Past Event / December 7, 2021

Senators Shaheen and Young Honored at USGLC’s Tribute

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Quotes from Senators Shaheen and Young

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH):

  • “My husband is a Lebanese American, and three of his grandfathers immigrated from Lebanon. They came here because they wanted what America stands for… It’s important for us to think about how we can support people in those countries who want what we have in America.”
  • “… When I was governor, I had a Republican legislature. And so I learned very quickly that in order to get something done, we had to work together… And that’s particularly true on foreign policy where we do want politics to end at the water’s edge.”
  • “… Women make up half of the world. And the fact that we’re not very often at the negotiating table for conflict resolution is just bad policy. Because we know when women are involved in the discussion, that whatever the agreement is lasts longer and is more stable.”
  • “We need to be a lot better prepared than we were for this pandemic; we need to understand that this is a global environment that we’re in. And when we’re talking about a virus like COVID… borders don’t mean anything. Unless we get everyone in the world vaccinated, or at least the majority of people, there’s still that threat of mutation.”

Senator Todd Young (R-IN):

  • “[My time serving in the Marine Corps] made me channel my service into how I can make the world a better place. And it just so happens that the United States plays an instrumental role in ensuring that the world remains stable and prosperous. And to the extent we do that furthers our own neighbors’ dreams and ambitions.”
  • “…By working in a bipartisan fashion, you’re drawing more from the talent pool of other United States senators… Jeanne has worked very effectively and actively in the area of foreign affairs. And she’s dealt with military issues. And so I have great respect for the knowledge that she demonstrates on a regular basis.”
  • “…When it comes to our foreign policy especially, we want more than a measure of stability – we want our actions to have some predictability to them. That instills confidence from both adversaries and friends in what our future direction will be, which we typically want. And you’re only going to get that sort of stability when you’re working across the aisle in a bipartisan fashion on many of these foreign affairs issues.”
  • “In the case of pandemics, we’re going to increasingly see more of these, according to the experts. So we most certainly need to be preparing for the next one, based on the lessons we’ve learned here.”