Chairman's Press

October 11, 2020

Menendez Statement on International Day of the Girl Child

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement in observance of International Day of the Girl Child to call attention to the increasing vulnerabilities and threats to gender equality that girls face due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "On International Day of the Girl Child, we celebrate the more than 1.1 billion girls around the world who will become the next generation of leaders and change-makers. Th… Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

Senate Democrats Urge President Trump to Stop Erdogan from Violating UN Security Council Resolutions Regarding Varosha

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined today by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) in voicing grave concerns over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's announced intention to open the beach in Varosha, Cyprus, in violation of several United Nations Resolutions and longstanding polic… Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

Menendez, Reed on National Security Implications of Trump Administration’s Rushed Sale of F-35 Jets to UAE

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez, (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today are calling on the Trump Administration to explain in detail how it will deal with specific national security risks inherent in the Administration's proposed sale of the F-35 aircraft to the United Arab Emirates. "There are numerous questions as to how the national security interests of both the U.S. … Continue Reading


October 08, 2020

Menendez, Booker Lead Call for IG Investigation into Racial Targeting of U.S. Diplomats at Border Crossings

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today were joined by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) in calling on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) to open a formal investigation into allegations of racism, racial targeting, and harassment of U.S. government officials by Trump administration Customs and Border… Continue Reading


October 05, 2020

Leading Democrats Raise Questions about Trump Administration’s Export of Potential Missile Materials to China

WASHINGTON - A group of leading national security Democrats today are raising an alarm over an approval by the Trump Administration to export over 227 tons of sensitive material critical to building missiles to the People's Republic of China. In a new letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Senate Foreign Relation Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs S… Continue Reading


October 02, 2020

Menendez Statement on 30th Anniversary of Germany’s Reunification

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign relations Committee, issue the following statement in observance of the 30th anniversary of Germany's reunification: "As Germany marks its 30th anniversary of reunification, I extend my gratitude to the German people and its leaders for their friendship. Three decades after the black, red, and gold flag of a reunited Germany was hoisted above the Brandenburg Gate, Germany is a thriving democracy, a steward of Eu… Continue Reading


October 02, 2020

Following IG Report, Eight Democratic Senators Demand Secretary Pompeo Answer for Department’s Lies About Rescinding Award to Journalist

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), was joined today by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following the publication of an Inspector General report they jointly requested, which found that Trump Administration officials lied to the public and Congress about why it… Continue Reading


October 02, 2020

Senate Dems Urge Pompeo to Deescalate Violence in the South Caucasus and Broker Negotiations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led 11 of his Senate colleagues in raising serious concerns over escalating violence in the south Caucasus between Azerbaijan - backed by Turkey - and Armenia. In a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Senators called for the immediate suspension of U.S. security assistance to Azerbaijan and urged Pompeo to directly engage with leaders in Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Armenia i… Continue Reading


October 01, 2020

Menendez Joins Bipartisan Call for Taiwan Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), today joined a bipartisan call led by Senate Taiwan Caucus co-chair James Inhofe (R-Okla.) in support of negotiating a comprehensive, enforceable trade agreement with Taiwan to strengthen American competitiveness and the United States-Taiwan bilateral relationship. In a letter addressed to ­­United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the bipartisan coalition of Senators asserted that Taiwan i… Continue Reading


October 01, 2020

Menendez Cautions State Department on Trump’s Campaign Against Diversity Training

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is calling on the State Department leadership to preserve efforts to increase workplace diversity and inclusion at the State Department. In a new letter, Menendez pressed Under Secretary of State for Management Brian Bulatao to protect America's diplomatic corps from President Trump's new effort to block federal employees from receiving anti-racist and diversity trainings, particularly thos… Continue Reading


September 30, 2020

Senate Republicans Again Block Venezuela TPS Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, moved on the Senate Floor to immediately pass legislation designating Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). For the fifth time in the last 18 months, Senate Republicans blocked the Venezuela TPS Act of 2019, refusing to affirm the U.S. government's support for Venezuelans and allowing the Trump administration to continue forcefully deporting them back to the Maduro regime. The … Continue Reading


September 30, 2020

Menendez, Risch Request Administration Investigation into Novichok Poisoning of Alexei Navalny

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that the administration consider whether the Russian government poisoned Alexei Navalny with a chemical nerve agent. "We are very concerned by assessments that Russian anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny was poisoned in August 2020, by a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok family," the mem… Continue Reading


September 30, 2020

Los Republicanos Nuevamente Bloquean TPS para Venezuela

WASHINGTON - El senador Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, esta tarde hizo una moción en el Senado para aprobar de inmediato un proyecto de ley designando a Venezuela para un Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS, por sus siglas en ingles). Por quinta vez en los últimos 18 meses, los republicanos del Senado bloquearon la Ley TPS de Venezuela de 2019, negándose a afirmar el apoyo del gobierno de … Continue Reading


September 30, 2020

Menendez Introduces Legislation to Boost U.S.-India Clean Energy and Climate Cooperation

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced the Prioritizing Clean Energy and Climate Cooperation with India Act of 2020. The legislation follows a Congressional Delegation to India in the fall of 2019, during which Senator Menendez engaged with India's Minister of New and Renewable Energy and Indian business leaders to discuss how the U.S. and India can address the threat of climate change and deepen our cooperation on c… Continue Reading


September 25, 2020

Menendez on OIG Investigation into State Department’s False Justifications for Rescinding Award to Finnish Journalist Jessikka Aro

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the newly released report by the State Department Office of the Inspector General (OIG) into the State Department's rescission of the 2019 International Women of Courage (IWOC) award finalist status from Jessikka Aro, a Finnish journalist and campaigner against Kremlin propaganda. The OIG conducted the investigation at the request of Senator Menendez and 7 … Continue Reading


September 24, 2020

Menendez, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Condemning Politically Motivated Imprisonment of Women Activists around the World

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of his Senate Democratic colleagues in introducing a Senate Resolution decrying the politically motivated imprisonment of women around the world and to call for the immediate release of women who are political prisoners. "Women around the world take enormous risks to advance human rights, protect democracy, and pursue progress in their communities every day. Because of their… Continue Reading


September 24, 2020

Menendez, Leahy, and Kaine Unveil Reforms Restricting U.S. Arms Sales to Human Rights Abusers

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today introduced the Safeguarding Human Rights in Arms Exports (SAFEGUARD) Act of 2020. With a growing list of foreign governments using U.S-sold arms and defense services in the commission of human rights abuses against innocent civilians in combat, the senators' new legislation reasserts the importance of Congress' role in the arms s… Continue Reading


September 24, 2020

Menendez Opening Statement at Committee Hearing on U.S. Policy in a Changing Middle East

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening statement at this morning's full committee hearing entitled: "U.S. Policy in a Changing Middle East." Testifying before the committee were Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale and U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams. "Today's hearing implies a Middle East changing for the better for U.S. interests an… Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

Menendez Opening Remarks at Nominations Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening statement at this morning's committee hearing on the nominations of Ashok Michael Pinto to be United States Alternate Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, William Todd to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and Eric Ueland to be an Under Secretary of State (Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights). … Continue Reading


September 21, 2020

Menendez, Rubio Unveil New Effort to Combat Trafficking of Cuban Doctors

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 Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, today introduced the Combating Trafficking of Cuban Doctors Act. The new legislation seeks to strengthen accountability for the Cuban regime's documented human trafficking and exploitation of Cuban doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals through overseas medical missio… Continue Reading

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