08.03.12

President Nominates Leahy To U.S. Congressional Delegation To The United Nations

WASHINGTON (FRIDAY, Aug. 3) -- President Obama has nominated Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to be a representative of the United States with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, for the upcoming 67th Session of the UN’s General Assembly.  The General Assembly’s session opens Sept. 18.   

Leahy, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations, has long been a leader in the U.S. Senate on human rights and foreign policy issues.  Also nominated to the U.S. delegation is Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

Leahy and Isakson will consult leaders of the U.S. delegation in assisting with U.S. priorities before the United Nations, such as the crisis in Syria.

Leahy served twice before on congressional delegations to the United Nations, appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994, when Leahy worked to help lay the groundwork for the eventual international treaty to ban the production, use and export of anti-personnel landmines, and in 2004 by President George W. Bush.

Leahy said, “The United States and the United Nations face great challenges across the globe.  We need the United Nations to succeed, and we need to be constructive in our relationship with the UN.  I want to continue to do what I can to improve our vital working relationship.”

The U.S. Congressional Delegation to the UN includes one member of each party.  Membership rotates between the Senate and the House.   

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