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March 11, 2015
The action taken by forty-seven Republican Senators in sending a letter to the leaders of Iran was ill-advised, inappropriate, and partisan, and it weakens America's position in the world while undermining critical negotiations.
March 11, 2015
I think [Senate Republicans’ letter to Iran] was ill-advised. It was sophomoric in many ways, and I that think it gave comfort to our enemies and pause to our allies.
March 3, 2015
Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke before a joint meeting of Congress regarding the ongoing negotiations with Iran, and I share his concerns about the trustworthiness of Iran’s leaders. 
February 11, 2015
Today’s announcement by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman ought to be welcome news to our nation’s manufacturers and agricultural exporters.  
January 20, 2015
This evening, President Obama laid out a vision of an America that prioritizes a strong and growing middle class. 
January 7, 2015
I join in standing with the people of Paris and our oldest ally France in the wake of the tragic and heinous attack against the office of the Charlie Hebdo magazine this morning.
December 17, 2014
I join in praising the release of Alan Gross and express tremendous relief at his safe return to his family.
December 17, 2014
I join in thanking Raj Shah for his service these past five years as Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development. 
December 17, 2014
I join in congratulating Jonathan Stivers on his confirmation as USAID Assistant Administrator for Asia last night.
December 16, 2014
Today’s heinous attack against schoolchildren and teachers in Peshawar ought to be condemned universally in the strongest possible terms.
December 3, 2014
Today, the House overwhelmingly passed legislation strengthening U.S.-Israel defense cooperation and expanding energy collaboration, reaffirming America’s strong commitment to Israel’s security and our close ties with its government and people.  
November 24, 2014
I welcome the unified efforts of the P5+1 to reach a final agreement with Iran on the dismantling of its nuclear weapons program. 
November 19, 2014
I was proud to be on hand today for the dedication of a bust of former Czech President Václav Havel in the U.S. Capitol building.  
November 18, 2014
Today's deadly attack on worshippers in a synagogue in Jerusalem was a heinous and vile act.
November 12, 2014
In reaching this important agreement to combat climate change, the United States and China have committed to work together in an ambitious way to address the serious problem of carbon pollution.
November 7, 2014
On Sunday, I will join in marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
October 28, 2014
“Sunday's free and fair election in Ukraine reflects the will of the Ukrainian people to shape their own future. By electing candidates committed to closer ties with Europe and the United States, Ukrainians chose to stay the course towards further integration with the West...
August 22, 2014
Today’s incursion by Russian military vehicles into the territory of Ukraine represents a gross violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and a dangerous escalation by Russia of the tense situation along the border.
August 12, 2014
Today’s announcement of $180 million in food aid to alleviate the threat of famine in South Sudan reflects America’s continued determination to help the people of the world’s newest sovereign state pursue a future of opportunity and peace. 
August 7, 2014
Tonight, President Obama authorized necessary action to protect American personnel and assist Iraqi civilians fleeing the brutal forces of the ISIL terror group...
August 6, 2014
Thank you, Carl – not only for that warm introduction but for three decades of work to advance the cause of freedom around the world. 
August 6, 2014
Thank you, Rep. [Gregory] Meeks, not only for your introduction but for your leadership on the issue of drawing the United States and Africa closer.   One message from this extraordinary gathering of the last few days is that, although Africa faces many challenges, it is a continent of opportunity.
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.