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December 14, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Full Committee Nominations Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the below opening remarks at this morning's full Committee hearing to consider the nominations of the Honorable Donald Armin Blome to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan; the Honorable Eric M. Garcetti to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of… Continue Reading


December 09, 2021

Menéndez Recibe Apoyo de 11 Jefes de Estado del Hemisferio Occidental a Sus Esfuerzos para Autorizar Aumento de Capital del BID

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, hoy emitió las siguientes declaraciones después que el Comité de Relaciones Exteriores recibiera una carta de 11 jefes de estado de América Latina y el Caribe en la que expresan su apoyo a sus esfuerzos en el Congreso para autorizar un aumento de capital para el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID), el principal banco multilateral de desarrollo d… Continue Reading


December 09, 2021

Chairman Menendez Welcomes Support from 11 Heads of State from Western Hemisphere for Efforts to Authorize an IDB Capital Increase

WASHINGTON - Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today issued the following statement after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee received a letter from 11 heads of state from across Latin America and the Caribbean laying out their support for his efforts in Congress to authorize a capital increase for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Western Hemisphere's leading multilateral development bank. "I want to thank the 11 heads of state from Latin America and the Caribbean for their strong… Continue Reading


December 08, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Full Committee Hearing on Future of U.S. Policy on Taiwan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below opening statement at today's full Committee hearing on the future of United States policy on Taiwan. Testifying before the Committee were Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs the Honorable Daniel Kritenbrink and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs the Honorable Ely Ratner. "This hearing on the future of U.S. policy and s… Continue Reading


December 08, 2021

ICYMI: On MSNBC, Chairman Menendez Discusses Latest on Putin’s Military Buildup Along Ukraine’s Border

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Chuck Todd on MSNBC's "Meet the Press Daily" to discuss the latest on Vladimir Putin's military buildup along the border with Ukraine. This week, Menendez convened a full Committee hearing and a classified briefing with senior Biden administration officials to discuss U.S.- Russia Policy and the likely U.S. response if Putin decides to invade Ukraine. "I think that our most … Continue Reading


December 08, 2021

Menéndez y Rubio Instan a Borrell a Apoyar a los Presos Políticos de Cuba

WASHINGTON - Los senadores estadounidenses 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 Hemisferio Occidental, le enviaron una carta al Alto Representante de la Unión Europea, Josep Borrell, instándolo a "ampliar la asistencia de la Unión Europea a los activistas pro-democracia y los defensores de DDHH. en Cuba y reevaluar el Acuerdo de Di&aa… Continue Reading


December 08, 2021

Menendez, Rubio Urge Borrell to Stand with Cuban Political Prisoners

Washington, D.C. - 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 Western Hemisphere, today sent a letter to the European Union's High Representative Josep Borrell urging him to "expand European Union assistance to democracy activists and human rights defenders in Cuba and reevaluate the PDCA to ensure that it allows the European Union to facilitate progress for the Cuban people.… Continue Reading


December 07, 2021

Chairman Menendez Lays Out Opposition to Joint Resolution of Disapproval to Block Proposed Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tonight took to the Senate Floor to lay out his opposition to S. J. Res. 31, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed foreign military sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of certain defense articles. "I carefully consider every arms sale that comes before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for review. Arms sales are a critical tool of foreign policy that can … Continue Reading


December 07, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Full Committee Hearing: Update on U.S.-Russia Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the below opening remarks at this afternoon's full Committee hearing entitled "Updates on U.S.- Russia Policy," convened as Russia continues its massive military buildup along Ukraine's border. Testifying before the Committee was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs the Honorable Victoria Nuland. "I want to be crystal clear to those listening to this hearing in Moscow, … Continue Reading


December 07, 2021

Menéndez, Rubio, Cardin y Cassidy Presentan Resolución Reafirmando Relación Bilateral entre Estados Unidos y la Republica Dominicana

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el Senado, hoy fue acompañado por los Senadores Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental, Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Presidente del Subcomité sobre la Gestión del Departamento de Estado y USAID, y Bill Cassidy (R-La.) en presentar una resolución en el Senado reafirmando la importancia de la relaci&oac… Continue Reading


December 07, 2021

Menendez, Rubio, Cardin, Cassidy Introduce Senate Resolution on Enduring Bilateral Relationship Between United States and Dominican Republic

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today was joined by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member of the SFRC Subcommittee On Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, And Global Women's Issues, Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the Subcommittee On State Department And USAID Management, International Operations, And Bilateral International Development, and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) in introducing a Senate resoluti… Continue Reading


December 06, 2021

Chairman Menendez, Senate Dems Call for Heightened Focus on Human Rights at Upcoming Dialogue with Uzbekistan

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today was joined by five of his Senate Democratic colleagues in calling on the Biden administration to emphasize human rights during the upcoming Strategic Partnership Dialogue between the United States and Uzbekistan in mid-December. While recognizing Uzbekistan's progress on human rights, the senators pressed the Central Asian nation to enact sweeping reforms as promised by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and specifica… Continue Reading


December 06, 2021

Chairman Menendez Statement on Reports of U.S. Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympics

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today released the following statement following reports that the Biden administration will officially impose a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing, China. The Menendez-authored Strategic Competition Act, which passed the Senate as part of the comprehensive legislative package to bolster U.S. competiveness with China, included provisions requiring a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olymp… Continue Reading


December 03, 2021

Chairman Menendez Statement in Observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today issued the following statement in observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Senator also announced he will soon introduce new legislation to build the capacity of local organizations of people with disabilities (OPDs) around the world to support the robust participation, engagement, and achievement of people with disabilities. "On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we reaffi… Continue Reading


December 01, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Full Committee Nominations Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the below opening remarks at this morning's full Committee hearing to consider the nominations of Mr. Scott Nathan to be Chief Executive Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation; the Honorable John R. Bass, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Career Minister, to be an Under Secretary of State (Management); the Honorable Mark Br… Continue Reading


November 30, 2021

Intervención del Senador Menéndez Sobre la Política de EE.UU. en Apoyo a la Democracia en América Latina y el Caribe

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, hoy realizó la siguientes declaraciones durante la audiencia del Comité sobre la política de Estados Unidos en relación a la democracia en América Latina y el Caribe. Testificando hoy ante el Comité estaban el Honorable Brian A. Nichols, Subsecretario de Estado para Asuntos del Hemisferio Occidental, y el Honorable Todd Robinson, Subsec… Continue Reading


November 30, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Full Committee Hearing on U.S. Policy on Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the below opening remarks at this morning's full Committee hearing on United States policy on democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean. Testifying before the Committee were the Honorable Brian A. Nichols, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and the Honorable Todd Robinson, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Aff… Continue Reading


November 18, 2021

Chairman Menendez Questions Witnesses at Subcommittee Hearing on Vaccine Diplomacy in Latin America and the Caribbean

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today questioned witnesses at this morning's Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing entitled "Vaccine Diplomacy in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Importance of U.S. Engagement." "The pandemic exposed many of the region's weaknesses, including widening social inequalities, [expansive informal sectors], growing environmental risks, a gender-based violence epidemic, and weak healthcare and education institu… Continue Reading


November 17, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Hearing on Lessons Learned from U.S. War in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full Committee hearing entitled "Afghanistan 2001-2021: U.S. Policy Lessons Learned." Testifying before the Committee were Ms. Laurel E. Miller, Director of the Asia Program at the International Crisis Group, and the Honorable Ambassador Ryan Crocker, a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "The failure to cement democratic gains in… Continue Reading


November 17, 2021

Chairman Menendez Statement on SFRC Plans to Take Up Kigali Amendment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after the White House submitted the 2016 Kigali Amendment to the 1987 Montreal Protocol for the Senate's Advice and Consent to U.S. accession. The Kigali Amendment is a global agreement for the phasedown on the production and use of chemical Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a family of powerful greenhouse gases, commonly used for refrigeration, air conditioning and … Continue Reading

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