Chairman's Press

May 06, 2020

Menendez, Rubio Raise Concerns about Cuba’s Forced Labor Scheme, Urge Pompeo to Direct U.S. Embassies to Engage Host Governments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing their growing concern about the Cuban dictatorship's coercive forced labor scheme impacting doctors and other medical personnel. "In recent years, the Cuban regime's exploitative practices towards Cuba's doctors and medical personnel has been documented at length in investigations by leading med… Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Menendez Probes Trump Admin’s Engagement with WHO at Start of COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called upon Ambassador to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva Andrew Bremberg to detail the nature of U.S. government communications and engagement with the World Health Organization (WHO) during the earliest stages of the global COVID-19 pandemic. "As Congress bolsters the U.S. government response to the COVID-19 pandemic and prepares agains… Continue Reading


May 02, 2020

Menendez, Durbin Press Trump Administration on Deportation of COVID-19-Positive Migrants

WASHINGTON - Following reports documenting that the Administration has deported dozens of Guatemalan, Mexican, and Haitian nationals who tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in their home countries, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) led 13 of their Senate colleagues in calling on the Trump Administration to mandate COVID-19 testing for all migrants before they are deported or transferred … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Menendez Leads Colleagues in Calling for Support of Humanitarian Projects in Nagorno-Karabakh

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a group of colleagues in sending a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations calling on the Subcommittee to include provisions supporting humanitarian demining and UXO clearance programs and other humanitarian assistance to Nagorno-Karabakh in the FY 2021 appropriations bill. "We acknowledge that … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

SFRC Dems Demand USAID be Added to White House Coronavirus Task Force

WASHINGTON - The entire Democratic bench of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was led by Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) in calling on the Trump Administration to grant the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) a spot on the White House Coronavirus Task Force to help develop a cogent international response and engagement strategy on COVID-19. In a letter addressed to Vice President Mike Pence, the Senators called for improved coordination between the United Stat… Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

***VIDEO*** Statement from Ranking Member Menendez on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released a video message to commemorate the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. "I'm honored to join everyone in New Jersey and around the world in commemorating the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. I've been proud to lead the resolution affirming the facts of the Armenian Genocide, and I'm especially proud that last December, after years of work, the resolution in … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Senators to Trump: ‘Make clear that the enemy is not the Asian or Asian-American community, but rather a virus that endangers us all’

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y), Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) today were joined by 25 of their Senate Democratic colleagues in sounding the alarm about the increased harassment and violence against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to President Donald Trump, the Sen… Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Amidst Global Fight against COVID-19, Senators Urge Trump Administration against Upending U.S. Relationship with WHO

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of Democratic senators in urging the Trump Administration to reconsider its treatment of the World Health Organization (WHO) during the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the senators raised concerns about the consequences of further withdrawing the United States from multilateral cooperation to confront th… Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Leading National Security Democrats Raise Alarm over Trump Admin’s Dispute with South Korea Over Cost-Sharing Deal

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-R.I.), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) today raised their growing concerns with the Trump Administration's failure to reach a new burden-sharing deal with South Korea. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, the… Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Menendez, Risch, Durbin Mark 80th Anniversary of the Katyn Massacre with Senate Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, were joined by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in announcing a Senate Resolution commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Katyn Massacre. Eighty years after 22,000 Polish soldiers and civilians were executed by Soviet forces, the bipartisan resolution honors their lives and legacy, and recognizes those who fought to tell the truth of the Katyn Massacre d… Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Menendez Blasts Appointment of Marshall Billingslea as Special Envoy for Arms Control

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senator Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump announced he will name Marshall Billingslea as a Special Envoy for Arms Control, a new position to lead arms control negotiations with the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China. The Senate-confirmed positions that would normally lead arms control negotiations, the Under-Secretary for Arms Control and International Security (T… Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Menendez, Engel, Reed, Smith Statement on Open Skies Treaty

WASHINGTON- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI), and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) today issued the following joint statement in response to reports that the Trump Administration intends to withdraw the United States from the Open Skies Treaty. "We are deeply troubled by the Trump Administration's sustai… Continue Reading


April 06, 2020

Menendez calls for U.S. Leadership at United Nations to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to UN Ambassador Kelly Craft, urging her to take a leadership role at the UN Security Council to pass a resolution on the COVID-19 pandemic. The United Nations' Security Council has not yet held any meetings about the crisis, contrasting its current inaction with its robust response during the 2014 Ebola crisis. "Historically, American leadership has helped the global communit… Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Menendez Helps Secure Evacuation of American Citizens Locked in Peruvian Hostel

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued a statement regarding a group of American citizens that were able to safely return to the United States after being trapped in a mandatory coronavirus quarantine at a hotel in Cusco, Peru. Last week, Peruvian authorities imposed a quarantine on the Pariwana Hostel in Cusco, after two guests tested positive for COVID-19. Rather than remove the COVID positive guests, local authorities… Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Menendez & Engel Propose Policies for Addressing COVID-19 in Iran

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today proposed a series of policies addressing one key part of the global COVID-19 outbreak. The lawmakers' proposals would help ensure humanitarian assistance will be able to flow to Iranian citizens who need it most, while seeking to avoid enriching and empowering the dangerous regime. "The Ira… Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Menendez, Gardner Urge Administration to Reinvigorate North Korea Sanctions Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, are requesting that the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of the Treasury step up enforcement of U.S. sanctions on North Korea, consistent with the bipartisan North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 (NKSPEA) and the Asia… Continue Reading


March 27, 2020

Menendez Calls on State Department to Increase Support Regional and Multilateral Health Organizations amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging expanded support from the Trump Administration for regional and multilateral health organizations as the world unites to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. "At a time of great uncertainty for our nation and the world, it is therefore essential that the U.S. Government marshal an international response to more effectively combat… Continue Reading


March 26, 2020

Menendez Statement on Drug Trafficking Charges against Nicolás Maduro

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding an announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice to file narco-terrorism charges against Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro and his top officials: "Nicolás Maduro has made no secret of his regime's brazen criminality and unchecked violence in order to maintain its white knuckle grip on Venezuela. Today's announcement by the Department … Continue Reading


March 25, 2020

Menendez Statement on Retired FBI Agent Bob Levinson

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to the news that retired FBI agent Bob Levinson is believed to have died in Iranian custody: "My heart goes out to the Levinson family tonight, who are mourning the loss of a beloved husband and father, especially his son, who works in my DC office and his daughters who are New Jersey constituents. For far too long, they fought tirelessly and v… Continue Reading


March 25, 2020

Menendez, Leahy Urge President to Use Upcoming G20 Meeting to Coordinate International Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs sent a letter to President Donald Trump today, urging him to work with world leaders at this week's emergency G20 meeting to implement a powerful international response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senators asked Trump to ensure that the United States and… Continue Reading

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