Chairman's Press

June 17, 2021

Menéndez, Rubio Presentan Proyecto de Ley para Combatir la Trata de Médicos Cubanos

WASHINGTON - Los Senadores Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), el Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el Senado, y Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), el Miembro de Más Alto Rango en el Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental, hoy presentaron el Proyecto de Ley para Combatir la Trata de Médicos Cubanos del 2021. Esta legislación fortalecerá las medidas para que el régimen cubano rinda cuentas por la trata de personas y la explotación de mé… Continue Reading


June 17, 2021

Menendez, Rubio Reintroduce Legislation to Combat Human Trafficking of Cuban Doctors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member of the SFRC Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, today re-introduced the Combatting Trafficking of Cuban Doctors Act of 2021, legislation to strengthen accountability measures addressing the Cuban regime's human trafficking and exploitation of Cuban doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals deployed on foreign medical missions. In additio… Continue Reading


June 17, 2021

Chairman Menendez Introduces Global Labor Rights Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced the Global Labor Support Act to support and advance internationally recognized labor rights around the world. The legislation follows the release last year of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic Staff investigation of the treatment of garment workers, labor rights, and factory safety in Bangladesh. The report, titled "Seven Years After Rana Plaza, Significant Challen… Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Menendez Objects to Senate UC Request to Fast Track Legislation Without Due Consideration by SFRC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today took to the Senate Floor to object to a live unanimous consent request by Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) to skip regular committee consideration and debate by the SFRC for the Stop Taxpayer Funding of Hamas Act, which, given its overly broad provisions, could conceivably prohibit the United States from assisting in the reconstruction of or providing humanitarian aid to anyone living in Gaza. G… Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Statement from Chairman Menendez on Biden-Putin Summit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement today after President Joe Biden met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland: "Today, Americans collectively sighed in relief knowing we have a President that understands the importance of standing up for our friends, defending human rights, and bluntly speaking truth to those who seek to do us harm. "President Biden did his job and stood up fo… Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Menéndez Pide que la Organización Panamericana de la Salud Rinda Cuentas Sobre su Complicidad Con Facilitar la Trata de Doctores Cubanos

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado y el Latino de Más Alto Rango en el Congreso, acudió al pleno del Senado de los Estados Unidos el día de hoy para subrayar su preocupación con la decisión de la administración Biden de presentar un escrito de amicus curiae en el caso judicial Ramona Matos Rodriguez, et al., v. Pan American Health Organization, que incluye serias acusacio… Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Menendez Delivers Floor Remarks Calling for Accountability for the Pan American Health Organization’s Role in Facilitating Human Trafficking of Cuban Doctors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today took to the Senate Floor to raise concerns about the Biden administration's decision to file an amicus brief in the case of Ramona Matos Rodriguez, et al., v. Pan American Health Organization, which involves serious allegations that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) facilitated human trafficking. "The Pan American Health Organization's participation in the Cuban dictators… Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Menendez, Kaine, Young Announce Foreign Relations Committee Will Vote to Repeal 1991 and 2002 AUMFs

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) was joined by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) in issuing the following statements to announce the Committee will take up their bipartisan legislation to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Iraq Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs) at the next business meeting scheduled for June 22, 2021: "The decision to authorize the use of military force is the most important vote that any Member of Congress ca… Continue Reading


June 15, 2021

***ICYMI*** SFRC Chairman Menendez Discusses Expectations for the Biden-Putin Summit, U.S. Policy toward China, Other Foreign Policy News of the Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today went on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Meet the Press Daily with Chuck Todd, and CNN Newsroom with Ana Cabrera to discuss President Joe Biden's trip to meet with United States' G7 and NATO allies, his expectations for the Biden-Putin Summit, U.S. policy toward China, and other foreign policy news of the day. On his expectations and hopes for President Biden's summit with Putin: "We want a … Continue Reading


June 15, 2021

Chairman Menendez Delivers Opening Remarks at Committee 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 Committee hearing on the nominations of the Honorable Todd D. Robinson to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs), Mr. Brett M. Holmgren to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Intelligence and Research), and the Honorable Daniel J. Kritenbrink to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Eas… Continue Reading


June 14, 2021

Mientras Crisis Política en Nicaragua se Agrava, Menéndez y Rubio Instan a la Administración Biden a Subir Presión Sobre Régimen de Ortega

WASHINGTON - Los Senadores Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, y Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental, hoy instaron a la Administración Biden a utilizar todas las herramientas diplomáticas disponibles para enfrentar al régimen de Ortega y sus tácticas, que cada día son más autoritarias y opresivas, para consolidar el poder y s… Continue Reading


June 14, 2021

As Political Crisis in Nicaragua Spirals, Menendez and Rubio Call for Biden Admin To Increase Pressure on Ortega Regime

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, today called on the Biden Administration to make use of all available diplomatic tools to confront the Ortega regime's increasingly authoritarian and oppressive tactics to secure power and undermine fundamental rights in Nicaragua. Citing the recent wave of arrests of opposition leaders, business sector … Continue Reading


June 11, 2021

Menéndez, Rubio, Colegas Reintroducen Proyecto de Ley en Apoyo a Mujeres y Niños Centroamericanos

WASHINGTON - Los senadores estadounidenses Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), el Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores, y Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), el Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental, junto a los senadores Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) y Rob Portman (R-Ohio), reintrodujeron la Ley de Protección de Mujeres y Niños de Centroamérica (S. 2003) para abordar la… Continue Reading


June 11, 2021

Menendez, Rubio, Colleagues Reintroduce Bill in Support of Central American Women and Children

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 the Western Hemisphere, were joined by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in reintroducing the Central American Women and Children Protection Act (S. 2003) to address the protection and safety of women and children in El Salvador, Hondur… Continue Reading


June 10, 2021

Joint Statement from SFRC Chairman Menendez, G7 and EU Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today met with the Foreign Affairs Committee Chairs of the G7 and EU member states to discuss the upcoming G7 Summit. After the meeting, the lawmakers issued the following joint statement: "This year's G7 summit comes at a pivotal moment for the world. We, the G7 Foreign Affairs Committee Chairs of the United States of America, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the E… Continue Reading


June 09, 2021

Chairman Menendez Delivers Floor Remarks on U.S.-Russia Relations Ahead of Biden-Putin Summit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today took to the Senate Floor to deliver remarks on the state of U.S.-Russia relations and the need to respond to the Kremlin's continued aggressions. The Chairman's speech came in advance of next week's summit in Geneva at which President Joe Biden will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I appreciate the Biden administration's desire for a stable and predictable relationship with Rus… Continue Reading


June 09, 2021

Menendez, Rubio Introduce U.S.-Greece Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act of 2021

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.) in introducing new legislation to bolster the United States' defense partnership with Greece. Entitled the U.S.-Greece Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act of 2021, the bipartisan legislation bolsters support for Greek military modernization, authorizing new transfers of American military equipment, and fostering increased multilateral en… Continue Reading


June 09, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Hearing on U.S. Policy toward Belarus

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 on United States policy toward Belarus. Testifying before the Committee were the Honorable Julie Fisher, United States Ambassador-Designate to the Republic of Belarus, U.S. Department of State; Ms. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Leader of the Democratic Opposition in Belarus; and Mr. Jamie Fly, President and CEO of … Continue Reading


June 08, 2021

Chairman Menendez Statement on Senate Approval of China Legislative Package

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), issued the following statement after the Senate voted to approve a comprehensive legislative package to mobilize all of the United States' strategic, economic, and diplomatic tools to compete effectively with China and confront Beijing's challenges to our national and economic security. Entitled the U.S Innovation and Competition Act of 2021, the bipartisan legislation brings together the Strategic Competition Act o… Continue Reading


June 08, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at SFRC Committee Hearing with Secretary of State Blinken

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following opening remarks at this afternoon's full Committee hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2022 State Department Budget Request. Testifying before the Committee was Secretary of State Antony Blinken. "For the international community to work for Americans, for fundamental universal values of human rights, democracy, and equitable prosperity, the United States must invest i… Continue Reading

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