Chairman's Press

March 12, 2019

Menendez, Blumenthal, Swalwell Introduce Bicameral Journalist Protection Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.-15), introduced the Journalist Protection Act to make physical attacks and threats of such attacks against journalists a federal crime. Today's bill introduction comes at the beginning of Sunshine Week, when we recognize the importance of free and unfettered access to information. A free press is critical in helping to shine light on our government and illuminate the c… Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

On International Women’s Day, Menendez Statement Highlights Women Political Prisoners

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement marking International Women's Day and recognizing the many women and girls around the world who are being wrongfully imprisoned by their governments. "On International Women's Day, we reflect on the enormous contributions women make worldwide to their communities and their countries across every aspect of society including justice, politics, culture, peacebuildi… Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

On the 12th Anniversary of Bob Levinson’s Captivity, Menendez, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Assist Americans Held Hostage or Unlawfully Detained Abroad

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lead a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues in introducing a bill today to improve the U.S. government's efforts to bring back Americans held hostage or unlawfully detained abroad. The Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-taking Accountability Act bolsters programs to address hostage-taking, and gives the United States government new tools to rescue hostages and punish their captors. T… Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Senator Menendez, Congresswoman Clark, Colleagues Announce Bicameral Reproductive Rights are Human Rights Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, ahead of International Women's Day, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Representative Katherine Clark (MA-5), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, Representative Barbara Lee (CA-13), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and leading reproductive health and human rights organizations and activists announced bicameral introduction of the Reproductive Rights are Human Rights Act. The legislation would require th… Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Menendez Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing for U.S. Ambassadors to Saudi Arabia and Iraq

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following opening remarks at this morning's hearing for the nominations of John Abizaid to be ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and Matthew Tueller to be ambassador to Iraq: "General Abizaid, Ambassador Tueller, thank you both for your past service, and thank you both for signing up to serve in two complex countries with which the United States has critical security partnerships… Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

As Venezuela’s Humanitarian Situation Worsens, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce TPS Legislation to Support Venezuelans Fleeing Maduro Regime

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations, was joined by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in introducing the Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Act of 2019, a bill to immediately grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible Venezuelans fleeing the dire conditions in their home country and to strengthen migration systems in the countries surrounding Venezuela. "… Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Menendez Reacts to Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this morning spoke to CNN's Jim Sciutto to give his reaction after the Hanoi summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was ended abruptly. "What we saw in Hanoi was amateur hour with nuclear weapons at stake and the limits of reality TV diplomacy," said Senator Menendez, in reaction to President Trump walking away from the two-day summit after being unab… Continue Reading


February 27, 2019

Menendez Leads Bipartisan Group of Senators Demanding Answers about Alleged Saudi and UAE Arms Transfers to Extremist Groups

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan group of his Senate Foreign Relations Committee colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, regarding recent media reports that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) transferred U.S. origin weapons to dangerous Yemeni militias, including groups aligned with al Qaeda. If accurate, Saudi Arabia and th… Continue Reading


February 27, 2019

Menendez Opening Statement at SFRC Hearing Examining the Role of the U.S. in the World

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks at today's committee hearing titled: Assessing the Role of the United States in the World: "Mr. Chairman, thank you for holding this hearing and thank you to our distinguished witnesses. I believe it is critically important for this Committee to maintain an active role in assessing the United States' role in the world, understanding the Administration's p… Continue Reading


February 26, 2019

Menendez Announces Hold on Trump Admin’s Proposed Move to Weaken Regulatory Control over U.S. Guns Sales Abroad

WASHINGTON- Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing his concern about a proposal to drastically weaken firearms export regulations, and announcing he will not allow the proposed rules to move forward unless the State Department fully addresses the dangerous and far-reaching implications of this proposal prior to its taking effect. In a move designed to stifle Congressional oversight and w… Continue Reading


February 15, 2019

Senate Passes Menendez Resolution Calling for Credible Elections in Nigeria

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate unanimously approved his bipartisan resolution reaffirming support for democracy in Nigeria, and calling on the Nigerian government to take the necessary steps to facilitate elections that are credible, transparent, and peaceful. Nigeria has presidential elections scheduled for February 16. "The United States Senate has clearly signaled that it is c… Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

Democratic Senators Request Briefing on Trump Admin.’s Failure to Make Determination about Saudis’ Role in Khashoggi Murder

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee; and all Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter today formally requesting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brief Congress on why the Trump Administration refused to comply with a legal requirement to determine whether Saudi government officials and members of the Royal Family, i… Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

After Trump Admin Flouts Law on Khashoggi Murder Determination, Menendez Opens Inquiry by Calling on Sec. Pompeo to Turn over All Related Documents

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced his next steps in seeking justice for Jamal Khashoggi in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The Senator's letter comes after the Trump Administration flouted a law requiring President Trump to determine which Saudi officials, including Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, were responsible for the murder of Khashoggi, a journalist and U.S. permanent resident. Last year, Sen… Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

***PHOTO RELEASE*** Menendez Meets with Top UN Official Investigating Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD HI-RES PHOTOS WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met today with Agnes Callamard, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions, who is leading the U.N.'s investigation of the murder of journalist and U.S. permanent resident Jamal Khashoggi. Senator Menendez and Dr. Callamard discussed their respective efforts to investigate this heinous crime and deliver justice … Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Hold Russia Accountable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today introduced the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA) of 2019. The comprehensive legislation seeks to increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation in response to Russia's interference in democratic processes abroad, malign influence in Syria, and aggression against Ukraine, including in… Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Bipartisan, Bicameral Group of Lawmakers Offers Legislation on U.S.-Japan-South Korea Trilateral Cooperation

WASHINGTON-A bipartisan group of Senators and House Members today announced that they have offered legislation reaffirming strong congressional support for the United States alliances with South Korea and Japan and the critical importance of trilateral cooperation. The resolution was introduced in the Senate by Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Sen. Cory Gardner and Sen. Ed Markey, Chair and Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Subcommitte… Continue Reading


February 12, 2019

Menendez Statement on the Passing of Former Prime Minister Jan Olszewski

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the passing of former Prime Minister Jan Olszewski. "It is with sadness that I learned of the passing of former Prime Minister of Poland, Jan Olszewski. He deserves our thanks and respect for his lifelong commitment to a democratic and independent Poland." "Jan Olszewski dedicated his life to public service. He fought for the rights of his fellow citizens thro… Continue Reading


February 12, 2019

Menendez, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Block Trump Admin Push to Allow Unfettered Proliferation of Untraceable, 3D Printable Guns, Weaken Controls over Foreign Arms Sales

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined today by Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.) in introducing legislation to block the Trump Administration's efforts to weaken controls over foreign arms sales and allow for the unfettered proliferation of untraceable, virtually undetectable, 3D printable guns that threaten public safety. The Trump Administration annou… Continue Reading


February 11, 2019

Menendez Statement on Rep. Omar’s Anti-Semitic Comments

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on Representative Ilhan Omar's anti-Semitic comments. "It is critically important that we continue to unequivocally condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms here in the United States and across the world. Rep. Omar's comments were anti-Semitic, harmful and woefully uninformed. I join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in rejecting her anti-Semitic tropes and … Continue Reading


February 08, 2019

Menendez Statement on Trump Admin’s Refusal to Comply with Khashoggi Sanctions Determination

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement upon receiving a letter from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding the murder of U.S. resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The brief letter is the Trump administration's official response to ranking member Menendez and then-chairman Corker's triggering the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act - a law that gave the President 120 days to determine w… Continue Reading

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