WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today released the following statement on the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris: 

“The inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris marks the start of a new chapter in our nation’s history with leaders in the White House focused on solving problems instead of just creating them, leaders who will fight for all Americans, leaders who will restore dignity to the office and America’s standing around the globe.
“This historic day should bring all of us a sense of optimism and pride.  But I hope it also brings us a sense of resolve as we face enormous challenges: a raging pandemic that has taken 400,000 of our loved ones, friends and neighbors; a spiraling economic crisis that is crushing hardworking families and small businesses and disproportionately hurting low-income and minority communities; the existential threat of climate change; and civil unrest that threatens to tear our country apart. 
“I look forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration to put the needs of the American people above all else. We must defeat COVID-19, create a fairer economy that works for everyone, protect our environment, strengthen our democracy, and heal our divided nation.  We may be living through some very dark times, but today is a new dawn in America with brighter days ahead for the United States and for our families.”