JERSEYCITY, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) issued the following statement on the passing of Congressman Alcee Hastings, the longtime Congressman from South Florida:

“South Florida and the country have lost a powerful voice for justice and equality in America. As a pioneering civil rights activist throughout his career, Congressman Hastings fought for a version of our nation that lived up to its promise and for a government that recognized the needs of everyone. He was never a man to fear anything, and during the last two years he never stopped fighting for his constituents and all Americans – even as he faced his toughest battle. Today, as we mourn the passing of our good friend, may we find solace in his courage and may his memory inspire us during the battles ahead.”