Chairman's Press

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


December 09, 2020

Menendez-Schumer Statement on Negotiations with Trump Administration on Legislation to Restore Sudan's Sovereign Immunity

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 on their ongoing negotiations with the Trump administration over legislation to restore Sudan's immunity, as appropriate, from terror-related lawsuits: "After months of delay, the State Department provided Congress with the key portions of the claims agreement with Sudan on November 6. Since then, our offices, in consultation wit… Continue Reading


December 09, 2020

Menendez-Schumer Statement on Negotiations with Trump Administration on Legislation to Restore Sudan's Sovereign Immunity

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 on their ongoing negotiations with the Trump administration over legislation to restore Sudan's immunity, as appropriate, from terror-related lawsuits: "After months of delay, the State Department provided Congress with the key portions of the claims agreement with Sudan on November 6. Since then, our offices, in consultation w… Continue Reading


December 07, 2020

Menendez Statement on Passing of Former U.S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement on the passing of former Senator Paul S. Sarbanes: "It is with great sadness that I learn of the passing of former Senator Paul Sarbanes, a devoted public servant whose groundbreaking efforts continue to preserve and defend the wellbeing and interests of the United States today. "I am fortunate enough to have served in Congress alongside Paul and to witne… Continue Reading


December 06, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Statement in Observance of Finland’s Independence 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 Finland's Independence Day, December 6: "I extend my best wishes to the Finnish people as you celebrate your Independence Day. The U.S. and Finland have a strong partnership based on shared values and ideals, as well as robust economic ties. I am especially proud of our history of working together to support democracy and human rights around … Continue Reading


December 04, 2020

Menendez, Durbin Statement Ahead of Maduro Regime’s Sham Elections in Venezuela

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) issued the following statement denouncing the Maduro regime's sham elections scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 6. "For nearly two years, world leaders have stood in solidarity with Interim President Juan Guaidó and Venezuela's last democratically-elected institution, the National Assembly, as they have faced severe political repression and a… Continue Reading

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