Honoring Senator John Kerryby Senator Barbara Boxer
Posted on 2013-01-31
BOXER. Madam President, I rise today to pay tribute to my
colleague and friend, Senator John Kerry, as his distinguished career
in the U.S. Senate comes to an end.
While I am sad to see him go, I am so proud that Senator Kerry will be continuing his long record of service to the United States as Secretary of State.
For more than 13 years, I have had the privilege of serving with Senator Kerry on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Throughout that time, Senator Kerry has consistently shown a tremendous breadth of knowledge regarding the key foreign policy challenges of the day.
Most recently as chairman of the Committee, Senator Kerry championed Senate ratification of the New START treaty--making both our country and the world safer from the threat of nuclear proliferation.
And on a wide range of issues--from United States policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan to efforts to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians--he has offered thought-provoking insight and expertise.
That is why I believe that no one is as prepared as Senator Kerry to serve as our Nation's top diplomat.
I am particularly proud of the many issues we have worked on together, including fighting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, addressing climate change, and working to end human trafficking around the globe.
I am also grateful that Senator Kerry worked with me to establish the first-ever Senate subcommittee dedicated to ending violence against and promoting the advancement of women and girls around the globe.
I look forward to continuing to work on these and the many other foreign policy challenges facing our country with our new Secretary of State, Senator Kerry, and wish him all the best in his new position.