Chairman's Press

February 04, 2020

Congressional Leaders Demand Watchdog Investigate Trump Administration Decision to Terminate TPS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, today led a group of leading Democrats in calling on the State Department's Inspector General to immediately open an investigation into the Trump Administration's decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations … Continue Reading


January 31, 2020

Menendez Statement on Trump Admin's Roll Back of Restrictions of U.S. Use and Production of Antipersonnel Landmines

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the State Department formally informed Congress of President Trump's decision to roll back restrictions on the U.S. government's use and production of antipersonnel landmines (APL): "By enabling and encouraging the scourge of anti-personnel landmines around the world, President Trump has found yet another disturbing way to undo the progress made to res… Continue Reading


January 30, 2020

***VIDEO RELEASE*** Menendez Asks Impeachment Managers Whether Trump Repeatedly Placed his Personal and Political Interests Above our National Security Interests

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today asked the following question during today's question and answer phase of the impeachment trial. He was joined by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.): "The President's Counsel has argued that the President's actions are based on his desire to root out corruption. However, new reporting indicates that Attorney General Barr and former National Security Advisor Bolton shared concerns that the Presi… Continue Reading


January 30, 2020

***VIDEO RELEASE*** Menendez Asks Impeachment Managers to Explain Why Withholding Ukrainian Security Assistance Deviates from Established U.S. Foreign Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today asked the following question during today's question and answer phase of the impeachment trial. He was joined by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Jeanne Shaheen ((D-N.H.): "The President's aides and defenders have claimed that it is 'normal' or 'usual'… Continue Reading


January 30, 2020

***VIDEO RELEASE*** Menendez Asks Impeachment Managers Why a President Soliciting Foreign Interference in Our Elections Matters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today asked the following question during today's question and answer phase of the impeachment trial: "The President was seeking investigations from a foreign power based partly on what Fiona Hill called 'a fictional narrative perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services.' We know that the Russian government is already preparing to attack our election in 2020, and the Pres… Continue Reading


January 30, 2020

As Impeachment Focuses on Yovanovitch’s Ouster, 22 Democrats Demand Pompeo Explain Steps to Protect U.S. Diplomats

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led 21 of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding a full accounting of the steps the State Department is taking to investigate the alleged surveillance of U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. The senators also voiced concern for Pompeo's refusal to express any support for Ambassador Yovanovitch or other State Department employees, who were criticized f… Continue Reading


January 29, 2020

Menendez Calls for Focus on Facts During Question Phase of Trump’s Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today hosted a press conference in the U.S. Capitol to discuss the latest on the ongoing impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Flanked by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Menendez outlined what he expects to learn as the trial enters the question-and-answer phase this afternoon. "When we start questionin… Continue Reading


January 29, 2020

***VIDEO RELEASE*** Menendez Asks Impeachment Managers to Explain Trump’s Sudden Concern with Corruption in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked the following question during today’s question and answer phase of the impeachment trial:  “President Trump has maintained that he withheld U.S. security assistance to Ukraine because he was concerned about corruption.  Yet, his purported concern about corruption did not prevent his Administration from sending congressionally-appropriated assistance to Ukraine more than 45 times betw… Continue Reading


January 29, 2020

***VIDEO RELEASE*** Menendez Asks Impeachment Managers How We Hold Future Presidents Accountable if Trump Can Claim Absolute Privilege

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today asked the following question during today's question and answer phase of the impeachment trial. He was joined by Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii): "If the Senate accepts the President's blanket assertion of privilege in the House impeachment inquiry, what are the consequences to the American people? How will the Senate ensure that the current presid… Continue Reading


January 28, 2020

Menendez Demands Pompeo Reinstate NPR’s Participation in His Upcoming Trip

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to the news that the State Department would deny a National Public Radio correspondent a seat aboard Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's plane for his forthcoming trip to Europe and Central Asia. The decision is the latest escalation from the Trump Administration after an NPR report from Mary Louise Kelly revealed Pompeo shouted and swore at her for askin… Continue Reading


January 28, 2020

Senators Menendez, Reed Raise Heightened Diplomatic and Military Risk Posed by Trump Admin’s Failure to Finalize Defense Cost-Sharing Deal with South Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, raised their concerns with the Trump Administration's failure to reach a deal determining South Korea's new financial contributions to help pay for the current level of American military troops stationed in the Korean peninsula. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, t… Continue Reading


January 27, 2020

Menendez Seeks Additional Info from State Department about Saudi Hack of Jeff Bezos’ Phone

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week seeking answers about allegations that the government of Saudi Arabia hacked and attempted to extort Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post. Senator Menendez, who has previously warned about Saudi Arabia's use of technology to target perceived opponents of Crown Prince Mohamad bin Salman, asked the State Department… Continue Reading


January 27, 2020

Menendez & Engel Statement on a Two-State Solution

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: "As longtime supporters of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and the two-state solution, we welcome any effort that will help advance those goals. "Israel and the United States share important values, including support for democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. These value… Continue Reading


January 25, 2020

Senators to Sec. Pompeo: Your Insults and Attacks on NPR Journalist are Beneath the Office of the Secretary of State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing serious concerns about an official State Department statement issued earlier today attacking NPR's All Things Considered co-host Mary Louise Kelly. The Secretary's statement follows an NPR report from Kelly which reve… Continue Reading


January 24, 2020

Leading Senate Dems Demand Delay of Trump Admin Limits on Travel of Pregnant Women

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined tonight by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding the Trump … Continue Reading


January 24, 2020

SFRC and HELP Leadership Statement on Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Briefing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), ranking members and chairmen of the the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, respectively, today released the following statement after holding an all-senator briefing with top administration health officials regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak that was first detected in Wuhan, China: "We are monitoring t… Continue Reading


January 17, 2020

Menendez Blasts Trump Admin for Loosening Export Controls on Semi-Automatic Arms and Sniper Rifles for Export

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump Administration formally announced on Friday that it was moving forward with its plans to drastically weaken U.S. firearms export regulations despite the Senator's official hold. The move, which was being blocked by Menendez over concerns that the Trump Administration wanted to dilute congressional oversight of foreign sales of lethal weapons, lo… Continue Reading


January 17, 2020

Menendez, Inhofe, Senators Send Letter Congratulating Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Reelection

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, led a letter today congratulating President Tsai Ing-wen on reelection as President of Taiwan. They were joined by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Shelley M… Continue Reading


January 16, 2020

As Senate Impeachment Begins, Menendez Calls for Rigorous Investigation of Marie Yovanovitch Security Risk

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke today with CNN's Poppy Harlow about the Senate's impeachment trial of President Trump. The Senator also provided a reaction to the latest revelations from Rudy Giuliani's associate about the apparent surveillance of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Yesterday, Menendez wrote a letter to the State Department demanding a briefing on the matter. CLICK HERE TO WATCH In … Continue Reading


January 15, 2020

Menendez Demands Immediate Briefing Following Menacing Text Messages Suggesting Amb. Yovanovitch was Stalked by Giuliani Associates

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter demanding the State Department immediately brief him about what Secretary Pompeo and the State Department knew regarding any threats to the safety of U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. The Senator's letter follows the release of new evidence as part of the House impeachment investigation. The evidence includes threatening text messages from Rudy Giuliani's associates sug… Continue Reading

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