Chairman's Press

October 01, 2014

Chairman Menendez Writes Panamanian President to Express Dismay Over Intent to Invite Cuba to 2015 Summit of the Americas

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent the following letter to Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela regarding his intent to invite Cuba to the April 2015 Summit of the Americas. In the letter, the Chairman wrote: "Cuba's participation would undermine the spirit and authority of the Summit of the Americas … The Government of Cuba remains this hemisphere's must enduring dictatorship, having deprived the people of Cuba … Continue Reading


September 30, 2014

Chairman Menendez Urges Respect for Democratic Rights in Letter to Chief Executive of Hong Kong

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent the following letter to Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Leung Chun-ying, calling on him to respect the rights of the people of Hong Kong to assemble peacefully and express their democratic rights and freedoms. In the letter, the Chairman wrote: "Beijing has made numerous statements over the years about its commitment to the Basic Law and its intention to respect the promise of the Basic Law t… Continue Reading


September 29, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on the Inauguration of President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah in Afghanistan

Newark, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the inauguration in Afghanistan of President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah: "I congratulate President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on this historic occasion as they were sworn into office today. Dr. Ghani and Dr. Abdullah should be commended on the formation of the government of … Continue Reading


September 18, 2014

Chairman Menendez Remarks on Training, Equipping Moderate Vetted Syrian Opposition

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following remarks, as prepared for delivery, on the Senate floor regarding training and equipping the moderate vetted Syrian opposition. "M. President, I rise to support the President's request for authorization to stand up a Title 10, overt train and equip mission for vetted, moderate Syrian opposition. The hearing I held yesterday in the Senate Foreign Relations Comm… Continue Reading


September 18, 2014

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Unanimously Passes Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014

Washington, DC - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously passed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 today by a vote of 18 to 0. The legislation was introduced by Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN) and it imposes broad sanctions on Russia's defense, energy, and financial sectors, as well as increasing military and non-military assistance for Ukraine. "We stand as one today in Congress, united in our support for President Poroshenko and the Ukrain… Continue Reading


September 17, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on “United States Strategy To Defeat The Islamic State In Iraq And The Levant”

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's hearing titled "United States Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant." "Mr. Secretary, having just returned from a coalition-building mission that will determine the breadth of support and course of the anti-ISIL strategy in the near and long term - you are here at a critical moment for the Iraqi and Syri… Continue Reading


September 16, 2014

Menendez, Corker Introduce Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014

Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on legislation this Thursday, hours after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses a joint meeting of Congress Washington, D.C. - Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014, legislation that imposes broad sanctions on Russia's defense, energy, and financial sectors, as well as increases military and non-military assistance for Ukraine. The legislation will be taken u… Continue Reading


September 11, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Anniversary of September 11, 2001

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), New Jersey's Senior Senator and Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, offered the following reflection 13 years after the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11th, 2001: "Thirteen years ago, we looked across the Hudson and saw our lives change forever. I remember visiting the New Jersey communities that became staging areas for volunteers in the days following 9/11. Americans volunteered; Americans ral… Continue Reading


September 10, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on President Obama’s Speech on ISIL

Washington DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following President Obama's speech tonight on ISIL. "ISIL is a savage, blood-thirsty organization carrying out a reign of terror across large swaths of Iraq and Syria. This terrorist organization's capacity to threaten U.S. national security is growing. Tonight, President Obama showed important leadership in laying out an initial plan to confront the threat from ISIL be… Continue Reading


September 10, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on President Poroshenko’s Address to Congress Next Week

WASHINGTON DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following Speaker Boehner's announcement that Ukrainian President Poroshenko will address a joint meeting of Congress next Thursday, September 18th. Earlier this week, Chairman Menendez and Ranking Member Corker (R-TN), wrote Speaker Boehner and urged him to invite President Poroshenko to address Congress. "President Poroshenko is standing at the frontlines of an inter… Continue Reading


September 09, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on the Approval of a New Iraqi Government

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the formation of a new Iraqi government in Baghdad, Iraq: "I congratulate Iraqi Prime Minister Dr. Haydar al-Abadi and all of Iraq's new leaders that were sworn into office. This is a critical step for all Iraqis who voted in April 2014 for new leaders committed to leading Iraq on a different path, one that is inclusive and capable of addressing the… Continue Reading


September 08, 2014

Menendez, Corker Ask Speaker Boehner to Invite Ukrainian President Poroshenko to Address a Joint Session of Congress

Washington, DC - Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN) wrote Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) asking him to invite Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to speak before a joint session of Congress on September 18th during his upcoming visit to Washington D.C. In the letter, the Senators wrote: "We believe that it is critically important for every Member of Congress to hear from Ukraine's President at this defining moment for not only Ukraine, but for Russia and the post… Continue Reading


September 03, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Ukraine Developments, NATO Summit in Wales

NEWARK, NJ - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the latest developments in Ukraine and tomorrow's NATO Summit in Wales. "Having just returned yesterday from travel to Estonia, Poland, and Ukraine where I heard from the Presidents of each country on the security crisis in Eastern Europe, I commend President Obama for the commitments he made in his speech today to Ukraine and to our allies who are facing imm… Continue Reading


August 30, 2014

Chairman Menendez from Kyiv, Ukraine: Calls for Providing Weapons to Ukraine, Additional Support and Training for Ukrainian Military in Letter to President Obama

KYIV, UKRAINE - While in Kyiv, following high-level meetings in Estonia and Poland, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez urged President Obama to engage European allies in a robust response to the security crisis in Ukraine and to strongly support Ukraine and Eastern European NATO allies threatened by Russian military action. Menendez encouraged President Obama to significantly expand sanctions on the banking, energy, and defense sectors of the Russian economy, and expre… Continue Reading


August 28, 2014

Senator Menendez Statement on Reports of the Death of New Jersey Student Aaron Sofer in Israel

WARSAW, POLAND - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), issued the following statement regarding Aaron Sofer, a yeshiva student from Lakewood, New Jersey who went missing on Friday and whose body was reportedly found dead today: "With the heartbreaking news of the death of Aaron Sofer, our worst nightmare has come true. There are no adequate words to convey my personal condolences to the Sofer family and to the people of Lakewood for this terrible loss. "Ever since Aaron went missing, communitie… Continue Reading


August 26, 2014

Chairman Menendez Travels to Estonia, Poland and Ukraine

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is traveling this week to Estonia, Poland, and Ukraine. The trip will focus on the ongoing security concerns caused by continued Russian destabilization throughout the region, and in particular, in Ukraine, where thousands have been killed and injured and separatist militias are responsible for the savage downing of a civilian airline resulting in the death of 298 innocent people. "Russian agg… Continue Reading


August 26, 2014

Sen. Menendez Statement on the Search for Missing NJ Student Aaron Sofer in Israel

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Aaron Sofer, a yeshiva student from Lakewood, New Jersey who went missing on Friday while hiking with a friend outside Jerusalem: "I am deeply concerned over the disappearance of New Jersey student Aaron Sofer in Israel and I stand in solidarity with his family. My thoughts are with them and the Lakewood community during this trying time. By all accoun… Continue Reading


August 14, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Resignation of Iraqi President Nuri al-Maliki

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the resignation of Iraqi President Nuri al-Maliki: "I welcome the encouraging news today regarding Mr. Maliki's decision to end legal challenges to the nomination of Dr. Haydar al-Abadi to serve as Iraq's next Prime Minister. This non-violent transfer of leadership is a critical for Iraq's democratic transition, and is a vital step toward addressing the… Continue Reading


August 05, 2014

Menendez, Royce, Coons Meet Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila

Washington, DC - Today, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), and Senate Foreign Relations Africa Subcommittee Chairman Chris Coons (D-DE) met with President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila. Menendez, Royce, and Coons issued the following joint statement after the meeting: "We look forward to a time when a lasting peace and the opportunity for prosperity is a reality for all Congolese citi… Continue Reading


August 05, 2014

Menendez, Royce Meet South Sudan President Salva Kiir

Washington, DC - Today, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) met with President of South Sudan Salva Kiir. Menendez and Royce issued the following joint statement after the meeting: "We are gravely concerned by the continuing crisis in the world's newest nation, where over a million people are displaced and a man-made famine looms. We are deeply disappointed by South Sudan's terrible slide backwards into… Continue Reading

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