Menendez: Senate Resolution Condemning UNSC ‘Should Still Proceed’
WASHINGTON – Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) clarified on Thursday that the stalled S. Resolution 6 assailing the December UN Security Council vote critical of Israel is still alive. The New Jersey legislator told Jewish Insider outside of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) hearing, “As far as I am concerned, it should still proceed.”
Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) placed a “hold” last month on the legislation to allow Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) an opportunity to offer his amendment criticizing settlements before the Senate floor.
“It is still valuable to have the Senate on record in opposition to what the rest of the world says that the actions taken by the former Administration is not in the views of the majority of the members of the US Senate,” Menendez added. When asked when he expected the bill to proceed to a Senate floor vote, he noted, “That’s up to the Republican leadership.” 78 Senators have co-sponsored the bill.
Menendez was one of three Democratic Senators who joined Republicans on the SFRC to oppose Udall’s amendment critiquing settlements during a January 12 committee vote.