Chairman's Press

October 01, 2021

Senador Menéndez Lidera Llamado Bipartidista para Ampliar Sanciones Contra Nicaragua para Incluir a Daniel Ortega

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, hoy fue acompañado por 14 de sus colegas para recalcar la preocupación del Senado por el acoso y encarcelamiento de más de 150 líderes de la oposición, incluyendo candidatos presidenciales, y la actual represión autoritaria en vísperas de las elecciones presidenciales del 2021 por parte del régimen de Ortega. En una carta … Continue Reading


October 01, 2021

SFRC Chairman Menendez Leads Bipartisan Call to Expand Sanctions on Nicaragua to Include Daniel Ortega Himself

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by 14 of his Senate colleagues to draw attention to the Ortega regime's harassment and jailing of more than 150 opposition leaders, including presidential candidates, and its ongoing authoritarian crackdown in advance of the country's November 2021 presidential election. In a bipartisan letter addressed to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the senators call for increased efforts… Continue Reading


October 01, 2021

SFRC Chairman Menendez Statement on Cyprus Independence Day

Union City, NJ - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in observance of Cyprus' independence day: "I join the Cypriot community in New Jersey and around the world in celebrating the 61st anniversary of independence of the Republic of Cyprus. "On this day, let us reaffirm our condemnation of the Turkish military's illegal occupation of Cypriot territory starting almost 50 years ago, and categorically reject any co… Continue Reading


September 30, 2021

Senadores Menéndez, Rubio, Kaine, Cardin y Cruz Presentan Resolución Sobre la Minería Ilícita de Oro en América Latina

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, hoy fue acompañado por los Senadores Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) y Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango y Presidente del Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental, y los Senadores Ben Cardin (D-Md.) y Ted Cruz (R-Texas) en presentar una resolución en el Senado delineando sus preocupaciones ante el incremento de la minería ilícita y el t… Continue Reading


September 30, 2021

Senators Menendez, Rubio, Kaine, Cardin and Cruz Introduce Resolution on Illicit Gold Mining in Latin America

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, as well as Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in introducing a Senate Resolution calling attention to the rise in illicit mining and trafficking of gold in Latin America. As the profits derived from illicit gold mining and trafficking … Continue Reading


September 29, 2021

Chairman Menendez Announces New Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staff Director

WASHINGTON - Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) announced today he is appointing his longtime aide Damian Murphy as Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Murphy will replace Jessica Lewis, who was confirmed today by the Senate to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. "I am thrilled to announce Damian Murphy as SFRC Staff Director. Damian is a trusted advisor and a respected foreign policy strategist who has been integral in helping… Continue Reading


September 28, 2021

Republicans Again Block Senate from Confirming Critical State Department, USAID Nominees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today took to the Senate Floor to make a series of motions for the Senate to confirm ten highly-qualified foreign affairs and development nominees whose confirmations have been blocked by Senate Republicans for months to prevent the Biden Administration from fully staffing the State Department and USAID. Every one of Senator Menendez's ten live Unanimous Consent requests were blocked by Republica… Continue Reading


September 28, 2021

Top Senate Democrats Sound Alarm on Brazil’s Democratic Decline and Creeping Authoritarianism under President Bolsonaro

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to register their growing concerns over Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's defiance of basic democratic norms. His repeated challenges to the rule of law and promises to disregard rulings of his country's Supreme Court, among other hallmarks of Caudillos, threaten a rupture with constitutional orde… Continue Reading


September 28, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Hearing on Critical State Department Nominations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following opening statement at this morning's full Committee hearing to consider the nominations of the Honorable Jack A. Markell to be Representative of the United States of America to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, with the rank of Ambassador; the Honorable Mark Gitenstein to be Representative of the United States of America to the European Union,… Continue Reading


September 28, 2021

Líderes Demócratas del Senado Suenan la Alarma sobre el Declive Democrático en Brasil y la Creciente Tendencia Autocrática del Presidente Bolsonaro

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, hoy fue acompañado por los Senadores Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) y Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), en expresar su preocupación por la posición del Presidente brasileño Jair Bolsonaro ante el respeto a las normas democráticas de su país. Los frecuentes desafíos al estado de derecho de Bolsonaro, sus promesas de ignorar decisi… Continue Reading


September 27, 2021

Menendez, Risch Urge Transparency, Accountability in Wake of World Bank Data Distortion to Boost China Ranking in Annual Report

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) today sent a letter to President Joe Biden expressing concerns regarding the recent findings by an independent investigation that Kristalina Georgieva, former World Bank CEO and current Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), pressured staff to distort data to increase China's 2018 ranking in the World Bank's annual "Doing Business" report. The report, produce… Continue Reading


September 24, 2021

Chairman Menendez Blasts Senate Republicans’ Continued Obstructionism as Senate Democrats Force Confirmation Votes on State Department, USAID Nominees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today took to the Senate Floor to condemn Senate Republicans' efforts to delay and obstruct dozens of highly-qualified foreign affairs and development nominees whose unwarranted delays in being confirmed pose significant national security threats to the United States. With Senate Democrats forcing late night votes on Thursday to confirm multiple senior officials at the State Department, Senator M… Continue Reading


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

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