Chairman's Press

July 28, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Nominations Hearing

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 to consider the nominations of the Honorable Kenneth Lee Salazar to be Ambassador to the United Mexican States; Ms. Jessica Lewis to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs); the Honorable Donald Lu to be Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs; and the Honorable Marcel… Continue Reading


July 22, 2021

Menéndez Aplaude Anuncio de la Administración Biden de Aumentar Sanciones Selectivas Contra Funcionarios del Régimen Cubano

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, emitió las siguientes declaraciones después de que la Administración Biden anunciara que continuaría apoyando al movimiento pro-democracia de Cuba al imponer sanciones selectivas adicionales contra funcionarios del régimen por abusos de derechos humanos: "El gobierno es un instrumento del pueblo, no un instrumento para ser utilizado contra lo… Continue Reading


July 22, 2021

Chairman Menendez Lauds Biden Administration’s Announcement to Increase Targeted Sanctions on Cuban Regime Officials

WASHINGTON - 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 continue its efforts to support Cuba's pro-democracy movement by imposing additional targeted sanctions on regime officials for their human rights abuses: "Government is an instrument of the people, not an instrument to be used against its own citizens. Yet, since July 11, the Díaz Canel regime has relied on … Continue Reading


July 21, 2021

Declaración Conjunta del Senador Menéndez y Homólogos Europeos Condenando la Violencia y Represión del Régimen Cubano Contra las Protestas Pacíficas

WASHINGTON. - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado de los Estados Unidos, hoy fue acompañado por sus homólogos del Reino Unido, la República Checa, Estonia, Letonia y Lituania en emitir la siguiente declaración conjunta condenando la violenta represión del régimen cubano contra el movimiento pro-democracia de la isla después de que miles de cubanos salieran a la calle para pedir … Continue Reading


July 21, 2021

Joint Statement from SFRC Chairman Menendez, European Foreign Affairs Chairs Condemning Cuban Regime’s Violent Repression of Peaceful Protests

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by his counterparts in the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in issuing the following joint statement to condemn the Cuban regime's violent crackdown on the island's pro-democracy movement after thousands of Cubans took to the streets to call for an end to dictatorship in their country: "We, the chairs of our respective national parliament's Foreign … Continue Reading


July 21, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Hearing on U.S. Policy Toward Turkey

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening statement at this morning's full Committee hearing on United States policy toward Turkey. Testifying before the Committee was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland. "Erdogan sees his country as on par with the great powers of the world. It's not. President Erdogan has tragically shredded its democratic institutions, imprisoned jour… Continue Reading


July 21, 2021

Chairman Menendez: Erdogan’s Announced Plans for Greek Cypriot Suburb Can Not Stand

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's speech in Cyprus, where he announced he would step up his campaign to undermine the island's peace negotiations by opening the coastline of Varosha in direct violation of multiple United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions: "As Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, I condemn President Erdogan'… Continue Reading


July 20, 2021

Chairman Menendez Statement on 22nd Anniversary of Chinese Government’s Campaign Against Falun Gong Spiritual Movement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in observance of the 22nd anniversary of the Government of the People's Republic of China campaign of oppression against practitioners of Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual discipline based upon universal principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance: "Twenty-two years ago today, the People's Republic of China undertook a ruthless and brutal crackdown agai… Continue Reading


July 20, 2021

Menéndez sobre Esfuerzos de la Administración Biden para Apoyar el Movimiento Pro-Democracia en Cuba

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, publicó las siguientes declaraciones en respuesta a los esfuerzos de la Administración Biden para apoyar al pueblo cubano mientras surge el movimiento pro-democracia en la isla: "El régimen de Díaz Canel ha demostrado su verdadero descaro en los últimos días al desatar una campaña de violencia en contra de protestas pacíf… Continue Reading


July 20, 2021

Statement from Chairman Menendez on Biden Administration’s Efforts to Support Cuba’s Pro-Democracy Movement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Biden administration's efforts to support the Cuban people as the island's pro-democracy movement surges: "The Díaz Canel regime has shown its depravity in the past week, desperately unleashing a campaign of violence, human rights abuses, and forced disappearances against the Cuban people, all while blocking internet access out of sheer p… Continue Reading


July 20, 2021

Chairman Menendez Delivers Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing

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 to consider the nominations of Ms. Paloma Adams-Allen to be a Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (Management and Resources); Dr. Karen Donfried to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs); the Honorable Mary Catherine Phee to be an Assistan… Continue Reading


July 15, 2021

Senadores y Congresistas Anuncian Resolución Bipartidista Reafirmando Apoyo Incondicional del Congreso al Movimiento Pro Democracia en Cuba

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el Senado, el Latino y Cubanoamericano de más alto rango en el Congreso, y el?Senador Marco Rubio (R-Fla.),?Miembro de Más Alto Rango en el Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental,?y los?Congresistas Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.23)?y?Mario Díaz-Balart (R-Fla.25), además del?Senador Dick Durbin (D-Ill.),?el Senador Jim Risch (R-Idaho),?Miembro de M… Continue Reading


July 15, 2021

Leading Senators, Representatives Unveil Bipartisan Resolution Reaffirming Congressional Support for Cuba’s Pro-Democracy Movement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined today by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, and Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25), in addition to Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere T… Continue Reading


July 14, 2021

Menendez, Van Hollen, Rubio Lead Colleagues in Urging U.S.-EU Response to Turkish Provocations in Varosha

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), both members of the Committee, today were joined by 11 of their Senate colleagues in condemning Turkey's continuing efforts to open the coastline of Varosha, Cyprus in contravention of several United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions and in defiance of recent calls from the UNSC and the European Council to immediately reverse course. In a b… Continue Reading


July 14, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Hearing on USAID Budget Request

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 to review the FY 2022 budget request for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Testifying before the Committee was USAID Administrator Samantha Power. "As we know, foreign assistance, development aid, and humanitarian relief are not charity programs. USAID programs around the world are concr… Continue Reading


July 13, 2021

Chairman Menendez Demands Action from Biden Admin Following Recent Onslaught of Ransomware Attacks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today penned a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken raising significant concerns regarding the recent wave of ransomware attacks, particularly that which exploited the Kaseya technology firm over the July 4th weekend. The Senator's letter comes as the White House prepares to begin cybersecurity discussions with the Kremlin agreed upon at the Biden-Putin summit. In the interest of safegua… Continue Reading


July 13, 2021

***ICYMI*** SFRC Chairman Menendez Discusses Latest on Pro-Democracy Protests in Cuba on MSNBC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today joined Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC to discuss the latest on the pro-democracy movement in Cuba and the need for the United States to continue to stand with the Cuban people against the authoritarian regime. "The regime has to change in order to let the Cuban people thrive," Chairman Menendez said, condemning the regime's oppressive tactics to subdue people across the island. "This is one of the largest,… Continue Reading


July 13, 2021

Chairman Menendez Delivers Opening Remarks at Nominations Hearing

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 nomination of Mr. Marc Evans Knapper to be Ambassador to Vietnam and the Assistant Secretary of State nominations of the Honorable Gentry O. Smith (Diplomatic Security), the Honorable Rena Bitter (Consular Affairs), and Ms. Monica P. Medina (Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific … Continue Reading


July 13, 2021

Chairman Menendez Speaks Ahead of Vote on Nomination of Uzra Zeya to be Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate Floor in advance of the confirmation vote on the nomination of Uzra Zeya to be Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. "Ms. Zeya is immensely qualified to lead U.S. efforts to re-center our most fundamental values in our foreign policy efforts and to strengthen the bureaus she will lead. Her experience, an… Continue Reading


July 11, 2021

Menéndez Sobre Día Histórico de Manifestaciones contra el Régimen Cubano

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el Senado, emitió las siguientes declaraciones en respuesta a un día de protestas en ciudades y pueblos en Cuba exigiendo el fin de la dictadura comunista: "Después de una jornada histórica de protestas, el mundo entero ha sido testigo de cómo miles de cubanos se vieron forzados a salir a las calles para exigir el fin de la dictadura en su pa&i… Continue Reading

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