WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) today released the following statement on the nomination of Samantha Power to be Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

“I am excited to see that the President-elect has chosen Samantha Power to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development, the federal agency responsible for foreign assistance. This is a critical position, and I am confident that Ambassador Power’s values, experience, and vision will serve her well in this role. Ambassador Power knows what it means to respect human rights, defend democracy, foster economic development, and work tirelessly to prevent atrocities abroad. From her early days as a journalist to her work as U.S. Ambassador to the UN, she has shown a deep understanding of the national security and humanitarian challenges facing the U.S., our allies, and our partners.

“As COVID-19 continues to ravage communities around the globe, we must swiftly confirm a leader for USAID to harness the international community to confront this pandemic. I look forward to working closely with Ambassador Power, President-elect Biden, and his impressive national security team to deliver strong results.”