Chairman's Press

July 12, 2019

Bipartisan Leadership of Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees Condemn Turkey S-400 Acquisition

WASHINGTON - In response to news that Turkey began receiving the first shipment of the Russian S-400 surface-to-air-missile system, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and today released the following statement: "By accepting delivery of the S-400 from Russia, President Erdogan has cho… Continue Reading


July 11, 2019

Senators Menendez, Moran Introduce Bipartisan Resolution in Support of Falun Gong

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Jerry Moran (R-K.S.) introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution expressing solidarity with Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual discipline based upon universal principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. The resolution condemns the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Communist Party of China's oppression of Falun Gong practitioners, including the practice of … Continue Reading


July 11, 2019

Senators Menendez, Cruz Call for Additional Sanctions Against Nicaraguan Government Officials, Including Daniel Ortega

WASHINGTON -Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senator Ted Cruz (R-T.X.) in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's ongoing efforts to silence his critics and promote impunity for human rights abuses. Citing new reports on the worsening political crisis in Nicaragua, the senators identify a series of Nicaraguan government officials - including President Ortega himself - … Continue Reading


July 10, 2019

Menendez Opening Remarks at Hearing on Trump Admin’s Abuse of Emergency Declaration for Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at the opening of a hearing titled, "Defense Cooperation: Use of Emergency Authorities Under the Arms Export Control Act": "Mr. Chairman, thank you for holding this hearing today to examine the appropriate role of Congressional oversight on arms sales. It is important that any President and any administration-and this one in particular-respect Congress as a co-eq… Continue Reading


July 09, 2019

Ranking Member Menendez Concludes Travel to Colombia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, travelled to Colombia last week to assess opportunities to advance the U.S.-Colombia partnership. In his first visit to Latin America in the 116th Congress, Menendez focused on the implementation of the Colombian peace accord, counternarcotics cooperation, human rights and labor rights issues, and the impact of the Venezuelan crisis on Colombia. In Cartagena, Senator Menendez met with Colombia… Continue Reading


July 09, 2019

Menendez Statement on Greek Elections

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement following Greece's general elections on July 7, 2019. "I warmly congratulate Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the New Democracy party on their victory in Sunday's election in Greece. I wish the Prime Minister and the people of Greece my best wishes as the new government takes office. The strong bond between our countries has so much possibility and I look f… Continue Reading


July 08, 2019

Menendez Questions Intent and Impact of Trump Admin’s New Commission on Unalienable Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally launched a new Commission on Unalienable Rights within the State Department. Described as a new body to advise the Secretary of State on human rights in U.S. foreign policy, the Trump Administration's new body will purportedly provide "fresh thinking about human rights" and propose reforms of human rights discourse… Continue Reading


July 02, 2019

Menendez Demands Investigation into Reports that UAE Illegally Gave US Arms to Libyan Militants

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in response to a New York Times report about the United Arab Emirates' alleged transfer of US-origin Javelin missiles to the insurgent Libyan militia led by Khalifa Haftar. Senator Menendez demanded that the State Department's Inspector General immediately conduct a full investigation and stated that the State Department may be obligated to termina… Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

Following Latest Chummy Meeting with Putin, Menendez Demands Trump Admin Preserve All Records for Congressional Oversight

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this morning demanded the Trump Administration take the necessary steps to preserve all records related to any meeting or interaction between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. In separate letters to President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo, Menendez requested all preparatory materials, notes, transcripts, readouts, memoranda, communications, and o… Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Menendez Statement on Situation in Tunisia Following Suicide Attacks

WASHINGTON -Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi was rushed to the hospital following twin suicide attacks in the capital city of Tunis. "In the wake of today's terror attacks and concerning news regarding President Essebsi's health, we must continue to stand with the Tunisian people as they continue their fight against terrorism and continue building a democratic, incl… Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Menendez Statement on Senate Voting to End Arms Restrictions against Cyprus

WASHINGTON -Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate included a provision to lift the decades-old arms restrictions against the Republic of Cyprus as part of the final FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) approved today. The lifting of these restrictions is an important part of a broader initiative to reshape the United States' strategy in the eastern Mediterranean region being spearheaded … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Menendez Clarifies Defense Authorization Bill Cannot be Misinterpreted by Trump Admin as an Authorization for War

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J., Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke on the Senate Floor as the Senate continues to debate the fiscal 2020 defense authorization bill. In outlining his support for an amendment reiterating the ability of the U.S. Armed forces to defend themselves, Menendez made clear President Trump will still need the Senate Foreign Relations Committee-- and Congress as a whole-- to issue an Authorization for Use of Military Force … Continue Reading


June 26, 2019

Menendez, Democrats Call on Trump to Help Venezuelans by Granting them Temporary Protected Status

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of 20 senators in writing a letter to President Trump, urging his administration to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelans fleeing the political, economic, and humanitarian crisis in their home country. Established by the U.S. Congress through the Immigration Act of 1990, TPS is a renewable program that provides relief from deportation and access to a work permit… Continue Reading


June 26, 2019

Menendez, Whitehouse, Sullivan Launch New Bipartisan Effort to Combat Marine Debris

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign relations Committee, Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) today led colleagues from both sides of the aisle in launching a new effort to combat marine debris. At a news conference this morning in the Senate Radio-Television Gallery, the Senators unveiled the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act to address the plastic debris crisis that threatens coastal economies and harms marine life. The Save Our Seas… Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

Menendez Bill to Reshape U.S. Strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean Approved by Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved legislation authored by Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J), which would update the United States' strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean to meet new challenges and opportunities in that region. The Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019 would allow the U.S. to fully support the trilateral partnership of Israel, Greece, and Cyprus through energy and defense cooperation initiatives-including by lifting t… Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

Saudi Arabia False Emergencies Act Approved by Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) issued the following statement after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved their bipartisan legislation limiting the ability of the President to skip Congressional approval of proposed arms sales by invoking an "emergency." The Saudi Arabia False Emergencies (SAFE) Act restricts the cir… Continue Reading


June 21, 2019

Menendez Statement on State Department’s 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report

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 publication of the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report by the U.S. State Department. "The Trafficking in Persons report is a crucial part of the United States' commitment to advancing the fight to end the scourge of modern day slavery. While this year's report shows some improvement over past years in its assessment of global human t… Continue Reading


June 20, 2019

Menendez Leads Democrats in Marking World Refugee Day with Senate Resolution

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of twenty-seven Democratic senators in introducing a Senate Resolution commemorating June 20th as World Refugee Day. The effort draws attention to the ongoing global refugee crisis and reaffirms the United States' commitment to provide support for the world's refugees and the countries that host them. "Today, on World Refugee Day, we find ourselves in the midst of the worst re… Continue Reading


June 20, 2019

Menendez Speaks Ahead of Senate Passage of his 22 Resolutions Blocking Trump Admin’s Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor ahead of a series of votes on his 22 joint resolutions of disapproval to block the Trump Administration's unprecedented attempt to push through over $8 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE based on a false emergency and without Congressional consent. Following this speech, the Senate voted in support of blocking the sales. "Mr. Presid… Continue Reading


June 19, 2019

Menendez Announces Deal Clearing Path for Senate to Disapprove Trump Admin’s Saudi and UAE Arm Sales

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on the Senate Floor this afternoon to announce he had reached a Unanimous Consent agreement with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that will provide for votes tomorrow on his 22 joint resolutions of disapproval to block the Trump Administration's unprecedented attempt at approving over $8 billion in arms sales to Saudi and UAE based on a false emergency and without Congressional… Continue Reading

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