Standing ovation for Sen. John KerryJohn KerryFormer Obama officials say Netanyahu turned down secret peace deal: AP How dealmaker Trump can resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict John Kerry to teach at Yale on global issues MORE, Democrat of Massachusetts and chairman of
the Foreign Relations Committee, for outstanding leadership on and stewardship of
the START Treaty. Standing ovation for Sen. Dick Lugar, Republican of Indiana and
ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, and for the 13 Republican
senators who voted to ratify START.
I have seen many senators come and go, and John Kerry is one of the finest I have ever known. His prodigious work on the START Treaty was a textbook case of what a senator and committee chairman can do, in the best tradition of the Senate.
Kerry's knowledge of nuclear weaponry is comprehensive and deep. His ability to work with Republicans in good faith is profound. His relationships with military leaders, his heroism during the Vietnam War when the served with the United States Navy and his legislative skill as a senator and chairman led to the great triumph for Kerry, the Senate, and American diplomacy today.
The president deserves great credit for the ratification of START. Sen. Lugar deserves credit. The bipartisan group of senators who voted to ratify deserve credit. The Senate majority leader, Harry ReidHarry ReidHopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs If Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first Senate confirms Mulvaney to be Trump’s budget chief MORE (D-Nev.), deserves credit for strong support of the treaty and being fair to all parties in consideration of the treaty.
Today was a great day for the Senate, for American diplomacy and for American security.
Today was John Kerry's finest hour, of many fine hours, and many more to come from one of the great chairmen in the tradition of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.