Chairman's Press

September 22, 2021

Menendez, Rubio, Kaine, Cardin, Durbin and Cassidy Introduce Senate Resolution to Strengthen Humanitarian Support for Venezuelan Women and Children

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ranking Member and Chairman of the SFRC Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, and Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) in introducing a bipartisan Senate resolution expressing Congress's alarm over the growing humanitarian needs of women and children inside Venezuela and those seeking intern… Continue Reading


September 22, 2021

Menéndez, Rubio, Kaine, Cardin, Durbin y Cassidy Presentan Resolución para Fortalecer Apoyo Humanitario a Mujeres y Niños en Venezuela

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, hoy fue acompañado por los Senadores Maro Rubio (R-Fla.) y Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango y Presidente del Subcomité sobre Hemisferio Occidental, al igual que los Senadores Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) y Bill Cassidy (R-La.), en presentar una resolución bipartidista en el Senado expresando la preocupación del Congreso… Continue Reading


September 22, 2021

Chairman Menendez Statement Before Second Panel at Committee Nominations Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following remarks before the second panel at this morning's full Committee hearing to consider the nominations of the Honorable Thomas R. Nides to be U.S. Ambassador to the State of Israel; Mr. David L. Cohen to be U.S. Ambassador to Canada; Dr. Cynthia Ann Telles to be Ambassador to the Republic of Costa Rica; Ms. Sarah Margon to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy,… Continue Reading


September 22, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Hearing on Nominations for Israel, Canada, Costa Rica Ambassadors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following opening remarks at this morning's full Committee hearing to consider the nominations of the Honorable Thomas R. Nides to be U.S. Ambassador to the State of Israel; Mr. David L. Cohen to be U.S. Ambassador to Canada; Dr. Cynthia Ann Telles to be Ambassador to the Republic of Costa Rica; Ms. Sarah Margon to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, a… Continue Reading


September 21, 2021

Menéndez Insta a la Administración de Biden a Ayudar a Frenar la Participación de México y Otros Países en la Trata de Médicos Cubanos

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores, hoy le pidió a la Administración Biden redoblar sus esfuerzos diplomáticos para ampliar la campaña internacional para poner fin a la trata de personas patrocinado y facilitado por el régimen cubano. En una carta al Secretario de Estado Antony Blinken, el Senador advirtió que la dictadura cubana se está aprovechando de la pandemia del COVID-… Continue Reading


September 21, 2021

Menendez Urges Biden Administration to Help End Mexico, Other Countries’ Participation in the Cuban Regime’s Forced Labor Scheme

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today is calling on the Biden administration to redouble its diplomatic efforts to expand the international campaign to end the Cuban regime's state-sponsored and state-facilitated human trafficking. In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the Senator warned that the Cuban dictatorship is taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to aggressively increase its exploitation and trafficking… Continue Reading


September 17, 2021

Menendez, Coons on POTUS’ Executive Order Sanctioning Perpetrators of Human Rights Abuses in Tigray Conflict

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), Chairman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following joint statement announcing new forthcoming legislation regarding Ethiopia's civil war after President Biden unveiled a new Executive Order to sanction parties to the conflict in Tigray that are responsible for or co… Continue Reading


September 15, 2021

Menendez, Graham, Young, Cardin Recognize One Year Anniversary of Historic Abraham Accords

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today released the following joint statement recognizing the one-year anniversary of the signing of the historic Abraham Accords: "Today marks the first anniversary of the signing of the Abraham Accords, a historic breakthrough in the Middle East. "We congratulate the State of Israel, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of … Continue Reading


September 14, 2021

Chairman Menendez Delivers Opening Remarks at Full Committee Hearing on U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered opening remarks at this morning's full Committee hearing examining the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan. Testifying before the Committee was Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken. "Mr. Secretary, the execution of the U.S. withdrawal was clearly and fatally flawed," Chairman Menendez said. "This Committee expects to receive a full explanation of this Administration's de… Continue Reading


September 13, 2021

Senate Confirms State Department Nominations Critical to U.S. National Security, Efforts to Address Crises in Afghanistan and Haiti

SFRC Chairman Menendez's motions to confirm three nominees are approved, breaking through Republicans' ongoing efforts to block State Department nominees Today's effort follows Republicans' objection to nearly 30 motions to clear nominee backlog for critical national security posts before August state work period WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today took to the Senate Floor to formally request the Senate's unanimous ap… Continue Reading


September 13, 2021

Menendez Introduces Legislation to Boost U.S.-India Clean Energy and Climate Cooperation

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today is introducing the Prioritizing Clean Energy and Climate Cooperation with India Act of 2021. The legislation follows a Congressional Delegation to India in the fall of 2019, during which Senator Menendez engaged with India's Minister of New and Renewable Energy and Indian business leaders to discuss how the U.S. and India can address the threat of climate change and deepen our cooperation on cle… Continue Reading


September 08, 2021

Declaración Conjunta del Senador Menéndez y Homólogos Europeos Sobre Negociaciones para Restaurar la Democracia en Venezuela

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado de EEUU, hoy fue acompañado por sus homólogos del Reino Unido, Alemania, el Parlamento Europeo, Lituania, Letonia, Estonia, la República Checa, Polonia y Dinamarca en emitir la siguiente declaración conjunta en relación con las negociaciones en curso para restaurar el orden constitucional y las instituciones democráticas en Venezuela: "… Continue Reading


September 08, 2021

Chairman Menendez, European Foreign Affairs Committee Chairs Issue Joint Statement on Negotiations to Restore Democracy in Venezuela

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by his counterparts from the United Kingdom, Germany, the European Parliament, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Poland, and Denmark in issuing the following joint statement regarding ongoing negotiations to restore Venezuela's constitutional order and democratic institutions: "We, the chairs of our respective parliament's Foreign Affairs Committees, welcome the start of com… Continue Reading


August 31, 2021

Chairman Menendez Travels to Eastern Mediterranean; Recognized by Governments of Greece and Cyprus for his Commitment to Strengthening Partnerships

UNION CITY, NJ - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, travelled to the Eastern Mediterranean earlier this month to assess and advance the partnerships among the United States, Greece and Cyprus. Senator Menendez was invited to be the keynote speaker at the "Greece in 2040" event organized by the "Greece 2021" Committee, on August 26. The event took place at the Acropolis Museum with a group of high-level dignitaries in attendance, including Fo… Continue Reading


August 26, 2021

*VIDEO* SFRC Chairman Menendez Delivers Keynote Remarks in Athens on U.S.-Greece Relationship

ATHENS, GREECE -- U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered keynote remarks at the Greece 2021 Committee's "Greece in 2040" ceremony, the first in a series of events organized by the government of Greece in celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821. "I truly believe our bilateral relationship is on the cusp of greatness. We share the same values. We face the same challenges. We hold the same inte… Continue Reading


August 26, 2021

Chairman Menendez on Terror Attacks in Afghanistan

Athens, Greece - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the situation in Afghanistan following the explosions outside of the Kabul airport: "I condemn in the strongest and most forceful of terms today's attacks targeting U.S. citizens, personnel, and vulnerable Afghans trying to flee Afghanistan. "I understand that American personnel were among the casualties and my prayers are with the victims of this cowardly a… Continue Reading


August 25, 2021

Chairmen Menendez and Meeks Joint Statement on Fourth Anniversary of Rohingya Genocide

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representative Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY-5), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today issued the following joint statement in observance of the fourth anniversary of the Rohingya Genocide: "It has been four years since the Burmese military launched its genocidal attack on the Rohingya. Today we call on the Biden administration to make a formal determination that these crimes co… Continue Reading


August 24, 2021

Joint Statement from SFRC Chairman Menendez, Chairs of Foreign Affairs Committees of the G7 Member States on Afghanistan

JERSEY CITY, NJ - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined his counterparts in Italy, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the European Parliament in issuing the following joint statement on Afghanistan: "We, the G7 Foreign Affairs Committee Chairs of France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the European Union, welcome the emergency meeting of the G7 which has been convened to disc… Continue Reading


August 23, 2021

Menendez Statement in Advance of Crimean Platform Summit, 30th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in honor of the upcoming inaugural summit of the Crimean Platform (August 23) and in celebration the 30th anniversary of Ukrainian independence (August 24): "As the inaugural summit of the Crimean Platform approaches, I reaffirm my strong support for the Ukrainian people in rejecting the Russian government's ongoing and illegal occupation of Crimea. … Continue Reading


August 20, 2021

Menendez Urges Biden Administration, IMF to Deny Lukashenka Regime Recognition and Resources to Continue Oppressing People of Belarus

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today raised concerns regarding the International Monetary Fund (IMF)'s recent allocation of almost $1 billion in Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) to the Government of Belarus, undermining United States' efforts to deny the illegitimate Lukashenka regime of resources it may utilize to continue oppressing the Belarusian people. In a letter to President Joe Biden, Chairman Menendez urged the U.… Continue Reading

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