Welcome comment from Senator Johnny Isakson to Keith Krach, Under Secretary of State nominee
Nominated to serve as Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, Keith Krach testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on March 27, 2019.
FULL COMMENTS FROM SENATOR ISAKSON. Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. I apologize to the committee in advance.
But two things. One is from a past Member that all of you know. Saxby Chambliss told me on Sunday if I did anything this week, I had to come and make sure that I said good things about Mr. Krach. So I want to say good things about Mr. Krach. I am sure his testimony is going to be as good as his introduction of himself. We are proud to have you and your family here today.
The second thing I want to do is bring up an important issue for our country, particularly for aviation and something that Mr. Krach will have to deal with and I hope deal with it successfully. But we have open skies agreements with a number of the Middle Eastern country-owned airlines who are subsidized by the sovereign wealth funds and compete with the United States by getting into our marketplace through circuitous routes and then compete for personnel and other things at an advantage to our people, which we cannot compete with. I want to make sure Mr. Krach will promise us he will do everything he can to enforce U.S. agreements with foreign airlines coming into the country with regard to open skies and be sure we have fair and equitable play for our airlines and aviation industry in America with the open skies agreements. And I hope he will take that position.
I congratulate you and you have a beautiful family.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Read Life & News’ article on Mr. Krach’s nomination – http://www.lifeandnews.com/articles/white-house-nominates-keith-krach-to-under-secretary-of-state-and-other-key-posts/
Mr. Krach was Life & News’ 2018 Transformational Leader of the Year – http://www.lifeandnews.com/articles/life-and-news-names-keith-krach-2018-transformational-leader-of-the-year/