Washington (February 4, 2021) – Senator Edward J. Markey
(D-Mass), top Democrat on the East Asia subcommittee of the Foreign Relations
Committee, released the following statement following President Biden’s speech
during his first official visit to the State Department in his capacity as
President of the United States.
“Today, President Biden demonstrated the statesmanship and
seriousness needed to address the global challenges facing our nation and
repair America’s standing in the world, and I look forward to helping the
Administration build back a better foreign policy,” said Senator Markey. “The President reaffirmed his
commitment to climate action, human rights, nuclear arms control, and LGBTQI+
asylum seekers and refugees,” said Senator Markey. “The President also
rightfully recognized the outstanding contributions of our dedicated diplomatic
corps and emphasized his support to for them as they work hand-in-hand with our
international partners and allies to tackle issues of intrinsic importance to
Americans at home.
“President Biden’s call to Burmese military forces to
refrain from violence and return power to the democratically elected,
civilian-led government is a reminder to the world that the United States
supports the efforts of those committed to the hard work of transitioning to
democracy. We must stand with the international community to act in unity to
support the democratic will of the people of Burma, who have already suffered
too much in their quest for freedom.
“Boldly standing up to the Kremlin for its poisoning of
Alexey Navalny and its subsequent jailing of the opposition-leader and his
peaceful supporters who took to the streets, alongside extension the nuclear
New START treaty for an additional five years shows that the United States will
guard against a rerun of the 20th century nuclear arms race and the
authoritarianism of President Vladimir Putin.
“President Biden’s commitment to increasing foreign
assistance programs that will protect basic human rights, including those of
the LGBTQI community, as well as to reversing his predecessor’s callous refugee
policy reflects a bedrock American dedication to human rights. I have
introduced legislation to raise the refugee admission cap and look forward to
working with the Administration to once again offer the protection of the
United States to those fleeing violence, persecution, and war."