We thank Senator Merkley for doing his due diligence, for unequivocally stating that Black Lives Matter, and standing on principle in his opposition to the nomination of former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve as the ambassador to Japan.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding the nomination of former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Japan:
“Black Lives Matter. Here in the halls of Congress, it is important that we not just speak and believe these words, but put them into action in the decisions we make. I have carefully considered Mayor Emanuel’s record—and the input of civil rights leaders, criminal justice experts, and local elected officials who have reached out to the Senate to weigh in—and I have reached the decision that I cannot support his nomination to serve as a U.S. Ambassador. While I respect Mayor Emanuel’s many years of service, and the points of view of my colleagues who have come to a different conclusion, I will be voting ‘no’ when his nomination comes before the committee.”