Chairman's Press

March 17, 2021

Menendez, Inhofe Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Support for Taiwan’s Participation in WHO’s World Health Assembly

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), co-chairmen of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, today introduced bipartisan legislation to direct the State Department to develop a strategy to assist Taiwan in obtaining observer status at the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, ahead of its annual global assembly later this year. In the face of increasing opposition from the People's Republic of China to Taiwan joining the W… Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Chairman Menendez Discusses Intel Report Confirming Russia Tried to Again Subvert U.S. Democracy in 2020 to Help Donald Trump

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), today took to the Senate Floor to discuss the publication of a report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) which confirmed the Russian Federation favored Donald Trump's re-election and sought to influence the outcome of the 2020 election by amplifying attacks on Joe Biden and his family. "This is not about party. This is about the durability of our democracy, and everyone in this body h… Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Menendez Urges Secretary Austin to Use Upcoming Trip to India to Discuss Democracy, Human Rights and Opposition to S-400 Missile System

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to Secretary of Defense Austin Wednesday ahead of his trip to India. In his letter, Chairman Menendez asked the secretary to specifically raise democracy and human rights concerns in his discussions with the Indian government as well reaffirm the Biden administration's opposition to India's reportedly planned purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system. "Getting the U.S.-India par… Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Menendez, Risch, Rubio, Kaine Introduce Resolution Recognizing 9th Summit of the Americas, Hosted by U.S.

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 Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the subcommittee that oversees the Western Hemisphere, today introduced a resolution recognizing the 9 th Summit of the Americas and reaffirming the United States' commitment to a more prosperous, secure, and democratic Western Hemisphere. "The 9 th Summit of the Americas is… Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S. Policy for Strategic Competition with China

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 advancing effective United States policy for strategic competition with China in the twenty-first century. Testifying before the Committee were Dr. Elizabeth Economy, Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, Tom Shugart, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for New American Security, and Saif Khan… Continue Reading


March 16, 2021

Menéndez, Rubio Presentan Resolución Conmemorando el 60 Aniversario de la Invasión de la Bahía de Cochinos

Washington, D.C. - Los senadores estadounidenses Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), el Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores, y Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), el Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité sobre Hemisferio Occidental, presentaron una resolución bipartidista que rinde homenaje a los valientes miembros de la Brigada de Asalto 2506. Hace sesenta años, estos valientes hombres lucharon para defender su amada patria del poder autoritario de los Castro. La resoluci&o… Continue Reading


March 16, 2021

Menendez, Rubio Introduce Resolution Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Bay of Pigs Invasion

Washington, D.C. - 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, introduced a bipartisan resolution paying tribute to the brave members of Assault Brigade 2506. Sixty years ago, these courageous men fought to defend their beloved homeland from the Castro regime's authoritarian grip. The resolution highlights the importance of continuing "to support policies that… Continue Reading


March 16, 2021

Menendez, Collins, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Reaffirming Bipartisan Support for the Good Friday Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) in leading 13 of their Senate colleagues in unveiling a bipartisan resolution in support of the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, or the Belfast Agreement, and subsequent agreements and arrangements to support peace on the island of Ireland. "The Good Friday Agreement was a historic accomplishment that established a framework fo… Continue Reading


March 12, 2021

Menendez, Rubio Urge Biden Administration to Re-designate Haiti for TPS

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 Western Hemisphere, are calling on the Biden administration to re-designate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). In a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, the Senators cite the importance of reinstating protection to eligible Haitians in the United States that are unable to return safely to their … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce the Keeping Women and Girls Safe from the Start Act of 2021

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today led ten of their Senate colleagues in introducing the Keeping Women and Girls Safe from the Start Act of 2021. Introduced on the heels of International Women's Day, the bipartisan legislation seeks to strengthen current United States' and international actors' efforts to address gender-based violence perpetrated during humanitarian crises, which disproportiona… Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Hearing on State of Democracy Around the World

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 entitled "The State of Democracy Around the World." "In every region of the world today, authoritarian governments are seizing more and more power, dismantling core democratic institutions, and closing in on civil society and freedom of expression," Chairman Menendez said. "Our investments into democracy are our b… Continue Reading


March 09, 2021

Chairman Menendez Statement on Anniversary of Robert Levinson’s Wrongful Captivity in Iran

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in observance of the anniversary of Robert Levinson's wrongful detention in Iran: "Bob was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather who the Iranian regime wrongfully detained for more than a decade. Throughout this time, his devoted family fought tirelessly for his return and on behalf of other families' fighting to bring their wrongfully imprisoned loved ones ho… Continue Reading


March 09, 2021

Menendez, Risch Lead SFRC Colleagues in Marking 10th Anniversary of the Syrian Uprising with Bipartisan Resolution

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 led nine of their SFRC colleagues in introducing a bipartisan resolution in observance of the 10th anniversary of the Syrian uprising. In addition to calling on the United States to support humanitarian aid to the Syrian people, the resolution condemns the Assad regime's atrocities against its own citizens and reaffirms the United States' commi… Continue Reading


March 09, 2021

Menendez, Booker Send Letter to Costa Rican Ambassador Advocating for NJ Constituent in International Parental Abduction Case

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), today sent a letter to Costa Rican Ambassador Fernando Llorca Castro urging his assistance in returning American citizen Camille Stefanick Berrocal to the United States. Camille was abducted by her mother in August 2019, and her father, New Jersey resident Jonathan Stefanick, has continued to pursue his legal right to custody and Camille's safe return home. "Camille h… Continue Reading


March 08, 2021

Joint Statement from Senators Menendez and Durbin on Biden Administration’s Decision to Grant TPS to Venezuelans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the below statement in reaction to the Biden administration's announcement that it will designate Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS): "Today's welcomed announcement by the Biden administration reaffirms American support for the Venezuelan people. For years, the world watched in horror as man-made humanita… Continue Reading


March 08, 2021

***VIDEO*** Menéndez Sobre Reportes Que la Administración de Biden Otorgará Estatus de Protección Temporal a los Venezolanos

WASHINGTON, D.C. - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), el Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el Senado, emitió las siguientes declaraciones y video en reacción a reportes que el Secretario de Seguridad Nacional Alejandro Mayorkas le otorgará a los venezolanos en los Estados Unidos un Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS, for sus siglas en ingles). "Le quiero dar mi más profundo agradecimiento al Presidente Biden por cumplir con … Continue Reading


March 08, 2021

***VIDEO*** Menendez on the Biden Administration’s Reported Action Granting Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the video and statement below in reaction to reports that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will provide Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans in the United States. "I want to thank President Biden for delivering on his promise to stand with the Venezuelan people. To keep deporting Venezuelans back to Maduro's tragedy would be to tell them they are a burden … Continue Reading


March 04, 2021

Joint Statement from Chairman Menendez and Ranking Member Risch on U.S.-Bulgaria Bilateral Relationship

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) issued the following statement on the U.S.-Bulgaria relationship as the country begins the official campaigning period for parliamentary elections: "The United States and Bulgaria have a robust and growing relationship that, like the NATO alliance as a whole, is strongest when it rests on shared democratic values. We would like to see this relationship continue to develop, … Continue Reading


March 04, 2021

Bipartisan Senators Introduce Legislation to Reassert Democratic Leadership in Technology Strategy & Development

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, along with Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), today introduced legislation to develop a partnership and strategy among democratic countries to compete against growing technological strength and influence by… Continue Reading


March 04, 2021

Chairman Menendez and Ranking Member Risch Announce SFRC Subcommittee Assignments for 117th Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) today announced subcommittee leadership and membership assignments for the 117th Congress. "I look forward to working in close coordination with the incoming subcommittee members to chart forward a path of renewal and reengagement for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee," Chairman Menendez said. "From rebuilding the State Department to reestablishing American leadership … Continue Reading

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