Chairman's Press

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


March 22, 2020

With Tens of Thousands of Americans Still Stranded Abroad by COVID-19, Menendez Calls on Trump to Invoke Extraordinary Measures to Bring them Home

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to President Trump urging him to take all necessary steps to provide assistance to the tens of thousands of Americans stranded abroad seeking help to return home during the COVID-19 pandemic. "No American should ever have to worry that they might be abandoned abroad by our government. As we work together to confront this unprecedented pandemic, we must provide Americans over… Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Menendez Calls on Trump Administration to Activate Program Allowing State Department to Charter Commercial Aircraft to Evacuate Stranded U.S. Citizens

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement officially calling on President Trump to immediately invoke the Civil Reserve Airfleet (CRAF) readiness program and all of the authorities contained within in order to immediately begin chartering commercial flights to evacuate stranded American citizens unable to return to the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic: "As commercial airlines come … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

SFRC Dems Raise Alarm in New Letter to Sec. Pompeo amid Surge in Reports of Americans Stranded Abroad by Coronavirus

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of nine Democratic Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raising serious concerns about Americans struggling to return home after being stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Requesting the Secretary immediately update Congress and step up efforts to assist Americans stuck in pandemic-affected countries, t… Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Menendez Statement on the Sixth Anniversary of Russia's Illegal Annexation of Crimea

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement on the sixth anniversary of Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea: "As we mark the sixth anniversary of Russia's illegal occupation and annexation of Crimea, we are unwavering in our condemnation and outright rejection of Russia's ongoing violation of Ukrainian sovereignty. Today, as it was six years ago, Crimea remains Ukrainian territory. Period. On this… Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Statement from Ranking Member Menendez on St. Patrick’s Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement marking Saint Patrick's Day: "I extend my warmest wishes to the members of the Irish American community in New Jersey and around the world and join them in celebrating St. Patrick's Day, an important opportunity every year to honor Ireland's rich cultural heritage. It also provides an opportunity to renew our attention and focus on the Good Friday Agreement (… Continue Reading

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