WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement today after the Biden administration announced it will respond to the coup in Myanmar by freezing U.S. government assistance and imposing economic sanctions:

“I welcome today’s announcement by President Biden that his administration will take concrete and targeted measures to demonstrate to the Burmese military that their actions are unacceptable. As I’ve said before, there must be real consequences if Aung San Suu Kyi and the rest of Burma’s elected leaders are not immediately freed and allowed to resume their rightful place at the head of a civilian government.
 
“I look forward to continuing to work with President Biden and Secretary Blinken as we return our values to the forefront of our foreign policy and to stand with the people of Burma in the face of military oppression and to assure robust forward-leaning U.S. engagement in the Indo-Pacific.”