"Vermonters are outward looking and have a long history of working to make life better here at home and across the globe. I have been privileged to serve as a voice for Vermont on foreign policy matters. That is why I have chosen for so many years to head one of the two Senate committees responsible for U.S. foreign affairs and protecting our global interests.
"This panel is where American values are put into action and funding decisions are made to advance our national security interests, to improve the lives of the world's poor, and to make the world safer, healthier, cleaner and more prosperous. I am proud that Vermont will continue to have a center seat at the table as these decisions are made. And now, as the most senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I will play an even more active role in the full scope of the committee's work, and in every aspect of particular importance to Vermont.
"I especially look forward to helping John Kerry in the new role I expect him to assume as our next Secretary of State. These are uncertain times, requiring steady hands at the tiller. From Afghanistan, Iran and Syria to the Horn of Africa and the Far East, the need for clear-eyed U.S. leadership and responsiveness has never been greater."