22, 2009

Chairman Kerry Statement on Ramadan

For Immediate Release: Saturday, August 22, 2009 Washington, D.C.-Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement to Muslim communities in America and around the world marking the start of Ramadan today: "With the onset of Ramadan, the holiest month of the Muslim calendar year where observing Muslims fast for 30 days from sunrise to sunset as a way to increase spirituality and thank God for his blessings, I want to extend my best wishes to Muslim com… Continue Reading


August 20, 2009

Kerry Condemns Release of Lockerbie Bomber

Washington, DC-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), released the following statement today in response to the release of convicted Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi: "The bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 was horrific and unforgivable. 270 people, including 189 American citizens, lost their lives in what was, before September 11, 2001, the deadliest terrorist attack ever committed against the United States. Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi was senten… Continue Reading


August 11, 2009

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Report Examines U.S. Counter-Narcotics Strategy In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has issued a report titled, "Afghanistan's Narco War: Breaking the Link between Drug Traffickers and Insurgents", examining the new U.S. counter-narcotics strategy in Afghanistan. The Obama Administration has deemphasized opium poppy eradication and is focused for the first time on breaking the link between the narcotics trade and the Taliban. The aim is to deny money to the insurgency, which has been collecting millions of dollars… Continue Reading


July 30, 2009

Chairman Kerry Urges Cooperation After Election In Moldova

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry released the following statement today in response to the historic election in the Republic of Moldova that may ultimately result in the unseating of the last governing Communist Party in the former Soviet Union: "This is an important moment for the Republic of Moldova. It is inspiring and reassuring to see Moldovans exercising their democratic rights through the electoral process, but it is likewise troubling … Continue Reading


July 30, 2009

Chairman Kerry Opening Statement For Hearing On Sudan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry made the following statement at today's hearing titled, "Toward a Comprehensive Strategy for Sudan". Full text as prepared is below: Today's hearing explores America's need to craft a comprehensive strategy for Sudan. For years, the urgency of either the situation in Darfur or the long war between North and South Sudan drove U.S. policy strongly in one direction or the other. Over time, the result has been a b… Continue Reading


July 29, 2009

Chairman Kerry Discusses Climate Change At National Press Club

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered a speech today titled, "America and China on the Road to Copenhagen: Toward a Climate Change Partnership, at the National Press Club. Below are Chairman Kerry's remarks, as delivered: When Richard Nixon first visited China back in 1972, that journey seemed far longer than the seven thousand miles that actually separate Washington from Beijing. He was bridging the gap between two worlds separated … Continue Reading


July 28, 2009

Kerry, Lugar, Menendez, Corker Introduce Legislation To Reform Foreign Aid

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN), along with Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today introduced legislation aimed at initiating the foreign aid reform process. Senators James Risch (R-ID) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), also members of the Committee, joined as original cosponsors. The Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009, S.1524, is an important first step toward comprehensive foreign … Continue Reading


July 28, 2009

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Releases Report On U.S.-China Collaboration On Climate Change And Clean Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A report released today by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, entitled Broadening the Bilateral: Seizing the Opportunity for Meaningful U.S.-China Collaboration on Climate Change, recommends that the Administration pursue a robust climate change agreement with China during the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) this week. The report outlines the latest climate change science, reviews domestic actions in China, identifies current areas of U.S.… Continue Reading


July 28, 2009

Chairman Kerry Applauds European Union Extending Monitoring Mission In Georgia

Following yesterday's European Union (EU) Foreign Ministers Meeting in Brussels, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement about the EU agreeing to extend the mandate of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) for another twelve months until the September 14, 2010: "We are almost at the one-year anniversary of the Russian-Georgian War and the EU Foreign Ministers have made a clear and commendable commitment to peace by extending th… Continue Reading


July 14, 2009

Chairman Kerry Applauds Presidential Statement On Framework For U.S.- Russian Arms Reduction

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement after today's signing of the Joint Understanding for the START follow-on treaty by President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev: "I applaud President Obama and Russian President Medvedev for agreeing to negotiate an arms control treaty that will reduce the size of our two countries' arsenals of deployed strategic nuclear warheads and strategic delivery vehicles to the… Continue Reading


June 26, 2009

Chairman Kerry's Statement on Honduras Escalating Constitutional Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee John Kerry (D-MA) today expressed concern about the growing tension in Honduras over an unofficial vote, scheduled for Sunday, intended to build public support for rewriting the Honduran Constitution. "America values its longstanding partnership with Honduras, but a push to rewrite the constitution over the objections of Honduras's top court, legislature, attorney general, and military is deeply disturbing," said Chairman Ke… Continue Reading


June 19, 2009

Senate Passes Resolution Calling for Free and Fair Elections in Albania

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leading into the final week before Albania's parliamentary elections, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN), along with Senators Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ted Kaufman (D-DE), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT), issued the following joint statement announcing the Senate's passage of a resolution recognizing Albania's democratic achievements: "America's vested interest in Albania did not end with th… Continue Reading


June 16, 2009

Kerry, Lugar Call For Swift Passage Of Enhanced Partnership of Pakistan Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Chairman John F. Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee released the following statements after the markup of the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act, also known as the Kerry-Lugar Bill. Chairman Kerry said, "This is a critical moment for Pakistan, and that's why I'm so glad the Kerry-Lugar Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act was voted out of the Foreign Relations Committee today. This was a strong, bipart… Continue Reading


June 15, 2009

Chairman Kerry Addresses Council on Foreign Relations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) delivered a speech today titled, "Climate Change and American Foreign Policy: Security Challenges, Diplomatic Opportunities," at the New York City headquarters of the Council on Foreign Relations. His speech focused on the national security challenges of global climate change. Full text as prepared is below: I'm thrilled that Tom Brokaw could moderate our discussion today. He's a good friend. He's one of our … Continue Reading

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