Chairman's Press

February 24, 2021

Chairman Menendez Statement in Observance of Estonia’s Independence Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in observance of Estonia's Independence Day, February 24: "I extend my best wishes to the Estonian people as you celebrate your Independence Day. As a NATO ally, Estonia has been instrumental in advancing our shared security against regional threats, particularly in the cybersecurity space, and in standing up for democracy and human rights. I am also grateful for… Continue Reading


February 22, 2021

Menendez Remarks Ahead of Cloture Vote for Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN Ambassador

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on the Senate Floor ahead of today's vote to invoke cloture on the nomination of Linda Thomas-Greenfield to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. "What the United States desperately needs right now at the UN is renewal and reengagement with key alliances and institutions," Senator Menendez said. "Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield has the expertise, the strength, and the cha… Continue Reading


February 16, 2021

Chairman Menendez Statement in Observance of Lithuania’s Restoration of the State Day

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in observance of Lithuania's Restoration of the State Day, February 16: "I send my best wishes to the Lithuanian people as they celebrate Restoration of the State Day. Lithuania has a long history of standing against foreign occupations and defending its people, resulting in a thriving democracy that the United States is proud to have as a close friend and NATO ally. L… Continue Reading


February 16, 2021

Menendez Statement on Deadly Rocket Attack in Erbil

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to last night's rocket attack on a U.S. facility in Iraq's Kurdistan region: "I strongly condemn yesterday's attack in Erbil and send my condolences to the families of the U.S. contractor who was killed and the U.S. service member and other contractors who were injured. This latest attack demonstrates the importance of robust security cooperation between th… Continue Reading


February 11, 2021

Menendez Expresses Support for Independent Media in Poland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement expressing concerns following the Polish government's proposed advertising tax targeting independent media: "I am deeply concerned by the Polish government's effort to impose a new tax on independent media companies' advertising revenue. This measure could undermine the financial viability of Poland's independent media, a necessity for any democracy. No government … Continue Reading


February 10, 2021

Menendez, Rubio Seek Answers about Amazon Dealings with Chinese Company Reportedly Complicit in Uyghur Genocide

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.), Co-Chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), in calling on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to detail the nature of his company's dealings with Dahua Technology Co., a Chinese company that has reportedly developed facial recognition software to recognize and report detection of Uyghur Muslims to Chinese authorities, facilitating the Ch… Continue Reading


February 10, 2021

Chairman Menendez Welcomes Biden Administration’s Sanctions on Burma

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement today after the Biden administration announced it will respond to the coup in Myanmar by freezing U.S. government assistance and imposing economic sanctions: "I welcome today's announcement by President Biden that his administration will take concrete and targeted measures to demonstrate to the Burmese military that their actions are unacceptable. As I've said bef… Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Menendez, Rubio Lead Resolution in Support of Interim President Guaidó and Condemning Venezuela’s Fraudulent Legislative Elections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) led a bipartisan group of colleagues in introducing a Senate resolution (S. Res. 44) condemning last year's fraudulent legislative elections by the Maduro regime. The resolution also denounces the lack of free, fair, and transparent elections in Venezuela, as well as the continued erosion … Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Menéndez, Rubio, y Colegas Presentan Resolución Bipartidista

Washington, D.C. - Los senadores estadounidenses Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), y Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lideraron una resolución (S. Res. 44) condenando las fraudulentas elecciones legislativas del año pasado convocadas por el régimen de Maduro. La resolución también denunció la falta de elecciones libres, justas y t… Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Menendez, Rubio Lead Bipartisan Group of Colleagues in Re-Introducing the Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act

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.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) in re-introducing the Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act. This bipartisan legislation would ensure those Hong Kongers wh… Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Chairman Menendez on President Biden’s Iran Strategy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement today in support of President Biden's recent comments outlining his administration's Iran strategy: "I applaud President Biden for saying this weekend that his administration will not offer significant sanctions relief to the Iranians to get them back to the negotiating table and concur that Iran must stop enriching uranium. I support the administration's efforts t… Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Chairman Menendez on Electoral Crisis in Somalia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Somalia's escalating electoral crisis after President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed's mandate expired without an agreement on the conduct of previously scheduled elections: "I am alarmed by the escalating electoral crisis in Somalia and the real risk of bloodshed as a result of the current political deadlock. The current impasse between President Fa… Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Senadores Presentan Resolución Bipartidista en Apoyo al Movimiento San Isidro de Cuba

WASHINGTON - Los Senadores Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), el presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) y Ben Cardin (D-Md.) presentaron ayer una Resolución expresando la solidaridad del Senado con el Movimiento San Isidro de Cuba, un grupo de artistas y activistas independientes que han sido acosados recientemente por el régimen Cubano por protestar por su derecho a la libertad de expresión. La resolució… Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

U.S. Senators Introduce Bipartisan Resolution in Support of Cuba’s San Isidro Movement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) were joined by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in introducing a Senate resolution expressing the U.S. Senate's solidarity with Cuba's San Isidro Movement, a collective of independent artists and activists who have recently been targeted by the Cuban regime for protesting in support of their right to freedom of expression. The bipartisan resolution ca… Continue Reading


February 05, 2021

Menendez, Barrasso Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Greece’s 200th Independence Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) in introducing a bipartisan Senate resolution commemorating the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence Day, March 25, 2021. The bipartisan resolution celebrates the commitment to democracy that Greece and the United States share as well as the two nations' lasting partnership and rich history of friendship. "It is with great pride that I stand with G… Continue Reading


February 04, 2021

***ICYMI*** Chairman Menendez Discusses Foreign Policy News of the Day on MSNBC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke with MSNBC's Hallie Jackson to discuss his regaining the committee's Chairmanship and his expectations for President Joe Biden's scheduled foreign policy speech at the State Department this afternoon. Chairman Menendez also discussed Russia's sentencing of opposition figure Aleksey Navalny and Canada's recent designation of the Proud Boys as a terrorist entity. "I think… Continue Reading


February 04, 2021

Chairman Menendez Remarks Ahead of SFRC Approval of Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Serve as UN Ambassador

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at this morning's Committee business meeting calling for the confirmation of Linda Thomas-Greenfield to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield's nomination was approved by an 18-4 vote and now moves to the Floor for consideration by the full Senate. "Our country is lucky that the Ambassador has agreed to return to pub… Continue Reading


February 04, 2021

Senator Menendez on Resuming Chairmanship of Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Senator Menendez on Resuming Chairmanship of Senate Foreign Relations Committee WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) issued the following statement after being named Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the 117th Congress: "I am deeply honored to be named Chairman and humbled to again lead of one of the Senate's original ten standing committees; one that has shaped this nation's foreign policy to advance the interests of all Americans in war and peace. "In my 28 y… Continue Reading


January 31, 2021

Menendez Statement on Situation in Myanmar

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), incoming Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to reports of the detention of Myanmar's leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi by the country's armed forces: "I strongly condemn the reported detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian leaders by the Tatmadaw. The launch of another coup would be a tragedy for the people of Burma after a decade of work to establish a civilian-led democratic … Continue Reading


January 29, 2021

As Thousands Prepare to Take to Russia’s Streets Demanding Justice for Navalny, Incoming SFRC Chairman Menendez Urges Accountability for Putin Cronies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), incoming Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is urging the Biden administration to strengthen enforcement and coordination of measures targeting malign Kremlin behavior in the post-Trump era. The Senator's effort follows the Russian government's harsh response to growing peaceful democratic demonstrations across the country demanding Vladimir Putin release Alexei Navalny, a leading opposition leader who was arrested by Russian au… Continue Reading

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