Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chairman of the Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, and Co-Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, made the following remarks in response to President Obama’s selection of Senator John Kerry to be his next Secretary of State.
“I have had the privilege of serving on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with Senator Kerry since arriving in the U.S. Senate six years ago. He is fully prepared to tackle all of the challenges that will face him as America’s top diplomat. The next Secretary of State will need to be open to systemic reforms within the Department while remaining a strong advocate for America’s interests around the world. Senator Kerry is well respected among his colleagues in the Senate and I look forward to a prompt and thorough confirmation process that will provide an opportunity to address some of the serious security and political challenges facing American diplomats and development professionals abroad.”