WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statements praising the Senate’s passage of their resolution to celebrate the life, achievements, and legacy of former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. The bipartisan resolution celebrates Secretary Albright’s efforts to advance a more peaceful, prosperous, and cooperative world order, and offers the Senate’s condolences to Secretary Albright’s loved ones in the wake of her passing.
“As we honor the life and legacy of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in Washington, D.C. this week, I’m glad the Senate was able to pass our resolution recognizing the indispensable work she did on behalf of the United States around the world,” said Ranking Member Risch. “I extend my sincere condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Secretary Albright, and know her legacy as a fierce defender of democracy and internationally-recognized human rights will live on.”
“I am immensely proud to see the Senate approve our bipartisan resolution honoring the life and legacy of my dear friend Secretary Madeleine Albright. As our nation’s first woman Secretary of State and throughout her entire life in public service, Secretary Albright made the constant struggle to defend democracy and advance global human rights and justice the cause of her life. She profoundly changed the dynamics of American diplomatic engagement in the global community, and her legacy will continue to shape our approach to foreign policy for generations to come,” said Chairman Menendez. “May Secretary Albright’s memory serve as a call to action for all who wish to make the world a safer and better place.”
Joining Ranking Member Risch and Chairman Menendez in introducing the resolution were Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).
A copy of the resolution can be found here.