Chairman's Press

June 25, 2021

Leading Senate Dems Question Vetting of U.S. Paramilitary Training Following NYT Report that Government Authorized American Contractor to Train Khashoggi’s Killers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in calling on the Department of State and Department of Defense to assess and reevaluate the full extent of training, military cooperation and arms sales that the U.S. Government and U.S. private contractors provide to t… Continue Reading


June 24, 2021

***PHOTO RELEASE*** SFRC Chairman Menendez Meets with President of Afghanistan, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in the Capitol: "It was a pleasure to welcome President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah to Washington today. Their many years of engagement with Foreign Relations Committee members and staff are not only deeply appreciated, but are a test… Continue Reading


June 22, 2021

Chairman Menendez Leads Senate Resolution in Observance of World Refugee Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by 22 of his Democratic colleagues in introducing a Senate resolution reaffirming the United States' commitment to promote the safety, health, education, and well-being of millions of refugees and displaced persons, including children, who flee war, persecution, or torture in search of peace, hope, and freedom. Introduced in observance of World Refugee Day (June 20), the resoluti… Continue Reading


June 22, 2021

Comité Aprueba Proyecto de Ley RENACER para que el Régimen de Ortega Rinda Cuentas por Socavar la Democracia en Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, seguido por el Senador Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental, y los Senadores Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) y Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) emitieron las siguientes declaraciones después de que el Comité de Relaciones Exteriores aprobara su proyecto de ley para alinear estratégicamente… Continue Reading


June 22, 2021

Menendez, Rubio Applaud SFRC Passage of U.S.-Greece Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act of 2021

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in applauding the Committee passage of their new legislation to bolster the United States' defense partnership with Greece. Entitled the U.S.-Greece Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act of 2021, the bipartisan legislation boosts support for Greek military modernization by authorizing new transfers of American military equipment and foster… Continue Reading


June 22, 2021

Committee Approves RENACER Act to Hold Ortega Regime Accountable for Subverting Democracy in Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, and Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in issuing the following statements after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved their legislation to strategically align the United States' diplomatic tools, including targeted sanctions, to advance democ… Continue Reading


June 17, 2021

Menéndez, Rubio Presentan Proyecto de Ley para Combatir la Trata de Médicos Cubanos

WASHINGTON - Los Senadores Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), el Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el Senado, y Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), el Miembro de Más Alto Rango en el Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental, hoy presentaron el Proyecto de Ley para Combatir la Trata de Médicos Cubanos del 2021. Esta legislación fortalecerá las medidas para que el régimen cubano rinda cuentas por la trata de personas y la explotación de mé… Continue Reading


June 17, 2021

Menendez, Rubio Reintroduce Legislation to Combat Human Trafficking of Cuban Doctors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member of the SFRC Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, today re-introduced the Combatting Trafficking of Cuban Doctors Act of 2021, legislation to strengthen accountability measures addressing the Cuban regime's human trafficking and exploitation of Cuban doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals deployed on foreign medical missions. In additio… Continue Reading


June 17, 2021

Chairman Menendez Introduces Global Labor Rights Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced the Global Labor Support Act to support and advance internationally recognized labor rights around the world. The legislation follows the release last year of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic Staff investigation of the treatment of garment workers, labor rights, and factory safety in Bangladesh. The report, titled "Seven Years After Rana Plaza, Significant Challen… Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Menendez Objects to Senate UC Request to Fast Track Legislation Without Due Consideration by SFRC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today took to the Senate Floor to object to a live unanimous consent request by Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) to skip regular committee consideration and debate by the SFRC for the Stop Taxpayer Funding of Hamas Act, which, given its overly broad provisions, could conceivably prohibit the United States from assisting in the reconstruction of or providing humanitarian aid to anyone living in Gaza. G… Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Statement from Chairman Menendez on Biden-Putin Summit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement today after President Joe Biden met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland: "Today, Americans collectively sighed in relief knowing we have a President that understands the importance of standing up for our friends, defending human rights, and bluntly speaking truth to those who seek to do us harm. "President Biden did his job and stood up fo… Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Menéndez Pide que la Organización Panamericana de la Salud Rinda Cuentas Sobre su Complicidad Con Facilitar la Trata de Doctores Cubanos

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado y el Latino de Más Alto Rango en el Congreso, acudió al pleno del Senado de los Estados Unidos el día de hoy para subrayar su preocupación con la decisión de la administración Biden de presentar un escrito de amicus curiae en el caso judicial Ramona Matos Rodriguez, et al., v. Pan American Health Organization, que incluye serias acusacio… Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Menendez Delivers Floor Remarks Calling for Accountability for the Pan American Health Organization’s Role in Facilitating Human Trafficking of Cuban Doctors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today took to the Senate Floor to raise concerns about the Biden administration's decision to file an amicus brief in the case of Ramona Matos Rodriguez, et al., v. Pan American Health Organization, which involves serious allegations that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) facilitated human trafficking. "The Pan American Health Organization's participation in the Cuban dictators… Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Menendez, Kaine, Young Announce Foreign Relations Committee Will Vote to Repeal 1991 and 2002 AUMFs

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) was joined by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) in issuing the following statements to announce the Committee will take up their bipartisan legislation to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Iraq Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs) at the next business meeting scheduled for June 22, 2021: "The decision to authorize the use of military force is the most important vote that any Member of Congress ca… Continue Reading


June 15, 2021

***ICYMI*** SFRC Chairman Menendez Discusses Expectations for the Biden-Putin Summit, U.S. Policy toward China, Other Foreign Policy News of the Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today went on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Meet the Press Daily with Chuck Todd, and CNN Newsroom with Ana Cabrera to discuss President Joe Biden's trip to meet with United States' G7 and NATO allies, his expectations for the Biden-Putin Summit, U.S. policy toward China, and other foreign policy news of the day. On his expectations and hopes for President Biden's summit with Putin: "We want a … Continue Reading


June 15, 2021

Chairman Menendez Delivers Opening Remarks at Committee Nominations Hearing

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 Committee hearing on the nominations of the Honorable Todd D. Robinson to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs), Mr. Brett M. Holmgren to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Intelligence and Research), and the Honorable Daniel J. Kritenbrink to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Eas… Continue Reading


June 14, 2021

Mientras Crisis Política en Nicaragua se Agrava, Menéndez y Rubio Instan a la Administración Biden a Subir Presión Sobre Régimen de Ortega

WASHINGTON - Los Senadores Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, y Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental, hoy instaron a la Administración Biden a utilizar todas las herramientas diplomáticas disponibles para enfrentar al régimen de Ortega y sus tácticas, que cada día son más autoritarias y opresivas, para consolidar el poder y s… Continue Reading


June 14, 2021

As Political Crisis in Nicaragua Spirals, Menendez and Rubio Call for Biden Admin To Increase Pressure on Ortega Regime

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, today called on the Biden Administration to make use of all available diplomatic tools to confront the Ortega regime's increasingly authoritarian and oppressive tactics to secure power and undermine fundamental rights in Nicaragua. Citing the recent wave of arrests of opposition leaders, business sector … Continue Reading


June 11, 2021

Menéndez, Rubio, Colegas Reintroducen Proyecto de Ley en Apoyo a Mujeres y Niños Centroamericanos

WASHINGTON - Los senadores estadounidenses Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), el Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores, y Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), el Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental, junto a los senadores Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) y Rob Portman (R-Ohio), reintrodujeron la Ley de Protección de Mujeres y Niños de Centroamérica (S. 2003) para abordar la… Continue Reading


June 11, 2021

Menendez, Rubio, Colleagues Reintroduce Bill in Support of Central American Women and Children

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member of the SFRC Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, were joined by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in reintroducing the Central American Women and Children Protection Act (S. 2003) to address the protection and safety of women and children in El Salvador, Hondur… Continue Reading

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