Chairman's Press

August 24, 2020

Menendez, Risch, Reed, Inhofe Send Message of Support to Philippines in Wake of Bombings on Jolo Island

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after two explosions on Jolo Island, Philippines resulted in multiple Philippine military and civilian casualties: "We extend our sincere condolences and a strong message of suppor… Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Menendez Statement on Secretary Pompeo’s Subversion of Congressional Oversight for Political Purposes

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent actions to leverage the work of the State Department to obstruct transparency, escape accountability, and advance the personal and electoral agenda of President Donald Trump: "It is no secret that the President and his Secretary of State recoil from scrutiny. They claim to act on behalf of the American people, y… Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

Menendez, Risch Letter to Iraqi PM Expresses Support for Continued Partnership

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to Prime Minister al-Kadhimi of Iraq ahead of his official visit to the United States later this week. The senators express their continued support for a robust partnership between the U.S. and Iraq, and their desire to deepen that relationship for the benefit of both U.S. and Iraqi security and prosperity. "We write to welcome you to … Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Statement on World Humanitarian Day

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in observance of World Humanitarian Day: "Today, on World Humanitarian Day, I recognize and honor humanitarian workers who courageously provide life-saving aid and protection to millions of people whose lives have been torn apart by conflict or disaster. With nearly 80 million forcibly displaced around the world today, their work is needed more than ever before,… Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Menendez, Cardin Call for an Independent and Transparent Process in Guatemala’s Judicial System

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), sent a letter to Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Michael Kozak urging the Trump Administration to use all available diplomatic tools to underscore the importance of an independent and transparent judicial system in Guatemala. The letter comes in the wake of recent reports detailing the involvement of illicit groups attempting to i… Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Menéndez, Rubio y Colegas Presentan Proyecto para Fortalecer Competitividad de EEUU y Contrarrestar a China en Latinoamérica y el Caribe

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango de el Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, y los Senadores Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) y Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Presidente y Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité del Hemisferio Occidental, Ted Cruz (R-Texas), y Tim Kaine (D-Va.) presentaron hoy el proyecto de ley para la Promoción de la Competitividad, la Transparencia y la Seguridad en las Américas (ACTSA, por sus siglas en… Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Menendez, Rubio Lead Introduction of Groundbreaking Legislation to Strengthen U.S. Competitiveness and Address China’s Engagement in the Americas

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today introduced the Advancing Competitiveness, Transparency, and Security in the Americas Act (ACTSA). The new groundbreaking legislation would strengthen economic competitiveness, expand safeguards… Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Senators Menendez and Van Hollen Call for Sanctions in Response to Turkish Aggression in the Eastern Mediterranean

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in advance of his meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias scheduled for Friday. Citing Turkey's recent deployment of naval vessels to shadow a drilling ship into Greece's exclusive economi… Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Menendez, Risch Lead Bipartisan Senate Resolution in Solidarity with People of Lebanon Following Port of Beirut Blast

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today were joined by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in introducing a Senate Resolution regarding the massive explosion in the Port of Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, 2020. The bipartisan resolution extends heartfelt condolences to the people o… Continue Reading


August 10, 2020

Menendez Condemns Conduct of Election in Belarus

NEWARK- U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement condemning the widespread irregularities surrounding Sunday's elections in Belarus: "Alexander Lukashenka is living up to his reputation as the last dictator in Europe. Sunday's 'election' was a sham and a tragedy for the Belarusian people who have risked so much for freedom. The government's ongoing crackdown on the democratic opposition, as well as the arr… Continue Reading


August 07, 2020

Menendez, Durbin, Reed Call for FBI Briefings in Weeks Leading up to Election Day, Express Concern about Foreign Influence Efforts to Target Congressional Investigations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee Jack Reed (D-R.I.) in raising serious concerns over foreign actors' continued efforts to influence the November 2020 presidential election. In a letter addressed to Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Director Christopher Wray, the Senators called for the FBI to brie… Continue Reading


August 03, 2020

Menendez, Engel, Maloney Announce Subpoenas for Additional Witnesses in Investigation of IG Linick’s Firing and Release Details of Recent Witness Testimony

Washington- Senator Robert Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, today announced subpoenas for depositions of key witnesses in the Committees' joint investigation into the firing of former State Department Inspector General Steve A. Linick. The Committees also released details of a Ju… Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation to Provide Assistance, Support for Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today introduced the Ukraine Security Partnership Act to provide security assistance and strategic support to Ukraine. "Six years following Russia's invasion, Ukraine remains under daily assault on the ground, on the seas and in cyberspace. Ukrainian servi… Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Menendez, Inhofe Mourn the Death of Taiwan's Lee Teng-hui

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, released the following statement today on the passing of Lee Teng-hui, Taiwan's first democratically elected president: "We join the people of Taiwan in mourning the passing of Lee Teng-hui, and offer our prayers for his loved ones and to all those who continue to draw strength and inspiration from his life and legacy. It's not often that the story of a man's life tells the stor… Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Menendez Opening Remarks at Pompeo Hearing on State Department Budget Request for FY2021

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening statement at today's Foreign Relations Committee hearing entitled "Review of the FY2021 State Department Budget Request." Testifying at today's hearing was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "When you entered office, I offered a hand to work with you on areas where we could have built real agendas with bipartisan political buy-in - Venezuela, Iran, Russia,… Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

Declaraciones de Menendez en Apoyo al Nominado para Presidencia del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo

Washington-El senador Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), miembro de Más Alto Rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, presentó hoy las siguientes declaraciones para el registro del Senado en apoyo a Mauricio Claver-Carone, quien está nominado para servir como el próximo presidente del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID). "Sr. Presidente, pido la palabra para hablar sobre la presente campaña para seleccionar al próximo Presidente del Banco I… Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

Menendez Statement for the Record in Support of Nominee for Inter-American Development Bank

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today submitted the following statement for the Senate record in support for Mauricio Claver-Carone to serve as the next president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). "M. President, I rise to speak about the campaign currently underway to select the next president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in September of this year. The IDB has served as the preeminent development … Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Business Meeting

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at the beginning of today's Foreign Relations Committee business meeting. "We are here because Secretary Pompeo pressured to move certain nominees over our objection - objections that go to the core of whether we are a coequal branch of government or simply a doormat for the Secretary and the President," said Ranking Member Menendez, noting the lack of clarity … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Publishes New Report Documenting Trump Administration’s Decimation of the State Department

WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic Staff today published a new report documenting the Trump administration's decimation of the State Department. Commissioned by Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the report is a comprehensive examination of the Trump administration's assault on U.S. diplomacy. Through a review of ongoing senior-level vacancies plaguing the State Department, repeated nominee vetting failures, and attacks on career public servants, the report highlig… Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Menendez to Publish SFRC Minority Report on Trump Administration’s Decimation of State Department

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is convening a Congressional briefing on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 2:30 PM EDT to unveil a new report being published by the SFRC Democratic Staff. Commissioned by Ranking Member Menendez, the report, entitled "Diplomacy in Crisis: The Trump Administration's Decimation of the State Department," presents a comprehensive examination of the Trump administration's assault on U.S. diplomacy. Through … Continue Reading

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