Chairman's Press

May 26, 2022

Senadores Menéndez, Blunt, Kaine, Wicker, Cardin y Moran Presentan Proyecto de Ley del Bicentenario de la Alianza entre Estados Unidos y Colombia

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el Senado, hoy fue acompañado por los Senadores Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), y Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) en presentar el Proyecto de Ley del Bicentenario de la Alianza entre Estados Unidos y Colombia, legislación bipartidista que establece una agenda integral para fortalecer la relación diplomática entre EE.UU. … Continue Reading


May 26, 2022

Senate Republicans Block Menendez Motion to Confirm Nominees to Foreign Policy Positions Critical to U.S. Efforts to Counter Malign Chinese Influence Abroad

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today took to the Floor to make a series of motions seeking the Senate's immediate confirmation of the nominations of Mr. Leopoldo Martinez to be Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank and Dr. Monde Muyangwa to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. Both nominations, which are critical to U.S. efforts to counter Chinese malign … Continue Reading


May 26, 2022

Menendez, Risch, Merkley, Young, Booker, Thune Announce Bipartisan Senate Resolution Condemning Starvation as an Act of War

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (R-Ore.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and SFRC Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) in introducing a bipartisan Senate resolution condemning the use of hunger as a weapon of war, as well as recognizing the effect of conflicts on global food security and famine. "Purposefully starving civilians as a weapon of warfare is a … Continue Reading


May 26, 2022

Senators Menendez, Blunt, Kaine, Wicker, Cardin, Moran Introduce the United States-Colombia Bicentennial Alliance Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) in introducing the United States-Colombia Bicentennial Alliance Act of 2022, bipartisan legislation that lays out a comprehensive agenda for U.S.-Colombia relations focused on expanding engagement on issues of inclusive economic growth, peace and democratic gover… Continue Reading


May 25, 2022

SFRC Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Hearing on JCPOA Negotiations and United States Policy on Iran Moving Forward

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks at this morning's full Committee hearing on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Negotiations and United States policy on Iran moving forward. Testifying before the Committee were Special Envoy for Iran Mr. Robert Malley; Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Senior Fellow Mr. Karim Sadjadpour; and Chief Executive Officer for the Foundation … Continue Reading


May 23, 2022

Chairman Menendez Statement on Pres. Biden’s Launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework to Counter China

Davos, Switzerland - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after President Joe Biden announced on Monday the launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), a comprehensive economic plan between 13 countries to expand economic leadership in the Indo-Pacific region and counter China's growing influence: "I applaud the President's announcement of IPEF and his leadership on economic engagement with the Indo-Paci… Continue Reading


May 23, 2022

Menendez, Risch, Schumer, McConnell, Colleagues Introduce Resolution in Support of Finland, Sweden Joining NATO

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) last Thursday introduced a resolution in support of Finland's and Sweden's accession to NATO. "I'm proud to join my colleagues to introduce this Resolution as a testament to our co… Continue Reading


May 19, 2022

As the U.S. prepares to Host Summit of the Americas, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation to Uphold Inter-American Democratic Charter

WASHINGTON - Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) was joined today by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in introducing the Upholding the Inter-American Democratic Charter Act of 2022. Unveiled in advance of the Ninth Summit of the Americas-scheduled to take place in Los Angeles next month-the new bipartisan legislation proposes a series of initiatives to strengthen the United States' cooperation with the Organiz… Continue Reading


May 19, 2022

Menendez Statement on Senate Passage of Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate voted to approve the Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, a $40 billion package of military, economic and humanitarian aid to Ukraine requested by President Joe Biden: "I am proud to see the Senate and the House demonstrate our enduring commitment to Ukraine as Vladimir Putin continues his unprovoked and illegal assault. The authorization of th… Continue Reading


May 19, 2022

Menendez, Risch, Shaheen, Johnson Introduce Senate Resolution Commending Moldova’s Leadership in Supporting Ukrainian Refugees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today were joined by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) in introducing a Senate resolution commending Moldova for its extraordinary efforts in supporting Ukrainian refugees fleeing Putin's illegal war against Ukraine and expressing support for Moldova's sovereignty and ongoing reforms. In addition to encouraging Moldova's continua… Continue Reading


May 18, 2022

Menendez, Risch Lead 50 Colleagues in Letter to POTUS Championing Taiwan’s Inclusion in Proposed Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF)

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today were joined by 50 of their Senate colleagues in penning a letter to President Joe Biden to urge the Administration's inclusion of Taiwan as a partner in the proposed Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). In addition to recognizing Taiwan's importance to the United States as an important trading partner, the senators underscored that failing to i… Continue Reading


May 17, 2022

Menendez, Risch, Meeks, McCaul Introduce Bicameral Resolution Celebrating Enduring U.S.-Greece Partnership, Welcoming Prime Minister Mitsotakis to the U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, were joined by Representatives Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in introducing a concurrent resolution welcoming His Excellency Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece, to the United States for an address to a joint meeting of Congress. "I am immensely proud t… Continue Reading


May 17, 2022

Declaraciones de Menéndez sobre Cambios de la Administración Biden en la Política de los Estados Unidos hacia Venezuela

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el Senado, emitió las siguientes declaraciones en respuesta a los cambios de la Administración Biden en la política de los Estados Unidos hacia el régimen de Maduro en Venezuela: "Desde Teherán a Havana a Pyongyang, la historia demuestra que las negociaciones basadas en concesiones unilaterales no conllevan a cambios factibles en las acciones de reg&i… Continue Reading


May 17, 2022

Chairman Menendez Statement on Biden Administration’s Changes to Venezuela Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to the Biden administration's changes to U.S. policy towards the Maduro Regime in Venezuela: "From Tehran to Havana to Pyongyang, history shows us negotiations based on unilateral concessions have a failed track record of producing actual changes to the behavior of authoritarian regimes. Giving Maduro a handful of undeserved handouts just so his regime… Continue Reading


May 16, 2022

Declaraciones del Senador Menéndez sobre Cambios en la Política de los Estados Unidos hacia Cuba

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el Senado, emitió las siguientes declaraciones en respuesta a los cambios anunciados por la Administración Biden en la política de Estados Unidos hacia Cuba: "Mientras el régimen de Díaz-Canel continúa su despiadada persecución de innumerables cubanos por participar en las manifestaciones pro-democracia del año pasado, corremos el… Continue Reading


May 16, 2022

Chairman Menendez Statement on Changes to U.S.-Cuba Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the Biden administration's announcement of changes to U.S. policy towards Cuba: "As the Diaz-Canel regime continues its ruthless persecution of countless Cubans from all walks of life for their participation in last year's pro-democracy uprising, today's announcement risks sending the wrong message to the wrong people, at the wrong time and for all the wrong re… Continue Reading


May 13, 2022

Menendez, Inhofe Applaud President Biden Signing Legislation Supporting Taiwan’s Observer Status at WHO’s World Health Assembly

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), co-chairmen of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, today issued the below statements in reaction to President Joe Biden signing their bipartisan legislation to direct the State Department to develop a strategy to assist Taiwan in obtaining observer status at the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, into law. "I am immensely thrilled to see Pre… Continue Reading


May 12, 2022

Menendez, Risch Applaud Senate Passage of Allies and Partners Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, applauded yesterday's Senate passage of their resolution reaffirming the importance of U.S. alliances and the unique strategic advantage they provide to the United States. "As events in Ukraine underscore, there is no question we need to reinvest in strong coalitions to promote our nation's interests and address our most pressing challenges," said Chai… Continue Reading


May 12, 2022

Menendez, Risch Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution Condemning October 2021 Military Coup in Sudan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the below statements following the Senate passage of their concurrent resolution condemning the October 25, 2021 military coup in Sudan: "Yesterday the Senate passed our bipartisan legislation condemning the October 2021 military coup in Sudan and calling on the Secretary of State to immediately identify coup leaders, their accomplices, a… Continue Reading


May 12, 2022

Senators Menendez, Markey, Romney, Risch Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution Commemorating 1991 Cambodia Paris Peace Agreements as President Biden Hosts Southeast Asian Leaders in Washington

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Chairman and Ranking Member of the East Asia Subcommittee on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today welcomed Senate passage of their resolution commemorating the landmark Cambodia Paris Peace Agreements. The Agreements, signed by 19 countries on Octo… Continue Reading

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