Chairman's Press

February 10, 2021

Menendez, Rubio Seek Answers about Amazon Dealings with Chinese Company Reportedly Complicit in Uyghur Genocide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Co-Chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), in calling on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to detail the nature of his company's dealings with Dahua Technology Co., a Chinese company that has reportedly developed facial recognition software to recognize and report detection of Uyghur Muslims to Chinese authorities, facilitating the Ch… Continue Reading


February 10, 2021

Chairman Menendez Welcomes Biden Administration’s Sanctions on Burma

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement today after the Biden administration announced it will respond to the coup in Myanmar by freezing U.S. government assistance and imposing economic sanctions: "I welcome today's announcement by President Biden that his administration will take concrete and targeted measures to demonstrate to the Burmese military that their actions are unacceptable. As I've said bef… Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Menendez, Rubio Lead Resolution in Support of Interim President Guaidó and Condemning Venezuela’s Fraudulent Legislative Elections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) led a bipartisan group of colleagues in introducing a Senate resolution (S. Res. 44) condemning last year's fraudulent legislative elections by the Maduro regime. The resolution also denounces the lack of free, fair, and transparent elections in Venezuela, as well as the continued erosion … Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Menéndez, Rubio, y Colegas Presentan Resolución Bipartidista

Washington, D.C. - Los senadores estadounidenses Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), y Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lideraron una resolución (S. Res. 44) condenando las fraudulentas elecciones legislativas del año pasado convocadas por el régimen de Maduro. La resolución también denunció la falta de elecciones libres, justas y t… Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Menendez, Rubio Lead Bipartisan Group of Colleagues in Re-Introducing the Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) in re-introducing the Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act. This bipartisan legislation would ensure those Hong Kongers wh… Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Chairman Menendez on President Biden’s Iran Strategy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement today in support of President Biden's recent comments outlining his administration's Iran strategy: "I applaud President Biden for saying this weekend that his administration will not offer significant sanctions relief to the Iranians to get them back to the negotiating table and concur that Iran must stop enriching uranium. I support the administration's efforts t… Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Chairman Menendez on Electoral Crisis in Somalia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Somalia's escalating electoral crisis after President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed's mandate expired without an agreement on the conduct of previously scheduled elections: "I am alarmed by the escalating electoral crisis in Somalia and the real risk of bloodshed as a result of the current political deadlock. The current impasse between President Fa… Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Senadores Presentan Resolución Bipartidista en Apoyo al Movimiento San Isidro de Cuba

WASHINGTON - Los Senadores Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), el presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) y Ben Cardin (D-Md.) presentaron ayer una Resolución expresando la solidaridad del Senado con el Movimiento San Isidro de Cuba, un grupo de artistas y activistas independientes que han sido acosados recientemente por el régimen Cubano por protestar por su derecho a la libertad de expresión. La resolució… Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

U.S. Senators Introduce Bipartisan Resolution in Support of Cuba’s San Isidro Movement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) were joined by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in introducing a Senate resolution expressing the U.S. Senate's solidarity with Cuba's San Isidro Movement, a collective of independent artists and activists who have recently been targeted by the Cuban regime for protesting in support of their right to freedom of expression. The bipartisan resolution ca… Continue Reading


February 05, 2021

Menendez, Barrasso Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Greece’s 200th Independence Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) in introducing a bipartisan Senate resolution commemorating the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence Day, March 25, 2021. The bipartisan resolution celebrates the commitment to democracy that Greece and the United States share as well as the two nations' lasting partnership and rich history of friendship. "It is with great pride that I stand with G… Continue Reading


February 04, 2021

***ICYMI*** Chairman Menendez Discusses Foreign Policy News of the Day on MSNBC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke with MSNBC's Hallie Jackson to discuss his regaining the committee's Chairmanship and his expectations for President Joe Biden's scheduled foreign policy speech at the State Department this afternoon. Chairman Menendez also discussed Russia's sentencing of opposition figure Aleksey Navalny and Canada's recent designation of the Proud Boys as a terrorist entity. "I think… Continue Reading


February 04, 2021

Chairman Menendez Remarks Ahead of SFRC Approval of Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Serve as UN Ambassador

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at this morning's Committee business meeting calling for the confirmation of Linda Thomas-Greenfield to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield's nomination was approved by an 18-4 vote and now moves to the Floor for consideration by the full Senate. "Our country is lucky that the Ambassador has agreed to return to pub… Continue Reading


February 04, 2021

Senator Menendez on Resuming Chairmanship of Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Senator Menendez on Resuming Chairmanship of Senate Foreign Relations Committee WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) issued the following statement after being named Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the 117th Congress: "I am deeply honored to be named Chairman and humbled to again lead of one of the Senate's original ten standing committees; one that has shaped this nation's foreign policy to advance the interests of all Americans in war and peace. "In my 28 y… Continue Reading


January 31, 2021

Menendez Statement on Situation in Myanmar

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), incoming Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to reports of the detention of Myanmar's leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi by the country's armed forces: "I strongly condemn the reported detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian leaders by the Tatmadaw. The launch of another coup would be a tragedy for the people of Burma after a decade of work to establish a civilian-led democratic … Continue Reading


January 29, 2021

As Thousands Prepare to Take to Russia’s Streets Demanding Justice for Navalny, Incoming SFRC Chairman Menendez Urges Accountability for Putin Cronies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), incoming Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is urging the Biden administration to strengthen enforcement and coordination of measures targeting malign Kremlin behavior in the post-Trump era. The Senator's effort follows the Russian government's harsh response to growing peaceful democratic demonstrations across the country demanding Vladimir Putin release Alexei Navalny, a leading opposition leader who was arrested by Russian au… Continue Reading


January 28, 2021

Menendez, Presidente Entrante del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores, Se Reune con el Presidente Ecuatoriano Lenin Moreno

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), el presidente entrante del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, hoy se reunió con el Presidente de Ecuador Lenin Moreno. "Fue un placer darle la bienvenida nuevamente al presidente Lenin Moreno al Capitolio de los Estados Unidos. Como le mencioné al Presidente Moreno, estoy impresionado y entusiasmado al ver el progreso logrado en los últimos años para escribir un nuevo capítulo de la relaci&o… Continue Reading


January 28, 2021

***PHOTO RELEASE*** Incoming Chairman Menendez Meets with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), incoming Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today met with President Lenin Moreno in the U.S. Capitol. "It was a pleasure to again welcome President Lenin Moreno to the U.S. Capitol today. As I told President Moreno, I am impressed and encouraged by the progress made over recent years to write a new chapter in the U.S.-Ecuador relationship. Gone are the days where our nations' engagement was laden with tension and mistrust," Sena… Continue Reading


January 27, 2021

Menendez Opening Remarks at Nomination Hearing for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), incoming Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening statement at this morning's hearing on the nomination of Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. "It is deeply reassuring that President Biden nominated you - a diplomat of immense expertise and skill - to be the next U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. I believe you are superbly qualified to advance… Continue Reading


January 26, 2021

Menendez Remarks Ahead of Vote Confirming Antony Blinken as Secretary of State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), incoming Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on the Senate Floor ahead of today's confirmation vote for Antony Blinken to serve as Secretary of State. "I strongly support Mr. Blinken's nomination today because he is the right person for the job and because we cannot afford to leave this post vacant any longer," Senator Menendez said. "Mr. Blinken must be confirmed so we can start addressing the challenges we face abr… Continue Reading


January 25, 2021

Menendez Remarks Ahead of SFRC Approval of Antony Blinken to Serve as Secretary of State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), incoming Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at this evening's Committee business meeting calling for the confirmation of Antony Blinken to serve as Secretary of State. Mr. Blinken's nomination now moves to the Floor for consideration by the full Senate. "I believe [Secretary Blinken] is the right person to repair and restore our alliances to reinvigorate the relationship betwe… Continue Reading

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