Executive Sessionby Senator Amy Klobuchar
Posted on 2013-01-29
KLOBUCHAR. Mr. President, I am proud to support the confirmation
of our colleague Senator Kerry to be Secretary of State. Senator Kerry
is one of our Nation's great leaders in foreign affairs, and has been
since he arrived in the Senate 28 years ago. His remarkable record
speaks for itself, but I would especially like to recognize and thank
him for his service as chairman of Foreign Relations Committee over the
past 4 years.
=========================== NOTE =========================== On page S350, January 29, 2013, the Record reads: Mr. President. I am proud to support . . .
The online Record has been corrected to read: Ms. KLOBUCHAR.
========================= END NOTE ========================= In addition to his hands-on diplomacy in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, and elsewhere around the globe, Senator Kerry has fought to bring up more treaties for Senate consideration. We of course remember his leadership during the consideration of the New START treaty in 2010, which has enabled a responsible reduction of our nuclear arsenal in concert with Russia. But he also worked to bring forward the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and held hearings on the Convention on the Law of the Sea, two important international agreements that the United States has not ratified. Trying to shepherd treaties through the Senate is a much less glamorous task than traveling to summits overseas, but Senator Kerry approached them with the same level of passion and energy. He fought for these treaties because he truly believes in the importance of American leadership in the world, and he understands that that leadership does not come solely from our military strength but our commitment to dialogue and diplomacy.
Senator Kerry will undoubtedly serve as Secretary of State with the same honor and integrity that have defined his career. It will be up to us to continue his legacy in the Senate, and I look forward to continuing to work with him as he takes on this new challenge.