Chairman's Press

February 28, 2020

Menendez and Reed Oppose Potential U.S. Withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty

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 sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing their concerns about the Trump Administration's expected withdrawal of the United States from the Open Skies Treaty, a key part of America's international arms control strategy. The Open Skies Treaty allows the 34 signatory countries, including… Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Menendez Statement on Deadly Delhi Riots

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the deadly riots in Delhi: "I am deeply concerned about the impact and consequences resulting from the shocking communal violence that unfolded in Delhi this week, particularly as it relates to India's democracy and human rights. On Sunday, clashes erupted between supporters and opponents of the Citizenship Amendment Act, which I have previously warned th… Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Menendez & Engel Expand Investigations into Politically-Motivated Retaliation at the State Department

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, earlier this week took further steps in their investigation into reports of politically-motivated retaliation against employees at the State Department. Over the past year, the Committees' investigations, as well as two State Department Inspector General reports from 2019, found that top Administration officials improp… Continue Reading


February 25, 2020

Senators Menendez, Cardin Discuss New GAO Report on Lack of Diversity in the State Department

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today convened a Congressional briefing on the public release of a new GAO report titled "State Department: Additional Steps are Needed to Identify Potential Barriers to Diversity." As co-requesters of the report, Menendez and Cardin addressed a room of government officials and other interested parties about the challenges to building and maintaining a State Depa… Continue Reading


February 24, 2020

Menendez, Schumer, Brown Demand Secretaries Mnuchin And Pompeo Use Authority Congress Granted Them In 2017 and Executive Orders To Immediately Impose New Sanctions On Russia For Reported Ongoing Efforts To Interfere in U.S. 2020 Election

In New Letter To Secretaries Mnuchin And Pompeo, Senators Schumer, Menendez, And Brown Urge President Trump To Act On Reported Intelligence Community Consensus That Russia Is Actively Engaged In Election Interference + Identify And Target For Sanctions Those Responsible The Senators' Letter Comes On Heels Of President Trump's Reported Rejection Of Intelligence Community Consensus That Russia Is Engaged In Election Interference, and His Refusal To Impose Needed Sanctions Senate Dems Say Mnuchi… Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Menendez Statement on Situation in Idlib, Syria

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding the humanitarian crisis and risk of escalation in Syria's Idlib province. "The unthinkable horrors unfolding in Idlib, Syria have been years in the making. More than 900,000 civilians have fled from the frontlines since December 1, most of whom are women and children. The Syrian regime and Russian aircraft are continuing to hammer civilians and refugees tr… Continue Reading


February 18, 2020

Sens. Menendez, Leahy, Murphy, Van Hollen, Wyden Urge Sec. Pompeo to Address Saudis’ Detention of American Doctor while in Riyadh

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging him to seek a resolution of the case against Dr. Walid Fitaihi, a Saudi-American physician detained without charge by the Saudi government for nearly two years. The senators' letter calls upon Secretary Pompeo to raise the case… Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

In Keynote Address, Menendez Unveils Post-Impeachment Reform Agenda for Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member or the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered keynote remarks laying out a comprehensive series of reform proposals in the wake of President Trump's impeachment and his conduct regarding Ukraine. At a Brookings Institution event titled Transparency and Governance in U.S. Foreign Policy, Menendez examined solutions for the President's commandeering of foreign policy for his own benefit, unprecedented stonewalling of Cong… Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Menendez, Risch Call for Peaceful Dialogue in El Salvador

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to a dispute between the president and the national assembly in El Salvador: "The United States and El Salvador enjoy a historic partnership, and we strongly support continued economic and security cooperation between our two countries. However, we remain deeply concerned about President Bukele's deplo… Continue Reading


February 12, 2020

In Response to Menendez, Mnuchin Refuses to Commit He Won’t Use Sanctions to Advance Trump’s Political Agenda

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today asked Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin about whether he could guarantee that the Treasury Department would remain free from political influence from President Trump. Confronted by Menendez at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on President Trump's FY2021 budget proposal, Mnuchin refused to make a commitment that he would not let President Trump pressure him into advancing his political ag… Continue Reading


February 12, 2020

Menendez on UN Blacklist of Companies Doing Business in West Bank Settlements

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report identifying businesses with ties in the Israeli West Bank settlements. "I strongly oppose the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) release of a blacklist of organizations including U.S. companies. This list and its public release were driven b… Continue Reading


February 12, 2020

Menendez Opening Statement at U.S.-Libya Policy Hearing

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks at a full committee hearing exploring the current state of U.S.-Libya Policy. "As I see it, the Administration's approach to Libya is emblematic of its overall approach to foreign policy: an absence of U.S. leadership, inconsistent public statements, and a seeming internal lack of clarity have left our partners and allies confused about the United States… Continue Reading


February 11, 2020

Menendez, Cotton, Markey, and Gardner Introduce Resolution Honoring Dr. Li Wenliang

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) in introducing a resolution honoring the life of Dr. Li Wenliang, the Chinese doctor who first identified the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in China late last year and sought to warn the government about the potential devastating impact. Dr. Li succumbed to the coronavirus on February 7, 2020. The resolut… Continue Reading


February 10, 2020

Menendez Blasts Proposed Cuts to National Security Budget in President’s Proposal

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the White House released President Trump's budget for fiscal year 2021. For the third straight year, the Trump Administration is seeking to dismantle the United States' international affairs budget, making America less safe and less secure: "I am deeply disappointed that once again President Trump and Secretary Pompeo are seeking deep cuts to our national s… Continue Reading


February 07, 2020

Menendez Statement on Pres. Trump’s Retaliation Against Lt. Col. Vindman and Ambassador Sondland

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after President Donald Trump ousted Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, his twin brother, as well as ambassador to the European Union Gordon D. Sondland: "Lt. Col Vindman represents the best of this country. We owe a debt of gratitude to him and all of the other career officials who honored their oath to the Constitution. The administration's dismissal of Lt. Col. Vindma… Continue Reading


February 05, 2020

Menendez, Engel Statement on Anniversary of New START Treaty

Washington-Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement on the ninth anniversary of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) entering into force: "For nearly a decade, this treaty has constrained Russia's nuclear forces, provided strong and detailed verification measures to ensure Russia adheres to its commitments, and allowed… Continue Reading


February 05, 2020

Menendez Reacts to Investigation Showing Hundreds of El Salvadorans Were Killed or Abused After Being Deported from U.S.

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to the publication of a Human Rights Watch (HRW) investigation that identifies over 200 cases in which people were murdered or subjected to sexual violence, torture, and other harm after being deported to El Salvador from the United States. "This report is a shameful reminder of the Trump Administration's xenophobic policy of denying meaningful prot… Continue Reading


February 05, 2020

Menendez Reacts to Investigation Showing Hundreds of El Salvadorans Were Killed or Abused After Being Deported from U.S.

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to the publication of a Human Rights Watch (HRW) investigation that identifies over 200 cases in which people were murdered or subjected to sexual violence, torture, and other harm after being deported to El Salvador from the United States. "This report is a shameful reminder of the Trump Administration's xenophobic policy of denying meaningful prote… Continue Reading


February 04, 2020

***VIDEO*** Menendez: “The day we fail to remove this President will go down in history as a day of constitutional infamy”

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered an impassioned speech on the Senate Floor today, in which he stressed Congress' role as a co-equal branch of government and upholding the Constitutional system of checks and balances in announcing that he will vote to remove President Donald J. Trump. CLICK TO WATCH "We need our Republican colleagues to be intellectually honest. We need them to speak the truth and say it's i… Continue Reading


February 04, 2020

Menendez, Risch, Gardner Meet with Taiwanese Vice President-elect William Lai

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member amd chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, today met with Vice President-elect William Lai of Taiwan. "It was a pleasure to welcome Vice President-elect Lai to the Senate," said Menendez. "As I told the Vice President-elect during our conversation, I'm loo… Continue Reading

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