Chairman's Press

November 18, 2020

Menendez Reaction to Trump Administration’s Retreat on Drug Trafficking Case Against Former Mexican Defense Minister

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump administration abruptly dropped the U.S. government's drug trafficking case against Mexico's former defense minister, Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos: "After four years of President Trump's empty boasting that he stands for the rule of law, his term ends with his administration once again turning a blind eye to the facts and selling out U.S. national securi… Continue Reading


November 18, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Statement in Observance of Latvia’s Proclamation 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 Latvia's Proclamation Day November 18: "I extend my best wishes to Latvian-Americans in New Jersey and around the world celebrating Proclamation Day. For generations, Latvians have struggled against authoritarian powers and survived foreign occupations, ultimately repelling these threats and building a vibrant, prosperous society. Latvia is… Continue Reading


November 18, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Statement in Observance of Latvia’s Proclamation 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 Latvia's Proclamation Day November 18: "I extend my best wishes to Latvian-Americans in New Jersey and around the world celebrating Proclamation Day. For generations, Latvians have struggled against authoritarian powers and survived foreign occupations, ultimately repelling these threats and building a vibrant, prosperous society. Latvia is… Continue Reading


November 17, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Delivers Remarks on Implications of Conflict in the South Caucasus

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered remarks on the Senate Floor on the Turkish-backed conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The Senator addressed the implications for regional stability following a Moscow-brokered agreement that grants Russia another foothold in the south Caucasus, as well as the need for President-elect Biden to reassert American leadership following the Trump administration's failure to defend… Continue Reading


November 14, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Statement in Observance of Diwali

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in observance of the holiday of Diwali, the Indian festival of lights: "As the Hindu, Jain, and Sikh communities in New Jersey and around the world celebrate Diwali, I join millions who are lighting lamps and extend my warmest wishes for a safe and happy holiday. These tiny flames illuminate the darkness and symbolize our common pursuit of light, knowledge, and… Continue Reading


November 11, 2020

Menendez Statement on Developments in the South Caucasus

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Russia-negotiated agreement to cease fighting in the south Caucasus region: "This is a tragic moment for ethnic Armenians everywhere. The agreement signed earlier this week strengthens the hand of Russia, Turkey and Azerbaijan in the south Caucasus and could destabilize the region for years to come. After top Trump administration officials decid… Continue Reading


November 09, 2020

Menendez Statement on Worsening Situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the escalating violence in Ethiopia's Tigray region: "I join the growing calls from the international community urging Ethiopia's Federal government and officials in the Tigray region to agree to an immediate ceasefire. The recent violence in Tigray between the two parties is deeply concerning and further escalation could lead to catastrophic los… Continue Reading


November 05, 2020

Menendez Statement on Trump Administration’s Formal Withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump Administration completed the United States' official withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement: "As the American people wait for every one of their votes to be counted, we are painfully reminded that the damage caused by President Trump's failed and morally bankrupt foreign policy will not disappear with his presidency. Withdrawing from the P… Continue Reading


October 30, 2020

Menendez Statement on Violence Surrounding Tanzania’s Presidential Election

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez, (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the wave of violence surrounding Tanzania's presidential election: "The growing reports of deadly violence, intimidation, internet disruptions and electoral fraud surrounding Tanzania's presidential election are a severe blow to decades of democratic gains and aspirations of the Tanzanian people. These events are the culmination of five years of sustained a… Continue Reading


October 29, 2020

Menendez Statement on Trump Administration’s Proposed Rushed Sale of F-35 Jets to UAE

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez, (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump administration submitted an informal notification to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the proposed sale of the F-35 aircraft to the United Arab Emirates: "As feared, the details of this proposed sale suggest President Trump is seeking to rush through an increase of complex weapons systems into a volatile region seemingly without serious con… Continue Reading


October 28, 2020

Menendez Calls for New Sanctions on Russian Military Intelligence Officers for Cyberattacks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is calling on the Trump administration to impose targeted sanctions on five Russian nationals recently indicted by the Justice Department for a series of recent cyberattacks across the world perpetrated to further Russian interests. In a letter addressed to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Ranking Member Menendez urged the administration to counter such threats to American security… Continue Reading


October 28, 2020

Menendez, Castro, Torres Lead Bicameral Call For Accountability Following Trump Administration’s Reckless Immigration Operation in Guatemala

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-Calif.) today led more than 40 of their Democratic Senate and House colleagues in demanding that the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) take immediate action to prevent U.S. immigration authorities overseas from co… Continue Reading


October 27, 2020

Bipartisan Letter Calls for Sanctions on Bangladeshi Battalion for Extrajudicial Killings, Enforced Disappearances, Torture

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) in leading eight of their Senate colleagues in calling on the Trump administration to impose sanctions on senior commanders of Bangladesh's Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), which has reportedly killed more than 400 people extrajudicially since 2015. In a bipartisan letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steve… Continue Reading


October 27, 2020

Menendez Statement on Michael Pack’s Latest Attack on USAGM

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after Michael Pack, CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), repealed the editorial independence firewall rule designed to protect the work of the USAGM's networks and grantees from political interference: "Editorial independence and integrity is a statutorily-mandated component of USAGM's work. This principle sets the networks and grantees apart f… Continue Reading


October 27, 2020

Menendez, Cornyn Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Designate Uyghur Human Rights Abuses by China as Genocide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and John Cornyn (R-Texas) yesterday introduced a bipartisan resolution to designate human rights abuses perpetrated by the People's Republic of China against the Uyghur people and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) as genocide. The resolution would hold China accountable under the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the… Continue Reading


October 23, 2020

Menendez Introduces Resolution Calling on Government of Tanzania To Ensure Free and Fair Elections

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 Tanzania and all parties to ensure free and fair elections ahead of the country's October 2020 electoral cycle. Since President John Magufuli's election in 2015, Tanzanians have witnessed significant erosions of political rights. "The upcoming elections in Tanzania represent an opportunity for the Government and people of … Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

Menendez, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Require Reviews of Azerbaijan’s and Turkey’s Human Rights Abuses

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Bob Casey Jr. (D-Penn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) today introduced two resolutions to require Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to detail Azerbaijan's and Turkey's human rights abuses throughout the south Caucasus, within their own countries, and, in Turkey's case, in Syria, Iraq, and Libya.… Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

Senate Democrats Denounce Trump Administration’s Historically Low Refugee Resettlement Goal and Push for Increased Admissions

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by 22 of his Senate Democratic colleagues in opposing the Trump administration's proposal to cap refugee admissions at 15,000 for Fiscal Year 2021-the lowest ceiling in the history of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP)-and in urging the administration to increase refugee admissions. "The United States has a long, bipartisan legacy of providing refugees protection thro… Continue Reading


October 21, 2020

Menendez Statement on the Nigerian Government’s Crackdown on Peaceful Demonstrators

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the Nigerian government's response to peaceful protests calling for an end to police brutality: "I condemn the shooting of innocent civilians in Nigeria, and call for an immediate transparent investigation into the alleged actions of the military. I stand in solidarity with Nigerians who are peacefully calling for police reforms and an end to government corrup… Continue Reading


October 21, 2020

Menendez Publishes New Report Cataloging Trump’s Foreign Policy Legacy of Chaos, Neglect, and Diplomatic Failures

WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic Staff today published a comprehensive report commissioned by Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) documenting the damage caused by President Trump's failed foreign policy and his unprecedented assault on America's exceptionalism on the global stage. Titled The Cost of Trump Foreign Policy: Damage and Consequences for U.S. and Global Security, the report draws from interviews with dozens of former U.S. government officials, foreign … Continue Reading

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