As Death Toll From Chinese Earthquake Mounts And Danger Persists, Menendez Expresses Sympathy, Support

As Death Toll From Chinese Earthquake Mounts And Danger Persists, Menendez Expresses Sympathy, Support

Chairman of Senate subcommittee in charge of foreign assistance says U.S. continues to be ready to help where needed

Washington - As the massive death toll from this week's earthquake in China continues to rise and concerns about damaged dams are increasing, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is expressing continuing sympathy and support for those affected by the disaster. Senator Menendez is the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee that oversees foreign assistance programs. He released the following statement:

"It becomes more apparent by the hour that the earthquake in China has caused massive casualties and catastrophic destruction. We sympathize with the Chinese people who have been devastated by this disaster, and we are prepared to help wherever we are needed. It has been reported that the Chinese government has accepted some initial assistance from our government, and we stand ready to fill additional needs. Should the Chinese government require an international effort to provide food and water or disaster response expertise, the U.S. should lead the assistance effort, and based on the administration's statements, I believe we will."

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