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July 29, 2014
Since helping to broker the agreement that led to South Sudan’s independence in 2011, the United States has been committed to helping the world’s newest state build democratic institutions and pursue peaceful economic development.
July 29, 2014
In announcing expanded sanctions today against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his chief backers - Russia's largest banks, a major defense contractor, and the country's oil industry - the Administration is sending a clear message that Russia will continue to face consequences unless it ceases its interference in Ukraine's sovereign affairs and works with the international community to promote an end to the bloodshed
July 29, 2014
It is a serious time in which we meet. It is a time when history will record that we had the resolve to prevail, or we did not. 
July 28, 2014
As the world marks the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War today, I join in remembering the service and sacrifices of so many American military personnel who answered the call to fight on distant shores in defense of democracy and values we hold dear.  
July 22, 2014
I congratulate Rep. Brad Schneider of Illinois for his hard work bringing the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act to the Floor today, and I was pleased to vote for its passage.
July 22, 2014
Thank you, members of the Commission, for this opportunity to make a statement.  I want to thank the Commission for conducting this critical hearing as well as to extend my gratitude to the three witnesses, each of whom serves a critical function in advancing the OSCE’s mission of protecting freedom and democracy. 
July 18, 2014
The loss of so many innocent lives onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is both a tragedy and an outrage. 
July 18, 2014
“We are writing to apprise you of a meeting we recently hosted with diplomats from Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, and South Sudan on the crisis in South Sudan,” the letter stated. 
July 17, 2014
Hamas has now rejected a cease fire and used innocent Palestinians as human shields for their rocket launchers, and yesterday they brazenly launched a raid against an Israeli border town using an underground tunnel.  
July 16, 2014
President Obama’s decision to enforce new sanctions against some of Russia’s largest banks, energy companies, and defense contractors ought to be a clear sign to President Vladimir Putin that the United States and our European allies will not stand idly by as Ukraine’s sovereignty is threatened.
July 14, 2014
In passing this resolution, the House came together to stand in support of Israel’s right to defend itself against an onslaught of rockets fired at peaceful communities within its borders. 
July 11, 2014
“America has much to gain through close engagement and partnership with the world’s largest democracy,” said Whip Hoyer.
June 17, 2014
We have a real stake in this, a real interest in this. The question becomes, okay, what do you do? 
June 10, 2014
I join in congratulating Reuven Rivlin on being chosen to succeed Israeli President Shimon Peres when his term ends next month.
June 5, 2014
Obviously, we believe that global warming is a very, very serious issue, not only from a health standpoint, but from an economic standpoint, and we think that this is a movement in the right direction.
June 2, 2014
I am disappointed that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has invited Hamas, a terrorist organization responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent people, to join a new unity government. 
May 25, 2014
Today's election in Ukraine represents an important step forward for the ideals that brought thousands to Maidan Square to demand accountable leaders and self determination for their country.
May 23, 2014
Today, the World Trade Organization issued an important ruling that makes clear that China must cease its unfair practice of imposing trade barriers against America’s auto industry. 
May 8, 2014
I am deeply disappointed that House Republicans continue to politicize a national tragedy.
May 8, 2014
No one should doubt where Congress stands on the brutal kidnapping of nearly 300 girls and young women in Nigeria, but this resolution, which I am proud to cosponsor, will make it very clear that America remains committed to helping bring them home and ensuring that their plight will not fade from the world’s attention
May 6, 2014
I strongly condemn the recent kidnapping of more than 300 teenage girls in Nigeria.  Their abduction at the hands of extremists must not be met with silence or complacence on the part of the Nigerian government or the international community.
May 5, 2014
As Israelis mark sixty-six years of independence, I join in celebrating with them and with the millions of Jews around the world who look to the modern State of Israel as the fulfillment of a 2,000 year-old dream.
April 28, 2014
I join in observing Yom HaShoah today, a day of remembrance and reflection on the evils of genocide. 
April 24, 2014
Today we honor the lives of the 1.5 million victims lost in the Armenian genocide, one of the worst atrocities of our time.