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  • 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...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) today released a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) study of the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF).  The report was commissioned by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Congress created the Vietnam...
  • Washington, D.C.-- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) today issued statements applauding Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), for reestablishing the bureau for policy, planning, and learning within USAID. This bureau will restore...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today offered support to Prime Minister Papandreou, condemned the violence in Greece, and applauded the funding support package announced for Greece by the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). “I offer my moral support to Prime Minister...
  • Washington, D.C.—Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today issued the following statement in response to the announcement from the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator that the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will commit $30 million to support Tanzania, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John F. Kerry (D-MA) today issued a statement in support of the Obama Administration’s efforts to strengthen the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Senator Kerry emphasized that ratifying the New START treaty and strengthening the NPT are two critical steps toward improving our national...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee majority staff has issued a report examining the effectiveness of Radio and TV Marti titled, “Cuba: Immediate Action Is Needed to Ensure the Survivability of Radio and TV Marti”.  Radio Marti was created in 1983 to support the Cuban people in their quest for...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released the following statement celebrating the opening of the 2010 Shanghai Expo:    “I congratulate the people of China on the opening of World Expo 2010in Shanghai and wish them every success with this endeavor.  Expo 2010...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. James Schlesinger and Dr. William Perry, two veteran arms control experts, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in testimony today that the New START Treaty should be approved for ratification by the Senate. Both of them said they believe the Senate has an obligation to approve the treaty as an important step...
  • Washington, D.C.---For the first time since 2005, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today passed bipartisan legislation approving an overall budget and policy framework for the U.S. State Department, Peace Corps, and Broadcasting Board of Governors. Under the leadership of Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and...
  • Washington, D.C.-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) will mark up the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2010-11(S.2971) at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, in Room S-116 of the U.S. Capitol. The mark up will authorize funding levels for the State Department and related...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. –Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today chaired a hearing to explore the steps that Congress and the Administration can take to lessen world hunger and improve food security. “As we gather here on Earth Day, we must recognize that this already urgent challenge is poised to grow in the years...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. –Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today issued the following statement in response to escalating political unrest in Thailand: “As a friend of our long-time ally Thailand, I am deeply concerned about the recent political unrest in Bangkok and saddened by the related violence. I hope thatall...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. –Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today cautioned that the $4 billion cut to the international affairs budget, which passed out of the Budget Committee markup for the FY 2011 Senate Budget Resolution this afternoon, puts into jeopardy key foreign policy and national security priorities. “Our...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. –Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN), along with 29 senators from both parties,asked Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Ranking Member Judd Gregg (R-NH) to support the President’s FY 2011 $58.5 billion dollar request for the U.S....
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. –Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) introduced legislation that will redefine U.S. embassy and consulate design and enhance their security. The Embassy Design and Security Act of 2010 will mandate a new generation of secure and sustainable diplomatic and consular...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.–Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released a statement in response to a series of earthquakes that struck a mountainous region in western China: “I am saddened to hear news of a major earthquake in the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of western China. This region is one of the...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) released the following statement today about the historic two-day nuclear security summit: “The leaders of 47 nations are gathering in Washington this week to discuss the critical matter of how to keep nuclear weapons materials out of the hands of...
  • 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 Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar...
  • 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,...