Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), a senior member of the House Financial Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, released the following statement on Ambassador Susan Rice's decision to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State:
"It is disappointing that politically motivated attacks by Senate Republicans have derailed the President's consideration of Ambassador Rice for Secretary of State. These unfair attacks have shown the willingness of the GOP to put political games above our nation's best interest. Ambassador Rice's work as our Ambassador to the United Nations exemplifies her outstanding ability to advance America's interest on some of the toughest geopolitical issues we face. She understands the benefits of multilateral action, and has ably moved in that realm to the benefit of our country's security across a broad array of challenges from Iran sanctions to, Israel's security. Politics should never come before what is best for America. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans are still willing to put politics before progress, and this time around a stalwart public servant was their target."