Chairman's Press

July 21, 2022

***PHOTO RELEASE*** SFRC Chairman Presents Japan’s Ambassador to the United States with Senate Condolence Book for Prime Minister Abe Shinzo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after hosting Japanese Ambassador to the United States Tomita Koji in the Capitol and presenting him with a Senate condolence book following the assassination of Former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. CLICK TO VIEW PHOTO ALBUM "On behalf of the United States Senate, I was honored to entrust Ambassador Tomita with this book expressing our condolences on the pa… Continue Reading


July 21, 2022

Menendez, Risch, Rubio, Colleagues’ Bill to Reauthorize United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Passes Senate

WASHINGTON - The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, is a bipartisan commission that monitors religious freedom internationally. The commission's authorization is currently set to expire September 30, 2022. In response, the U.S. Senate passed the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2022 . The bill, introduced by U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim… Continue Reading


July 21, 2022

Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Starvation as a Weapon of War Passes the Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and James Risch (R-Ind.)?announced that their bipartisan Senate resolution condemning the use of starvation and hunger as weapons of war has passed the Senate unanimously.? In May, the Senators introduced their resolution not only condemning the use of hunger as a weapon of war, but also recognizing the effect of conflict on global food security and famine, w… Continue Reading


July 20, 2022

Chairman Menendez Statement on State Department 2022 Trafficking in Persons Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the State Department's publication of the 2022 Trafficking in Persons Report: "The State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the touchstone for the United States' commitment and credibility in fighting the scourge of modern day slavery. As human traffickers continue to seize any opportunity to exploit people in desperate circumstances, inc… Continue Reading


July 20, 2022

SFRC Chairman Menendez Remarks at Full Committee Hearing: “Global Food Security Crisis and the U.S. Response”

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 entitled "Global Food Security Crisis and the U.S. Response." Testifying before the Committee were U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley. "We must be crysta… Continue Reading


July 19, 2022

Menendez, Graham Introduce Bill to Track Iran Nuclear Efforts

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) today introduced the Iran Nuclear Weapons Capability Monitoring Act of 2022 to establish a task force to monitor the nuclear weapons and missile capabilities of Iran. The legislation establishes a joint task force led by the Department of State to monitor and regularly report to the appropriate congressional committees on Iran's nuclear weapons and missile activities. The report wi… Continue Reading


July 19, 2022

Menendez, Risch, Colleagues Celebrate SFRC Approval of Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2022

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today were joined by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in releasing the below statements following the Committee's passage of their legislation to reauthorize the Peace Corps for the first time in over 20 years. Authorizing the appropriation of more than $410,000,000 per year, the bipart… Continue Reading


July 19, 2022

Menendez, Rubio Bill to Boost U.S. Security Engagement in Western Hemisphere Advances

In response, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations passed the Western Hemisphere Security Strategy Act of 2022. The bipartisan bill, introduced by U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), would propose an increase in bilateral and multilateral security cooperation in the Western Hemisphere, as well as a push to disrupt and counter illicit narcotics trafficking. "I am very proud to see the Senate Foreign Relations Committee come together to approve this common sense le… Continue Reading


July 19, 2022

Menendez, Risch Statement on SFRC Approval of NATO Protocols for Sweden and Finland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the below statements in reaction to the Committee's approval of the resolution of advice and consent to ratify the NATO accession protocols for Sweden and Finland. The accession protocols and resolution of advice and consent move next to the Floor for consideration by the full Senate. "Finland's and Sweden's accession to NATO is undoubt… Continue Reading


July 12, 2022

Senators Menendez, Booker Pen Letter to POTUS on Investigations into Death of NJ Resident, Palestinian-American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

WASHINGTON -?Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to President Biden in advance of his upcoming travel to the Middle East regarding investigations into the death of Palestinian-American journalist and New Jersey resident Shireen Abu Akleh. Condemning the attack on mourners during Ms. Abu Akleh's funeral procession, the senators urged President Biden to raise Ms. … Continue Reading


July 12, 2022

SFRC Chairman Menendez Statement in Advance of President Biden’s Trip to Israel, the West Bank, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the below statement in advance of President Biden's trip to Israel, the West Bank, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: "As the President leaves on his first visit to the Middle East, the region faces similar challenges and opportunities as the rest of the world, including an ambitious China and competitive, revanchist Russia; the ongoing threat of terrorism and a dangerously advancin… Continue Reading


July 12, 2022

SFRC Chairman Menendez Remarks at Full Committee Hearing: “Instability and the State of Democracy in the Sahel and the U.S. Policy Response"

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 entitled "Instability and the State of Democracy in the Sahel and the U.S. Policy Response." Testifying before the Committee were Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Phee; Assistant to the Administrator for the USAID Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Stabilization Robert Jenkins; and Deputy … Continue Reading


July 12, 2022

Senadores Menéndez, Kaine y Colegas Presentan Resolución Condenando la Violencia contra Periodistas en México

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el Senado, hoy junto al Senador Tim Kaine (D-Va.), presidente del Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental, y ocho de sus colegas demócratas del Senado, presentaron una resolución que condena los altos niveles de violencia contra los periodistas en México y expresa su apoyo por mayores esfuerzos para salvaguardar la libertad de prensa en el país vecino… Continue Reading


July 12, 2022

Senators Menendez, Kaine Lead Eight Democratic Colleagues in Introducing Resolution Condemning Violence against Journalists in Mexico

WASHINGTON -?U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chairman of the SFRC Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, and eight of their democratic Senate colleagues in introducing a resolution condemning consistently high levels of violence against journalists in Mexico and expressing support for increased efforts to safeguard Mexican freedom of the press. Following the ongoing spike in extrajudicial killings… Continue Reading


July 11, 2022

SFRC Chairman Menendez Introduces Senate Resolution in Support of Democracy in Chad

WASHINGTON -?U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced a resolution condemning the April 2021 coup d'etat in Chad and urging the country's transition to democracy. The resolution calls for General Mahamat Deby and transitional authorities' commitment to organize elections in in 2022 in accordance with the timeframe endorsed by the African Union in addition to their pledge not to run as candidates. The resolution also presses the Sta… Continue Reading


July 11, 2022

Declaraciones del Senador Menéndez sobre Decisión de la Administración Biden de Extender, pero no Reasignar a Venezuela para el Estatus de Protección Temporal

WASHINGTON -?El senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el Senado, hoy emitió las siguientes declaraciones en reacción a la decisión de la Administración Biden de extender pero no reasignar a Venezuela para el Estatus de Protección Temporal: "Aplaudo la decisión de la Administración Biden de extender el período de inscripción para los venezolanos en el programa de Estatus de Pro… Continue Reading


July 11, 2022

SFRC Chairman Menendez Statement on Biden Admin Decision to Extend, Not to Re-Designate Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status

WASHINGTON -?U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the below statement in reaction to the Biden administration's decision to extend but not to re-designate Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status: "I commend the Biden administration's decision to extend the registration period for Venezuela Temporary Protected Status beyond the September 9, 2022 deadline. The extension will enable tens of thousands of Venezuelans who arrived befo… Continue Reading


July 08, 2022

SFRC Chairman Menendez Statement on Assassination of Former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo

WASHINGTON -?U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the below statement following the assassination of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo: "I join the people of Japan and the world in mourning the loss of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. A giant in Japanese politics, he was a good friend and partner to the United States, and his strategic vision and his commitment to strengthening our alliance and to bolstering global security have … Continue Reading


July 08, 2022

Senador Menéndez Lidera Esfuerzo con 21 Colegas en Pedir la Extensión y Reasignación del TPS para Venezuela

WASHINGTON - El senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el Senado, lideró hoy un esfuerzo con 21 de sus colegas del Senado para instar a la Administración Biden a que continúe protegiendo a los venezolanos desplazados mediante la extensión y la reasignación de Venezuela para el Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS, por sus siglas en inglés). En una nueva carta dirigida al Secretario de Estado, … Continue Reading


July 08, 2022

SFRC Chairman Menendez Leads 21 Colleagues in Calling for TPS Extension, Re-Designation for Venezuela

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led 21 of his Senate colleagues in calling on the Biden administration to continue to protect displaced Venezuelans by extending and re-designating Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). In a new letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, the senators underscored the Maduro regime's crimes against humanity in addition to the u… Continue Reading

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