Chairman's Press

June 10, 2021

Joint Statement from SFRC Chairman Menendez, G7 and EU Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today met with the Foreign Affairs Committee Chairs of the G7 and EU member states to discuss the upcoming G7 Summit. After the meeting, the lawmakers issued the following joint statement: "This year's G7 summit comes at a pivotal moment for the world. We, the G7 Foreign Affairs Committee Chairs of the United States of America, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the E… Continue Reading


June 09, 2021

Chairman Menendez Delivers Floor Remarks on U.S.-Russia Relations Ahead of Biden-Putin Summit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today took to the Senate Floor to deliver remarks on the state of U.S.-Russia relations and the need to respond to the Kremlin's continued aggressions. The Chairman's speech came in advance of next week's summit in Geneva at which President Joe Biden will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I appreciate the Biden administration's desire for a stable and predictable relationship with Rus… Continue Reading


June 09, 2021

Menendez, Rubio Introduce 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 introducing 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 bolsters support for Greek military modernization, authorizing new transfers of American military equipment, and fostering increased multilateral en… Continue Reading


June 09, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Hearing on U.S. Policy toward Belarus

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 on United States policy toward Belarus. Testifying before the Committee were the Honorable Julie Fisher, United States Ambassador-Designate to the Republic of Belarus, U.S. Department of State; Ms. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Leader of the Democratic Opposition in Belarus; and Mr. Jamie Fly, President and CEO of … Continue Reading


June 08, 2021

Chairman Menendez Statement on Senate Approval of China Legislative Package

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), issued the following statement after the Senate voted to approve a comprehensive legislative package to mobilize all of the United States' strategic, economic, and diplomatic tools to compete effectively with China and confront Beijing's challenges to our national and economic security. Entitled the U.S Innovation and Competition Act of 2021, the bipartisan legislation brings together the Strategic Competition Act o… Continue Reading


June 08, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at SFRC Committee Hearing with Secretary of State Blinken

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following opening remarks at this afternoon's full Committee hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2022 State Department Budget Request. Testifying before the Committee was Secretary of State Antony Blinken. "For the international community to work for Americans, for fundamental universal values of human rights, democracy, and equitable prosperity, the United States must invest i… Continue Reading


June 07, 2021

Menendez, Risch, Meeks, McCaul Join Biden Administration Push to Restore Cross-border Aid Deliveries in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representatives Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today joined to reaffirm their support for the Biden Administration's push to restore life-saving humanitarian assistance to millions of innocent Syrians by facilitating its delivery to those outside areas the murd… Continue Reading


June 04, 2021

As VP Travels to Mexico and Central America, Leading Senate Democrats Boost Diplomatic Efforts to Address Causes of Irregular Migration, Foster Stability in Central America

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of 18 of his Senate colleagues in voicing their support for Vice President Kamala Harris' leadership of the Biden administration's diplomatic efforts to address and mitigate the underlying factors driving Central American migration to the United States. Sent in advance of Vice President Harris' upcoming visit to Mexico and Guatemala, the senators' letter reiterates their call fo… Continue Reading


June 04, 2021

En Vísperas del Viaje de la Vicepresidente a México y Centroamérica, Demócratas en el Senado Alientan Esfuerzos Diplomáticos para Abordar las Causas de la Migración Irregular y Promover Estabilidad en Centroamérica

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of 18 of his Senate colleagues in voicing their support for Vice President Kamala Harris' leadership of the Biden administration's diplomatic efforts to address and mitigate the underlying factors driving Central American migration to the United States. Sent in advance of Vice President Harris' upcoming visit to Mexico and Guatemala, the senators' letter reiterates their call fo… Continue Reading


June 03, 2021

Menendez, Graham Op-Ed: The way forward on containing Iran’s nuclear ambitions

WASHINGTON - As indirect talks in Vienna between the U.S. and Iran continue, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), today published an op-ed for the Washington Post laying out the case for a broader, bipartisan and comprehensive diplomatic approach to contain Iran's nuclear ambitions and curb its regional aggressions. "We believe there is a way to achieve a compromise that will find support among the countries of the region… Continue Reading


May 27, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Hearing on U.S. Strategy and Policy Response to Crisis in Ethiopia

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 United States' strategy and policy response to ongoing crisis in Ethiopia. Testifying before the Committee were the Honorable Robert F. Godec, Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and Ms. Sarah Charles, Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Humanitarian… Continue Reading


May 26, 2021

***ICYMI*** Chairmen Menendez and Meeks Pen Op-Ed: On Ethiopia, the U.S. Must Show Resolve

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today wrote a joint op-ed titled, "Ethiopia: The Biden administration must put its foot down" which was published in The Africa Report. The op-ed appears below: The Africa Reports - Ethiopia: The Biden administration must put its foot down By: Senator Bob Menendez and Congressman Gregory Meeks Wedne… Continue Reading


May 26, 2021

Senator Menendez, Congresswoman Clark Lead Colleagues in Bicameral Reintroduction of Reproductive Rights are Human Rights Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Assistant Speaker of the 117th Congress Representative Katherine Clark (MA-5) were joined by 22 of their Senate and 122 of their House colleagues in addition to leading reproductive health and human rights organizations and activists in announcing the bicameral reintroduction of the Reproductive Rights are Human Rights Act. The legislation directs the State Department to report on the status … Continue Reading


May 25, 2021

Menendez, Rubio, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Calling for Freedom of the Press around the World

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today led a group of 11 of their Senate colleagues in introducing a Senate resolution in recognition of burgeoning threats to freedoms of the press and expression around the world. The bipartisan resolution maintains the centrality of an independent press to the health of democracy and reaffirms freedom of the press as a priority of the United States in promoting democracy, human righ… Continue Reading


May 23, 2021

Chairman Menendez and European Allies Condemn Lukashenka Regime for Intercepting Civilian Flight to Arrest Journalist

Jersey City, N.J. - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) issued the following joint statement with his counterparts in the Czech Republic, Latvia, Germany, Lithuania, Ireland, Poland, and the United Kingdom condemning the Lukashenka regime for forcefully landing a Ryanair flight to arrest journalist Raman Pratasevich: "We, the chairs of our respective national parliament's Foreign Affairs Committees, condemn unequivocally the threat of violence used against a c… Continue Reading


May 22, 2021

Chairman Menendez Celebrates Biden Administration’s New Designation of Temporary Protected Status for Haiti

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Biden administration announced it would issue a new designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. Today's announcement follows calls from Chairman Menendez urging the administration to designate TPS for eligible Haitians in the U.S. currently unable to return safely to their homeland due to a compounding set of devastation from nationa… Continue Reading


May 21, 2021

Menendez, Risch Announce Introduction of Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Human Rights Legacy of Andrei Sakharov

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 commemorated the 100th anniversary of Nobel laureate Andrei Sakharov's birthday by announcing they will introduce a bipartisan resolution lauding the renowned physicist's legacy of activism and impassioned dedication to human rights advocacy and nuclear disarmament. "Today, as we face brazen abuses of fundamental human rights worldwide, we look t… Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Menendez, Rubio, Merkley, Coons File Amendment to Attach Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act to Senate’s China Legislative Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) in introducing an amendment to the China legislative package currently being debated on the Senate Floor. The amendment seeks to add a provision to the bipartisan Strategic Competition Act to ensure Hong Kongers who peacefully protested Beijing's corrupt justice system and have a well-founded fear… Continue Reading


May 19, 2021

Chairman Menendez Statement on State Department’s Nord Stream 2 Report

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee issued the following statement after Congress received a mandatory report from the State Department regarding entities involved in sanctionable activity by the builders of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Citing U.S. national security interests, the Biden Administration announced it would waive mandatory sanctions on the company Nord Stream 2 AG and its CEO Matthias Warnig. "I am opposed to the decision by… Continue Reading


May 19, 2021

Chairman Menendez Makes the Case for Strategic Competition Act as Senate Recalibrates U.S.-China Relations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today took to the Senate Floor to deliver remarks on the Strategic Competition Act. Introduced by Chairman Menendez and SFRC Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho), the legislation is an unprecedented bipartisan effort to mobilize all of the United States' strategic, economic, and diplomatic tools for an Indo-Pacific strategy that enables the U.S. government to compete effectively with China and conf… Continue Reading

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