Menendez Leads Democrats in Marking World Refugee Day with Senate Resolution
WASHINGTON – Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of twenty-seven Democratic senators in introducing a Senate Resolution commemorating June 20th as World Refugee Day. The effort draws attention to the ongoing global refugee crisis and reaffirms the United States’ commitment to provide support for the world’s refugees and the countries that host them.
“Today, on World Refugee Day, we find ourselves in the midst of the worst refugee crisis in history. Over 70 million people have fled their homes due to conflict, disaster, and climate change—yet this Administration has sought to slash the foreign assistance budget and the resettlement of refugees to the United States,” said Senator Menendez. “The U.S. must confront this crisis with compassion and generosity, and always in collaboration with our international partners. To shirk our duties as a global leader harms our national security and contributes to the misery of the world’s most vulnerable people.”
Cosponsoring the resolution with Menendez were Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).
A copy of the resolution can be found here.