Foreign Relations

“Our values are our interests. I believe in a world where America works with allies and partners to promote the rule of law, fair justice systems and transparent governance that protect the rights of individuals and encourages strong and vibrant civil societies.”

America is stronger when the Congress and the Executive branch are united on the fundamentals of our foreign policy, though the legislature has a duty to conduct meaningful oversight of executive agencies. By promoting the rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights, we seek to enable every nation’s citizens to have a voice, to live in freedom and to prosper. Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of the press are among the universal human rights worth defending at home and around the world. And we must remember that women’s rights are human rights. Women are the barometer of a nation’s success, and of its stability.

Currently, I serve as the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and co-chair of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission. In both these roles, I strive to defend human rights and democratic institutions, advocating for accountability and transparency, as keys to securing America’s safety and security.