Chairman's Press

October 20, 2020

Menendez, Rubio, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Rejecting the Upcoming Fraudulent Legislative Elections in Venezuela

Washington, D.C. - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a Senate resolution condemning the Maduro regime's ongoing efforts to hold fraudulent legislative elections scheduled for this December. The upcoming fraudulent elections will fail to meet minimal democratic standards and are a direct attack against the nation's National Assembly, the only remaining democratically-elected institution in Venezuela… Continue Reading


October 20, 2020

Menendez, Feinstein Introduce Secure F-35 Exports Act of 2020

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today introduced the Secure F-35 Exports Act of 2020, legislation to reassert Congressional oversight over the sale of sophisticated and mission-critical American military systems. The new legislation comes against the backdrop of the Trump administration's efforts to rush the sale of the United States' most advanced fighter aircraft to the United Arab Emi… Continue Reading


October 20, 2020

Menendez Statement on Reported U.S.-Russia Deal on Strategic Arms Control

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement following reports of a potential short-term arms control agreement between the United States and Russia: "If the reports are correct, I welcome the news that the Trump administration has adopted Democrat's position on strategic arms control. "As we have repeatedly told President Trump for years, it is in the national interest of the United States to extend the N… Continue Reading


October 19, 2020

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Menendez to Publish Report Cataloguing Damage Caused by Trump’s Failed Foreign Policy

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will convene a virtual conversation on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 11:30 AM EDT to unveil a new report being published by the SFRC Democratic Staff. Entitled "The Cost of Trump's Foreign Policy: Damage and Consequences for U.S. and Global Security," the report was commissioned by Ranking Member Menendez to provide a comprehensive examination by Congress of the Trump administration's dangero… Continue Reading


October 16, 2020

Menendez Statement on Turkey’s Reported Test of S-400 Air Defense System

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in reaction to reports that the Turkish military has begun testing S-400 air defense systems purchased from Russia: "Today's test by Turkey of the Russian-made S-400 air defense system is a stark reminder that Ankara is not deterred by simple meek pleas coming from the Trump administration. Erdogan only responds to actions, not words. In July 2019, Turkey t… Continue Reading


October 16, 2020

Menéndez Revela Deportaciones Secretas de la Administración Trump a Venezuela

Expulsión de Venezolanos usando vuelos indirectos pudo violar la ley y la política de los Estados Unidos Deportaciones subrayan la hipocresía de la administración Trump hacia las víctimas del régimen de Maduro WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, hoy exigió a la Administración Trump que rinda cuentas sobre deportaciones secretas de … Continue Reading


October 16, 2020

Menendez Reveals Trump Administration’s Stealth Deportations to Venezuela Via Third Countries

Indirect Flights May Have Circumvented U.S. Law and Policy, Deportations Highlight Trump Administration's Hypocrisy Towards the Victims of the Maduro Regime WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is demanding that the Trump Administration answer questions about stealth deportations of Venezuelan nationals during fiscal year 2020 in a possible violation of U.S. law and policies. Menendez called on the Administration to immedia… Continue Reading


October 15, 2020

Menendez, Colleagues Call on Library of Congress to Recognize Armenian Genocide Despite Trump Administration’s Denial

"Given that the role of the Library of Congress is to inform Congress and the public, we would submit that the Library has an obligation to describe historical events like the Armenian Genocide in the most historically accurate manner." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), C… Continue Reading


October 13, 2020

Menéndez Publica Reporte Revelando que DHS Participó en Operativo Migratorio en Centroamerica

Senador revela que agentes migratorios de Estados Unidos alquilaron camionetas sin identificación en Guatemala para trasladar a familias migrantes de regreso a la frontera entre Guatemala y Honduras Menéndez urge a los Inspectores Generales que investiguen al Departamento de Seguridad Nacional por mal uso de fondos del Departamento de Estado, violar un acuerdo entre los dos departamentos, tratar de ocultar la existencia de la operación y permitir que el Departamento de Est… Continue Reading


October 13, 2020

Menendez Publishes Report Exposing DHS Involvement in Reckless Overseas Operation

Senator reveals U.S. immigration agents rented unmarked vans in Guatemala to haul migrant families back to Guatemala-Honduras border Ranking Member Menendez calls on Inspectors General to investigate how DHS misused State Department funds, violated a written agreement between the two departments, tried to hide the existence of the operation, and caused the State Department to provide misleading information to Congress WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic staff toda… Continue Reading


October 11, 2020

Menendez Statement on International Day of the Girl Child

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement in observance of International Day of the Girl Child to call attention to the increasing vulnerabilities and threats to gender equality that girls face due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "On International Day of the Girl Child, we celebrate the more than 1.1 billion girls around the world who will become the next generation of leaders and change-makers. Th… Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

Senate Democrats Urge President Trump to Stop Erdogan from Violating UN Security Council Resolutions Regarding Varosha

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined today by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) in voicing grave concerns over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's announced intention to open the beach in Varosha, Cyprus, in violation of several United Nations Resolutions and longstanding polic… Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

Menendez, Reed on National Security Implications of Trump Administration’s Rushed Sale of F-35 Jets to UAE

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez, (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today are calling on the Trump Administration to explain in detail how it will deal with specific national security risks inherent in the Administration's proposed sale of the F-35 aircraft to the United Arab Emirates. "There are numerous questions as to how the national security interests of both the U.S. … Continue Reading


October 08, 2020

Menendez, Booker Lead Call for IG Investigation into Racial Targeting of U.S. Diplomats at Border Crossings

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today were joined by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) in calling on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) to open a formal investigation into allegations of racism, racial targeting, and harassment of U.S. government officials by Trump administration Customs and Border… Continue Reading


October 05, 2020

Leading Democrats Raise Questions about Trump Administration’s Export of Potential Missile Materials to China

WASHINGTON - A group of leading national security Democrats today are raising an alarm over an approval by the Trump Administration to export over 227 tons of sensitive material critical to building missiles to the People's Republic of China. In a new letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Senate Foreign Relation Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs S… Continue Reading


October 02, 2020

Menendez Statement on 30th Anniversary of Germany’s Reunification

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign relations Committee, issue the following statement in observance of the 30th anniversary of Germany's reunification: "As Germany marks its 30th anniversary of reunification, I extend my gratitude to the German people and its leaders for their friendship. Three decades after the black, red, and gold flag of a reunited Germany was hoisted above the Brandenburg Gate, Germany is a thriving democracy, a steward of Eu… Continue Reading


October 02, 2020

Following IG Report, Eight Democratic Senators Demand Secretary Pompeo Answer for Department’s Lies About Rescinding Award to Journalist

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), was joined today by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following the publication of an Inspector General report they jointly requested, which found that Trump Administration officials lied to the public and Congress about why it… Continue Reading


October 02, 2020

Senate Dems Urge Pompeo to Deescalate Violence in the South Caucasus and Broker Negotiations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led 11 of his Senate colleagues in raising serious concerns over escalating violence in the south Caucasus between Azerbaijan - backed by Turkey - and Armenia. In a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Senators called for the immediate suspension of U.S. security assistance to Azerbaijan and urged Pompeo to directly engage with leaders in Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Armenia i… Continue Reading


October 01, 2020

Menendez Joins Bipartisan Call for Taiwan Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), today joined a bipartisan call led by Senate Taiwan Caucus co-chair James Inhofe (R-Okla.) in support of negotiating a comprehensive, enforceable trade agreement with Taiwan to strengthen American competitiveness and the United States-Taiwan bilateral relationship. In a letter addressed to ­­United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the bipartisan coalition of Senators asserted that Taiwan i… Continue Reading


October 01, 2020

Menendez Cautions State Department on Trump’s Campaign Against Diversity Training

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is calling on the State Department leadership to preserve efforts to increase workplace diversity and inclusion at the State Department. In a new letter, Menendez pressed Under Secretary of State for Management Brian Bulatao to protect America's diplomatic corps from President Trump's new effort to block federal employees from receiving anti-racist and diversity trainings, particularly thos… Continue Reading

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