Ranking Member's Press

May 05, 2010

Lugar calls for quick passage of the HELP Act

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) today co-sponsored the Haiti Economic Lift Program (HELP) Act of 2010, S.3275, to provide additional tariff benefits to certain Haitian textile and apparel imports in order to create jobs and sustainable revenue streams for the impoverished country. An identical bill has already been passed by the House of Representatives. "I have supported earlier versions of this legislation and am pleased to join as a co-sponsor of … Continue Reading

April 26, 2010

Dodd-Lugar Bills to Speed Haiti's Recovery Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Haiti Debt Relief and Earthquake Recovery Act of 2010, legislation originally authored by Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Richard Lugar (R-IN), was signed into law today by President Barack Obama. The legislation encourages eliminating Haiti's remaining debt to international financial institutions, currently totaling $1 billion, and instructs these institutions to offer grants rather than loan assistance to Haiti in order to end the debt-relief cycle. "Haiti's long… Continue Reading

April 14, 2010

Lugar, Leahy call for Haitian-American Enterprise Fund

U.S. Sens. Dick Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) today introduced legislation that would lead to the establishment of the "Haitian-American Enterprise Fund," to focus on strengthening the private sector in post-earthquake Haiti. The legislation will help to empower the private sector to create jobs and sustainable revenue streams that will ensure Haiti's progress long after foreign assistance diminishes. The Fund is modeled after successful post-Cold War funds established 20 yea… Continue Reading

April 13, 2010

Lugar Tells Nuclear Summit to Say 'Yes' to Cooperation

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar addressed the Foreign Minister's luncheon at the Nuclear Summit today in Washington, DC. He was introduced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In her introduction, Secretary Clinton said: "When the Cold War ended, Senator Lugar was one of the earliest and strongest advocates for addressing the dangers posed by vulnerable nuclear weapons and materials. In 1991, he came together with Democrat Sam Nunn, who was then serving as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committe… Continue Reading

April 13, 2010

Lugar meets with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera

On April 12, U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar met with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera on his first visit to Washington as president to attend the Nuclear Security Summit. The meeting, which took place in Lugar's office, also was attended by six Members of Chile's Congress. "My deep interest in Chile began 21 years ago with the late Senator Kennedy when we established the U.S. Committee for Free Elections in Chile and helped usher in the return of democracy," Lugar said. "Chile is a bea… Continue Reading

April 13, 2010

Senador Lugar se reúne con presidente chileno Sebastián Piñera

El 12 de abril, el Senador de los Estados Unidos Dick Lugar se reunió con el Presidente chileno Sebastián Piñera en su primera visita a Washington como Presidente para asistir a la Cumbre sobre Seguridad Nuclear. A la reunión, que se llevó a cabo en la oficina de Lugar, también asistieron seis miembros del Congreso de Chile. "Mi profundo interés por Chile comenzó hace 21 años con el difunto Senador Kennedy cuando establecimos el… Continue Reading

April 12, 2010

Lugar statement and resolution honoring Poland President

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar made the following statement for today's Congressional Record as he introduced a resolution Honoring the lives of President of Poland Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and 94 others who perished on April 10, 2010, in a plane crash while en route to memorialize those Polish officers, officials, and civilians who were massacred by the Soviet Union 70 years ago. STATEMENT BY SENATOR LUGAR ON THE DEATH OF POLISH PRESIDENT LECH KACZYNSKI AND OTHER OFFICIALS IN WESTERN RUSSIA Mr. LUGA… Continue Reading

March 26, 2010

Statement by Sen. Lugar on START

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Dick Lugar made the following statement on today's announcement of a new START Treaty: "I commend the U.S. and Russian delegations for months of dedicated effort. I look forward to the President's submission of the new treaty, its protocols, annexes and all associated documents to the Senate for advice and consent to ratification. I also look forward to working with Chairman Kerry to begin scheduling hearings and briefings for the Foreign… Continue Reading

March 25, 2010

60th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Thailand

U.S. Senators have introduced a resolution recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Thailand. Introducing the resolution were U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN), Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), East Asian Subcommittee Chairman Jim Webb (D-VA), and Intelligence Committee Vice-Chairman Kit Bond (R-MO). The full text reads: Recognizing the 60th Anniversary of the Fulbright Programin Thailand. Whereas 2008 was the 175th ann… Continue Reading

March 10, 2010

Administration should include education assistance in supplemental funding request for Haiti, Lugar says

Getting Haitian children back in classrooms should be a priority in U.S. assistance to Haiti, U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar said today after attending the White House Rose Garden ceremony with President Barack Obama hosting Haitian President René Préval. Earlier in the day, former President Bill Clinton also told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that this should be a priority. "As the Administration prepares to present its supplemental appropriations request for Haiti, a top prio… Continue Reading

March 05, 2010

Resolution on Ukrainian Democracy Passes Senate

The U.S. Senate passed a resolution recognizing the progress of Ukrainian democracy. Full text follows of the resolution introduced by U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Dick Lugar and Chairman John Kerry: 111th CONGRESS 2d Session S. RES. 422 Recognizing the important progress made by the people of Ukraine in the establishment of democratic institutions following the presidential run-off election on February 7, 2010. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES February 25,… Continue Reading

March 05, 2010

Senate Passes Kerry, Lugar Resolution Calls For Recovery, Rehabilitation, And Rebuilding Of Haiti

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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 (S.Res.414) calling for the recovery, rehabilitation, and rebuilding of Haiti following the humanitarian crisis caused by the January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti. This legislation urges the U.S. government and the international community to provide resources to support the government of Haiti's… Continue Reading

March 05, 2010

Haiti Recovery Act Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Haiti Recovery Act, legislation introduced by Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Dick Lugar (R-IN), today passed the Senate by unanimous consent. The legislation would encourage the elimination of Haiti's remaining debt to international financial institutions, currently totaling over $1 billion, and instruct these institutions to offer grants rather than loan assistance to Haiti, in order to end the debt-relief cycle. "The people of Haiti face a long and difficult road ahe… Continue Reading

March 05, 2010

Senate passes Lugar, Kerry resolution expressing solidarity with Chile following the massive earthquake

The U.S. Senate passed a resolution expressing profound concern, deepest sympathies, and solidarity on behalf of the people of the United States to the people and Government of Chile following the massive earthquake. The resolution (S.Res.431), introduced by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), states that the United States Senate: applauds the friendship between the Governments and people of the United States and Chile and rec… Continue Reading

March 02, 2010

Lugar and Cardin praise UK energy transparency initiative

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sens. Dick Lugar (R-IN), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), commended the parliament of the United Kingdom for introduction of an Early Day Motion which urges the United Kingdom to consider legislation similar to the Energy Security Through Transparency Act (S.1700). S.1700 strengthens international disclosure efforts, expresses the … Continue Reading

March 01, 2010

Sens. Lugar and Dodd call for U.S. Mission to the OAS to ask for discussion of 'Venezuela Democracy and Human Rights' Report at the Permanent Council

In response to a report issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) last week regarding violations of human rights and intimidation of citizens in Venezuela based on their political beliefs, U.S. Sens. Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Chris Dodd (D-CT) released the following joint statement. "We are deeply disturbed by some of the report's observations. One of the more alarming findings was that: 'The Commission considers that the lack of independence and autonomy of the judiciary with… Continue Reading

February 24, 2010

Dodd, Lugar praise committee passage of Haiti Recovery Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) today praised the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's passage of the Haiti Recovery Act. "There are many important steps that we, and the international community, can take in order to help Haiti rebuild and recover," said Dodd. "The people of Haiti have suffered innumerable tragedies as a result of the earthquake, and the Haiti Recovery Act takes important, immediate steps towards helping them rebuild and recover. I look f… Continue Reading

January 29, 2010

Kerry, Lugar Introduce Legislation To Strengthen U.S. Diplomacy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) today introduced comprehensive bi-partisan legislation that will provide authority, policy guidance, and operational oversight to the State Department. The Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011 supports provisions to improve the State Department's public diplomacy mission and to increase the foreign service officer capacity. It will also signifi… Continue Reading

January 28, 2010

Dodd, Lugar Introduce Legislation to Speed Haitian Recovery

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) today introduced legislation to speed recovery efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. The legislation will focus on three areas important to rebuilding Haiti - debt relief, infrastructure, and trade. "The United States and the international community have already contributed tremendously to short-term relief efforts in Haiti, but it's critical that we commit to Haiti's long-term recovery as well," said Dodd. "Our legislation inclu… Continue Reading

January 22, 2010

Lugar-sponsored Haiti legislation sails through Senate

Several pieces of legislation aimed at helping the victims of the earthquake in Haiti have quickly cleared the U.S. Senate and Senator Dick Lugar has taken a key role in cosponsoring them. "The Haiti earthquake has personally touched each one of us as we try to discern the best way to channel the assistance from those who want to help. This will be a long and difficult recovery and Americans will endure in their support. We have already seen remarkable generosity in stories of adoptions, volunte… Continue Reading

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