Chairman's Press

January 19, 2021

Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Hearing on Antony Blinken Nomination to Serve as Secretary of State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), incoming Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following opening remarks at this afternoon's hearing on the nomination of Antony Blinken to serve as Secretary of State. Blinken has previously served as Staff Director of the Foreign Relations Committee, Deputy Secretary of State, and as a member of the Obama-Biden administration's national security team. If confirmed, your task will be to repair and restore Americ… Continue Reading


January 19, 2021

Senator Menendez Statement on Uganda’s Elections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on Uganda's January 14 elections, which saw President Yoweri Museveni secure a 6th term in office amid government repression and allegations of vote rigging. "Sadly, Uganda's January 14th elections were yet another reminder that the Museveni regime has no interest in respecting the democratic aspirations of the Ugandan people. The pervasive harassment of oppo… Continue Reading


January 18, 2021

Menéndez Publica Nuevo Informe Documentando Crueldad, Coerción y Contorsiones Legales en los Acuerdos de Asilo de la Administración Trump

WASHINGTON - El equipo demócrata del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado hoy publicó un informe comisionado por el presidente entrante del Comité Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.) sobre los Acuerdos de Cooperación de Asilo (ACAs, por sus siglas en inglés) entre Estados Unidos y Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador. Detallando una de las políticas migratorias más draconianas instituidas por la administración de Trump, el informe demues… Continue Reading


January 18, 2021

Menendez Publishes New Report Documenting Cruelty, Coercion, and Legal Contortions in Trump Administration’s Asylum Agreements

WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic staff today is releasing a report commissioned by incoming Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on the United States' Asylum Cooperative Agreements (ACAs) with Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Exposing one of the most draconian immigration policies instituted under the Trump administration, the report demonstrates how the ACAs were effectively designed to punish people seeking safety in the U.S. by forcibly sending them to c… Continue Reading


January 14, 2021

Menendez Statement on 10thAnniversary of Former Dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s Flight from Tunisia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Tunisia's ouster of former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali: "Ten years ago today, the people of Tunisia cast off their authoritarian regime and began an inspiring journey towards freedom, democracy and the rule of law. In the ten years since, Tunisia has become a close and trusted security partner for the United… Continue Reading


January 14, 2021

Menendez Joins Calls Demanding VOA Director’s Resignation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement joining the growing calls for Voice of America (VOA) Director Robert Reilly to resign after he demoted senior White House correspondent Patsy Widakuswara for asking Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the seditious attack on the U.S. Capitol. Widakuswara questioned Secretary Pompeo after he delivered a speech to Voice of America (VOA) employees in which he ac… Continue Reading


December 31, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Statement for the Senate Record on Safeguarding Democracy in Uganda

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, strongly condemns the arrest of the Honourable Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, and calls on the Ugandan government to immediately release him and cease its harassment of his presidential campaign. Yesterday, Senator Menendez submitted the following statement for the Senate record in advance of upcoming January 2021 elections in Uganda: "Mr. President, I rise with grave concern to speak about t… Continue Reading


December 21, 2020

Senators Menendez, Rubio, Leahy, Coons, Shaheen Celebrate Expected Passage of Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today released the following statements on securing passage of the Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act (S.712) as part of the end-of-year funding legislation approved by the Senate today: "Earlier this year, we learned that Bob Levinson, the longest-held hostage … Continue Reading


December 21, 2020

Menendez, Schumer Announce Breakthrough in Negotiations on Legislation to Protect Victims of Terrorism and Improve Relations With Sudan

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 announcing they have reached an agreement with the Trump administration to include historic legislation to protect victims of terrorism and restore Sudan's immunity from terror-related lawsuits as part of the end of year omnibus spending package being voted on by Congress. Passage of the Senators' Sudan Claims Resolution Act (SCRA… Continue Reading


December 18, 2020

Bipartisan Save Our Seas 2.0 Act Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined today by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) and Don Young (R-Alaska) in welcoming the signing of the Save Our Seas (SOS) 2.0 Act, the most comprehensive legislation ever passed by Congress to address the plastic debris crisis threatening coastal ecosystems and communities and harming marine life. "I am … Continue Reading


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

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