Ranking Member's Press

August 03, 2010

Lugar warns President against reducing commitment to global HIV/AIDS program

On July 30, the two year anniversary of enactment of legislation on U.S. global leadership against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Dick Lugar wrote President Obama expressing concern about funding being diverted from the program to other parts of the President's global health initiative. Here is the full text of the letter to the President: Two years ago today, Vice President Biden and I were joined by a number of our Republican … Continue Reading


July 30, 2010

Kerry, Lugar Call For Pakistani-American Enterprise Fund

Washington, D.C.- Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) introduced legislation yesterday, S. 3665, that will lead to the establishment of the "Pakistani-American Enterprise Fund," to focus on strengthening the private sector in Pakistan using existing funds from the Kerry-Lugar-Berman aid package passed by Congress last year. The legislation will help empower Pakistan's private sector to create jobs, which will contribute toward increasing econo… Continue Reading


July 29, 2010

Lugar, Kerry call for Pakistani-American Enterprise Fund

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Dick Lugar (R-IN) and John Kerry (D-MA) introduced legislation today, S. 3665, that would lead to the establishment of the "Pakistani-American Enterprise Fund," to focus on strengthening the private sector in Pakistan using existing funds from the Kerry-Lugar-Berman aid package passed by Congress last year. The legislation will help to empower Pakistan's private sector to create jobs, which will contribute toward increasing economic growth and stability. The Fund … Continue Reading


July 22, 2010

Nunn-Lugar June 2010 Update

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar announced the following progress in the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program last month. 6 Strategic nuclear warheads deactivated 2 Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) destroyed 6 ICBM mobile launchers destroyed 4 nuclear weapons transport train shipments secured 48 metric tons of Russian chemical weapons agent neutralized During the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the New START Treaty with the Directors of the U.S. nuclear laborato… Continue Reading


July 22, 2010

Lugar calls on President Préval to help attract investment to Haiti

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Dick Lugar today released a report urging President Préval and the Government of Haiti to enact essential business reforms in order to rebuild Haiti. The report, "Without Reform, No Return on Investment in Haiti," is available at http://lugar.senate.gov/issues/foreign/lac/haiti/. "This report highlights the key political and business impediments, which are threatening the reconstruction effort and making Haiti an even less attract… Continue Reading


July 08, 2010

Lugar: Romney Misinformed on New START Treaty

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN), the former Chairman and now Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement: Governor Mitt Romney's hyperbolic attack on the New START Treaty in the July 6 edition of The Washington Post repeats discredited objections and appears unaware of arms control history and context. In advancing these arguments, he rejects the Treaty's unequivocal endorsement by the Defense Department led by Secretary Robert Gates and the Join… Continue Reading


July 01, 2010

Kerry and Lugar: GAO Study on Workforce Gaps at USAID Reaffirms Urgent Need to Reform Agency

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) report emphasizing the need for comprehensive strategic planning to meet workforce needs at USAID, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN), who authored the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009 to help address USAID's gaps in capacity, today issued the following statements: "The strength of USAID lies with its people, officers who … Continue Reading


July 01, 2010

Kerry and Lugar: GAO Study on Workforce Gaps at USAID Reaffirms Urgent Need to Reform Agency

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) report emphasizing the need for comprehensive strategic planning to meet workforce needs at USAID, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN), who authored the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009 to help address USAID's gaps in capacity, today issued the following statements: "The strength of USAID lies with its people, officers who … Continue Reading


July 01, 2010

Lugar Applauds Belated Confirmation of Broadcasting Board of Governors

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar applauded the Senate's confirmation yesterday of the full slate of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The eight-member Board, whose names were sent to the Senate in November 2009, is composed of four Republicans and four Democrats and provides crucial oversight and policy guidance to America's overseas broadcasting entities including the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio/TV Marti, Radio Free Asia and Arabic-language Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa. "This will be the… Continue Reading


June 25, 2010

Senate Passes Lugar bill to permanently authorize Radio Free Asia

The United States Senate unanimously approved U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar's legislation to promote the free dissemination of information in East Asia through the permanent authorization of Radio Free Asia (RFA). Senators Ted Kaufman (D-DE), Al Franken (D-MN), and Dan Inouye (D-HI), Jim Risch (R-ID) and Jim Webb (D-VA) cosponsored the legislation, S. 3104. "The Senate's unanimous approval of this legislation indicates the importance we place on the free flow of information, particularly in countries n… Continue Reading


June 25, 2010

U.S. Senate Passes Kerry-Lugar Resolution On Kyrgyzstan

U.S. Senate Passes Kerry-Lugar Resolution On Kyrgyzstan WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to the crisis in southern Kyrgyzstan, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) today issued the following statements announcing the Senate's unanimous passage of a resolution calling for all parties to refrain from violence and attend to the civilians who have been displaced or injured. "We are saddened by the tragic loss of life in Kyrgyzstan and the… Continue Reading


June 22, 2010

Nunn-Lugar May 2010 Update

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar announced the following progress in the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program last month. 6 Strategic nuclear warheads deactivated 2 Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) destroyed 6 ICBM mobile launchers destroyed 4 nuclear weapons transport train shipments secured 59 metric tons of Russian chemical weapons agent neutralized Earlier this week, Purdue University received a $1.6 million grant under Nunn-Lugar Global to work with three Pakistani i… Continue Reading


June 22, 2010

Statement on J.S. Tissainayagam’s pardon by Senators Kerry, Lugar and Casey

Washington, D.C.--Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, Ranking Member Dick Lugar and Subcommittee Chairman on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., today welcomed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's decision to pardon journalist J.S. Tissainayagam, who had been convicted last year and sentenced to 20 years of hard labor. Mr. Tissainayagam, a respected Sri Lankan Tamil journalist, was convicted under the country's anti-terrorism … Continue Reading


June 10, 2010

Kerry, Lugar Announce Second Series Of Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearings On The New START Treaty

WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-IN) today released a schedule for the second round of hearings on the New START Treaty. The Committee has held five hearings thus far with current and former administration officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, former Secretaries of State James Baker and Henry Kissinge… Continue Reading


May 18, 2010

U.S.-Mexico Drug and Organized Crime Fighting Efforts Making Progress but Still Need Bolstering, New Report Says

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Dick Lugar today released a report on the progress of U.S.-Mexican efforts to defeat organized crime and drug trafficking. The report, "Common Enemy, Common Struggle: Progress in U.S.-Mexican Efforts to Defeat Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking," will be formally published by the Government Printing Office later this week. Lugar will meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderón on Thursday, following the president's address to a joi… Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

Kerry, Lugar Announce Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing Schedule for New START Treaty

WASHINGTON, DC - With the Obama Administration poised to formally submit the New START Treaty to the U.S. Senate for its advice and consent to ratification, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-IN) today released a schedule of upcoming hearings. "We look forward to receiving the New START Treaty and shepherding it through the ratification process. In the coming weeks, we will conduct a series of hearings with administration witness… Continue Reading


May 10, 2010

Kerry, Lugar Urge Administration To Move Forward On The U.S.-Korean Trade Agreement

Washington, D.C.---Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) today sent a letter to the Administration calling for the timely resolution of outstanding issues related to theU.S.-South Korean trade agreement. Senators Kerry and Lugar argue that it is in the best economic and strategic interest of the United States to strengthen ties with its allies. The United States should work with South Korea to resolve legitimate concerns and quickly … Continue Reading


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

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