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  • Washington, DC –Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today announced that the Committee will hold a public hearing on July 29th  on the circumstances surrounding last year’s release of Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi, the Libyan official who was convicted of orchestrating the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in...
  • Washington, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today welcomed a letter co-written by former Secretary of State George Shultz and former Senator Sam Nunn who strongly endorsed the New START Treaty and called for its expeditious ratification. Shultz and Nunn also sent an identical letter to Ranking Member Dick...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman John Kerry and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are releasing more than 1,000 pages of previously classified testimony and transcripts from closed hearings in 1967 and 1968, a tumultuous period in U.S. history that echoes many of the issues confronting the country today. In authorizing release of the...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the sixth month anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement: “As we pause today to remember the lives lost and communities devastated as a result of the terrible earthquake in Haiti, we must also assess what we have done for...
  • Washington, D.C.--- By opposing ratification of the New START Treaty in an op-ed in yesterday’s Washington Post, Mitt Romney puts himself at odds with the vast majority of Republican and Democrat foreign policy and national security experts who have stated unequivocally that the New START Treaty will enhance America’s security....
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) authored the following op-ed in today’s Washington Post titled “How New-START will improve our nation’s security.” The full text of the op-ed is below: How New-START will improve our nation’s security By John Kerry July 7, 2010 Even...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. –Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) sent the following letter in response to Senator Corker’s (R-TN) letter on the Committee holding hearings on the U.S. mission in Afghanistan prior to the July Fourth congressional recess: June 25, 2010 The Honorable Bob Corker US Senate 185 Dirksen Senate...
  • 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...
  • Washington, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today after passage of H.R. 2194, Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act:   “Today, Congress takes an important and forceful step to address one of the most serious national security challenges...
  • Washington, D.C. – As the Senate Foreign Relations Committee convenes its ninth and tenth hearings today on the New START Treaty, Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) lauded a statement released by thirty former high-ranking national security leaders in support of the treaty. This statement, issued by the Partnership for a Secure America, includes a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Washington, D.C.---Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement today congratulating Benigno Aquino II as the next president of the Republic of the Philippines:  “I congratulate President Aquino on his election as the next president of the Republic of the Philippines.  My colleagues...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Following passage of United Nations Security Council sanctions against Iran this morning, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) issued the following statement hailing the resolution: “I applaud today’s United Nations Security Council vote to significantly expand both the scale and scope of...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. –Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released the following statement applauding President Obama’s National Security Strategy, which he said breaks decisively with the Bush-era approach to the world.  Instead of casting U.S. foreign policy through the prism of conflict, the new...
  • Washington, D.C.---Under the leadership of Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), ranking Republican on the subcommittee on international development and foreign assistance, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today approved bipartisan legislation that would support the rebuilding of Haiti...
  • Washington, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today held a hearing with Dr. Henry Kissinger on the role of modern-day strategic arms control and the New START Treaty.  Dr. Kissinger has played a vital role in American arms control efforts and continues to shape public discourse on nuclear strategy. ...
  • WASHINGTON, DC –Following today’s luncheon with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry released the following statement:  “I am pleased to welcome President Karzai and his ministers to Congress and to Washington.  President Karzai has brought much of his Cabinet with...