Chairman's Press

December 18, 2020

Menendez, Colleagues Demand Heightened UN Focus on Detained Migrants’ Health and Reproductive Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today honored International Migrants' Day by leading seven of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet demanding her increased attention to the plight of migrants in detention around the world. The letter emphasizes migrants' inadequate access to health care while in detention and their vulnerability to coercion and cru… Continue Reading


December 17, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Introduces Resolution in Support of Free and Fair Elections in Uganda

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced a Senate Resolution calling on the government of Uganda to improve the pre-election environment and to create conditions for credible democratic elections in January 2021. The Resolution follows an escalating campaign of repression against opposition candidates and their parties by President Yoweri Museveni. "The United States government must be clear in its rejection of … Continue Reading


December 16, 2020

Menendez Delivers Remarks at Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Supporting Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Movement Through U.S. Refugee Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening statement on the Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act at this afternoon's Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration hearing entitled "Supporting Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Movement Through U.S. Refugee Policy." "It is critical that Congress makes clear to the people of Hong Kong that we stand with them, and to make clear to China's leaders… Continue Reading


December 15, 2020

Menendez Delivers Floor Remarks on Enactment of Save Our Seas 2.0 Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered remarks on the Senate floor on the enactment of the Save Our Seas (SOS) 2.0 Act, S.1982. Introduced by Ranking Member Menendez along with Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), the legislation addresses the present plastic debris crisis threatening coastal economies and harming marine life. SOS 2.0 builds on the success of the Save Our Seas Act, wh… Continue Reading


December 15, 2020

Menendez, Cruz Lead Bipartisan Call for Respect for Nicaraguan Civil Society and Press Freedoms

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) were joined by nine of their Senate colleagues in calling on U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua Kevin K. Sullivan to leverage all diplomatic tools to ensure the safety of journalists, civil society, and political leaders in Nicaragua. In a letter to Ambassador Sullivan, the Senators expressed concern about recent actions to codify press censorship and further restrict … Continue Reading


December 10, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Commemorates International Human Rights Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in observance of International Human Rights Day. To mark the day, Menendez was also joined by a group of his Democratic Senate colleagues in urging the Chinese government to release women political prisoners who remain unjustly detained for expressing their cultural and ethnic heritage. "I join thousands across the world in marking International Human Rights … Continue Reading


December 10, 2020

Menéndez, Rubio Presentan Proyecto de Ley en Apoyo al Aumento de Capital del BID

WASHINGTON - El senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, y el Senador Marco Rubio (R-FL) presentaron hoy un nuevo Proyecto de Ley para autorizar el décimo aumento general de capital para el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID, por sus siglas en español), la institución financiera líder en el hemisferio. En un momento en que los países de la región sufren el impacto e… Continue Reading


December 10, 2020

Menendez, Rubio Unveil Legislation in Support of Capital Increase for Inter-American Development Bank

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman of the SFRC Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, today introduced new legislation authorizing the tenth general capital increase for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the hemisphere's leading international financial institution. At a moment when countries in the region have suffered from the widespread economic impact of the COVID-19 pa… Continue Reading


December 09, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Speaks Ahead of Votes on Joint Resolutions of Disapproval for Trump Administration’s Proposed Arms Sale to UAE

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on the Senate Floor ahead of today's votes on his Joint Resolutions of Disapproval to reject the Trump administration's effort to approve a multibillion-dollar package of arms sales to the United Arab Emirates. In light of the Trump administration's decision to rush through the precedent-setting sale of aircraft and other weapons systems without the necessary Congressional review, Menendez… Continue Reading


December 09, 2020

Menendez Delivers Floor Remarks on Joint Resolutions of Disapproval of Trump Administration’s Proposed Arms Sale to UAE

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered remarks on the Senate Floor on his Joint Resolutions of Disapproval to reject the Trump administration's effort to provide the United Arab Emirates with precedent-setting aircraft and myriad other weapons systems. In his statement, Ranking Member Menendez discussed the national security risks inherent in the proposed sale in addition to the sale's adverse implications in terms of… Continue Reading


December 09, 2020

Menendez-Schumer Statement on Negotiations with Trump Administration on Legislation to Restore Sudan's Sovereign Immunity

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) issued the following statement on their ongoing negotiations with the Trump administration over legislation to restore Sudan's immunity, as appropriate, from terror-related lawsuits: "After months of delay, the State Department provided Congress with the key portions of the claims agreement with Sudan on November 6. Since then, our offices, in consultation wit… Continue Reading


December 09, 2020

Menendez-Schumer Statement on Negotiations with Trump Administration on Legislation to Restore Sudan's Sovereign Immunity

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) issued the following statement on their ongoing negotiations with the Trump administration over legislation to restore Sudan's immunity, as appropriate, from terror-related lawsuits: "After months of delay, the State Department provided Congress with the key portions of the claims agreement with Sudan on November 6. Since then, our offices, in consultation w… Continue Reading


December 07, 2020

Menendez Statement on Passing of Former U.S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement on the passing of former Senator Paul S. Sarbanes: "It is with great sadness that I learn of the passing of former Senator Paul Sarbanes, a devoted public servant whose groundbreaking efforts continue to preserve and defend the wellbeing and interests of the United States today. "I am fortunate enough to have served in Congress alongside Paul and to witne… Continue Reading


December 06, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Statement in Observance of Finland’s Independence Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in observance of Finland's Independence Day, December 6: "I extend my best wishes to the Finnish people as you celebrate your Independence Day. The U.S. and Finland have a strong partnership based on shared values and ideals, as well as robust economic ties. I am especially proud of our history of working together to support democracy and human rights around … Continue Reading


December 04, 2020

Menendez, Durbin Statement Ahead of Maduro Regime’s Sham Elections in Venezuela

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) issued the following statement denouncing the Maduro regime's sham elections scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 6. "For nearly two years, world leaders have stood in solidarity with Interim President Juan Guaidó and Venezuela's last democratically-elected institution, the National Assembly, as they have faced severe political repression and a… Continue Reading


December 04, 2020

Declaraciones de Menéndez y Durbin en Vísperas de Chantaje Electoral del Régimen de Maduro en Venezuela

WASHINGTON - El Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), y el líder demócrata del Senado Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) emitieron las siguientes declaraciones denunciando el chantaje electoral anticipado en las elecciones del régimen de Maduro programadas para el domingo 6 de diciembre: "Durante casi dos años, los líderes mundiales se han solidarizado con el presidente interino Juan Guaidó y la… Continue Reading


December 04, 2020

Menendez Calls on Trump Administration to Pay Attention to El Salvador’s Troubling Trajectory under Bukele

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is calling on the Trump administration to start paying attention to the weakening democratic governance in El Salvador under President Nayib Bukele. Citing reports of the Bukele government's widespread irregularities and mismanagement of COVID-19 funding, the discovery of secret negotiations between the Bukele administration and the MS-13 gang to advance his party's electoral ambitions, … Continue Reading


December 04, 2020

Menendez Calls on Secretary Pompeo to Cancel Indoor Soirées to Avoid Reckless Health Risk to Department Employees and Event Staff

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is calling on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to prioritize the well-being of State Department employees and workers by canceling upcoming indoor parties and other non-essential in-person events, in an effort to reduce further spread of COVID-19. In response to a Washington Post report that the Department has invited 900 people to multiple large-scale gatherings that start next week, Ranki… Continue Reading


December 03, 2020

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Strengthen Protections for Venezuelan Women and Children

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced a bipartisan resolution in support of efforts strengthening international protection of and assistance to Venezuelan women and children. The bipartisan resolution comes during the United Nation's 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. "With this resolution, we stand in solidarity with Venezuelan women and… Continue Reading


December 03, 2020

Menendez, Durbin, Colleagues Introduce Senate Resolution in Support of Thailand’s Pro-Democracy Movement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) today led a group of seven of their Senate colleagues in introducing a Senate Resolution to underscore the United States' commitment to human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Thailand. The senators' resolution follows recent demonstrations by Thailand's pro-democracy movement, which have been met with violence and repression by the country's government. J… Continue Reading

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