A day after the man behind the Times Square terror plot confessed to receiving training and financing from the Pakistani Taliban, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) revealed Tuesday that the U.S. State Department still has not added the organization to the official list of terrorist groups. The senators announced they would offer legislation to require the Pakistani Taliban to be immediately designated as a terrorist group. The designation is a critical step in combating foreign terrorist groups. It triggers a series of steps, including: freezing of assets, barring foreign nationals with ties to the group from entering the U.S., and criminalizing the act of providing any material assistance to the group.
Senator Menendez participates in the groundbreaking of a new solar power installation at the New Jersey headquarters of Dow Jones & Co. This installation will be one of the nation’s largest solar power generating facilities on a corporate site.
Senator Menendez holds a press conference on the Jersey City waterfront to discuss efforts he is leading in the Senate to ensure that the federal government coordinates with East Coast states to prepare for the possibility of the BP oil spill entering the Atlantic Ocean. Menendez was joined by shore business owners, scientists and other New Jerseayans who are also closely monitoring the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Senator Menenedez joins the Boys & Girls Club of Lodi & Hackensack and as they honor community leaders at the organization's largest Community Service Recognition Dinner. In his speech, Menendez celebrates the spirit of community service and the dedication of the awardees, including the cities' mayors Bruce Masopust and Marlin Townes.
Senator Menendez congratulates Judge Joseph Greenaway on his ascension to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The New Jersey U.S. Senate Delegation nominated Judge Greenaway in 2009, and Menendez had taken to the Senate floor on numerous occasions to speak in favor of Greenaway. Greenaway has been a District Judge on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey since 1996.