Ranking Member's Press

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


June 10, 2009

Kerry, Lugar, Casey, Brown, Brownback, Leahy Mark The End To Sri Lanka's Civil War

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-IN), Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs and Senators Brown (D-OH), Brownback (R-KS) and Leahy (D-VT) joined to release the following statement today in response to Sri Lanka's President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, declaring an end to the decades long civil war: "We welcome the news that … Continue Reading


June 07, 2009

Chairman Kerry Statement On The Lebanese Elections

Washington, D.C.-- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement in response Lebanon's successful parliamentary elections: "Today's parliamentary elections marked a significant step forward for democracy in Lebanon. The people of Lebanon should be commended for rejecting violence and showing their commitment to legitimate political discourse with a spirited campaign and high voter turnout. "If early results hold, the leaders of the… Continue Reading


June 06, 2009

Chairman Kerry Statement On The 65th Anniversary of D-Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement commemorating the 65th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy (D-Day): "Sixty-five years later we remain a country in awe of the heroism of the young men who stormed the beaches of Normandy to fight and die so others could be free. There is no greater example of America's values and commitment than the sacrifice those young men made for their country and the world and… Continue Reading


June 03, 2009

Chairman Kerry Urges Larger US-Pakistan Relief Effort For The Humanitarian Crisis In Pakistan

WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today in response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation among Pakistanis displaced by fighting in the Swat Valley: "The humanitarian crisis in Swat gets worse every day, which is why it's so critical that the government of Pakistan and the Obama Administration undertake immediate joint relief operations modeled on our successful efforts following the 2005 Kashmir ear… Continue Reading


May 19, 2009

Kerry Says Strengthened Fuel Standards "Shot Heard Round the World" in Global Climate Battle

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, today praised the Obama administration for its plan to establish the first ever nationwide regulation for greenhouse gases. Obama also called for increasing fuel economy standards for new cars and light trucks and pushing up the timeline for implementing those standards. "This will be a shot heard round the world in the battle against climate change and it will reverberate around the globe as w… Continue Reading


May 19, 2009

Chairman Kerry Welcomes Humanitarian Aid Package For Pakistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), released the following statement today in response to the Administration's decision to provide Pakistan more than $100 million in humanitarian support: "I applaud the Administration's pledge of more than $100 million in humanitarian aid for Pakistanis displaced by the violence in Swat valley. Last week, in a Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Pakistan, I strongly urged Special Representative Richar… Continue Reading


May 19, 2009

Chairman Kerry Welcomes Humanitarian Aid Package For Pakistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), released the following statement today in response to the Administration's decision to provide Pakistan more than $100 million in humanitarian support: "I applaud the Administration's pledge of more than $100 million in humanitarian aid for Pakistanis displaced by the violence in Swat valley. Last week, in a Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Pakistan, I strongly urged Special Representative Richar… Continue Reading


May 12, 2009

Chairman Kerry On Poison Attacks Against Girls in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today in response to news reports of extremists conducting poison attacks on girls schools in Afghanistan: "I am deeply troubled by reports of poison attacks on school girls in Afghanistan, endangering hundreds of students and teachers. Today's attack on girls in a school in Kapisa province follows two recent attacks on school girls in the nearby town of Charikar in Parvan … Continue Reading


May 05, 2009

Chairman Kerry Statement On The Situation In Georgia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement on the attempted munity in Georgia: "It is our understanding that the mutineers have been apprehended and the situation is now calm. Georgia is an independent, democratic republic and any attempt to change the government of that country through non-democratic means is unacceptable. The Georgian people are committed to live in a sovereign, democratic nation and the… Continue Reading

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