Chairman's Press

January 22, 2015

Corker Statement on the Death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia: "Our sympathies go to the family of King Abdullah and to the people of Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah was a strong ally of the United States and clear-eyed about many of the challenges the Saudi kingdom faces at home and abroad. I look forward to working with his successor to further strengthen the ties betwee… Continue Reading


January 21, 2015

Corker: Obama Administration Stiff-Arming Congress on Iran Nuclear Talks is Totally Unacceptable

WASHINGTON - In his first Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing as chairman, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) objected to the Obama administration's apparent opposition to Congress having an up-or-down vote on a final agreement with Iran. "I want these negotiations to be successful…but just stiff-arming [Congress]…and saying, 'No, we really don't want you to play a role, we want you to just trust us,' is totally unacceptable from my standpoint," said Corker during the hearin… Continue Reading


January 21, 2015

Corker Opening Statement at Hearing on Iran Nuclear Negotiations: "Status of Talks and the Role of Congress"

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Status of Talks and the Role of Congress Wednesday, January 21, 2015 U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ChairmanOpening Statement I'm going to call the meeting to order. And I would say to people in the audience that we would appreciate you refraining [from interjecting]. We understand people have strong emotions about much of what happens in this committee and others, and we hope you'll respect the work … Continue Reading


January 16, 2015

Corker Seeks Review of USAID Contracting Practices After Prominent Firms Implicated in Major Fraud and Corruption Charges

WASHINGTON - Following major fraud and bribery charges against former employees of two prominent USAID contractors, International Relief and Development (IRD) and the Louis Berger Group, Inc. (LBG), U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is asking the Obama administration to explain why these entities with previous track records of poor performance and criminal abuse continue to be among the top recipients of U.S. taxpayer dollars for reconstructio… Continue Reading


January 15, 2015

Corker Discusses Key Issues Facing Congress in the Year Ahead

HERSHEY, Pennsylvania - Appearing on Bloomberg Television with Peter Cook from the Senate-House Republican retreat today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) discussed some of the major issues facing Congress in the year ahead including Iran nuclear discussions, an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against ISIS, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding in light of President Obama's recent executive action on immigration, the need for Congress to address housing finance reform… Continue Reading


January 07, 2015

Corker Elected Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) issued the following statement upon being named chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the 114th Congress. Corker's appointment will be confirmed Thursday during a meeting of Senate Republicans and is expected to be ratified when the Senate passes a resolution officially organizing committees in the coming days. "Tennesseans have given me the great privilege of serving in the United States Senate, and I am excited about the opportun… Continue Reading


January 04, 2015

Corker Discusses Key Foreign Policy Issues Facing the Senate in the New Congress on FOX News Sunday

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. - Appearing on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), discussed some of the major foreign policy issues facing the Senate in the year ahead including Iran sanctions, the administration's new U.S. policy toward Cuba, the president's plan to close Guantanamo Bay, and the fight against ISIS. *** On the administration's new U.S. policy toward Cuba: "As I said when the announcement was made, the first thing we want to do is understand what be… Continue Reading


January 02, 2015

Corker Statement on North Korea Sanctions

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) issued the following statement today regarding President Obama's executive order to impose additional sanctions on North Korea as a response to its ongoing provocative actions. The executive order included financial sanctions on 10 North Korean officials and three government agencies. "The administration's decision to impose new sanctions on North Korean entities and individuals sends a message to North Korea and others that the United Stat… Continue Reading


December 19, 2014

Chairman Menendez Writes Secretary Kerry on North Korea’s Cyber-Terror Attack on Sony Pictures

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent the following letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to consider re-designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism in wake of the North Korean cyber-terror attack on Sony Pictures. In the letter, Chairman Menendez asked Secretary Kerry to consider the re-designation, noting that: "North Korean actions set a dangerous precedent. Through cyber-attacks North Korea was ab… Continue Reading


December 17, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Statement on U.S. – Cuba Relationship

NEWARK, NJ - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), issued this statement regarding the U.S. - Cuba relationship. "Today's policy announcement is misguided and fails to understand the nature of the regime in Cuba that has exerted its authoritarian control over the Cuban people for 55 years. No one wishes that the reality in Cuba was more different than the Cuban people and Cuban-Americans that have fled the island in search of freedom. In November, the Cuban Commi… Continue Reading


December 17, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Statement on the Release of Alan Gross

WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), issued this statement following the release of Alan Gross. "This is a moment of profound relief for Alan Gross and his family. Mr. Gross' physical and mental health has declined severely as a result of his five-year imprisonment under difficult conditions. He should have been released immediately and unconditionally five years ago. He committed no crime and was simply working to provide internet access to C… Continue Reading


December 16, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Today’s Terrorist Attack in Pakistan

Washington, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), issued this statement regarding the terrorist attack in Pakistan. "I condemn in the strongest and most forceful of terms today's attack targeting innocent children. Pakistan is grieving today and we in the United States mourn alongside the families who have lost their loved ones at the Army Public School in Peshawar. The Pakistani Taliban's extremism and terrorism continues to deny peace and stability to t… Continue Reading


December 16, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Remarks About Turkey’s Incursion in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks expressing grave concern over the Republic of Turkey's incursion into Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). "This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Turkish invasion. We hoped that it would have brought a fair settlement to the Cyprus question, that it would have brought an end to 40 year long occupation and division of the island by Turkey. There is… Continue Reading


December 11, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 Approved by the Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), issued this statement following Senate passage of the bipartisan Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014. The legislation authorizes critical defensive, lethal military and non-military assistance for the government of Ukraine, and imposes additional sanctions against Russia's energy and defense sectors. "The U.S. Senate stands shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with the Ukrainian government and its people again… Continue Reading


December 11, 2014

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Authorization for Use of Military Force Against ISIL

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following the passage of an Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIL: "Congress has a constitutional responsibility to uphold and a moral obligation to meet when sending our sons and daughters into war. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee fulfilled this weighty charge today through serious debate and committed action by voting for this Authorization fo… Continue Reading


December 10, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act Approved by Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and author of the bipartisan Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act, issued this statement following the bill's passage in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation was approved by the U.S. Senate on Monday and it dramatically builds upon existing travel bans by requiring further Administration actions targeting individuals in Venezuela who committed human rights… Continue Reading


December 09, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on “Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIL”

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 "Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIL." "Thank you, Secretary Kerry for being here. When you last appeared before this Committee in September you asked Congress to authorize the use of military force against ISIL. We have an AUMF that the Committee will consider later this week. Today, we ar… Continue Reading


December 08, 2014

Chairman Menendez Applauds Passage of Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and author of the bipartisan Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act, issued this statement following the bill's passage in the U.S. Senate. "Today, the United States Senate sent a clear and unequivocal message to the Government of Venezuela. For too long, Venezuelans have faced state-sponsored violence at the hands of government security forces and watched their country's… Continue Reading


December 03, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Five-Year Imprisonment of Alan Gross

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the below statement regarding the continued imprisonment of Alan Gross by the Cuban government. "For five long years, the Cuban government has falsely imprisoned Alan Gross in conditions that have taken a great toll on his personal health, his mental well-being, and his family. Alan Gross' detention is a cruel reminder of a half-century of injustice and human rights abuses perpetr… Continue Reading


December 03, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on “Dismantling Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program: Next Steps To Achieve A Comprehensive Deal”

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 "Dismantling Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program: Next Steps To Achieve A Comprehensive Deal." "This hearing will come to order. Today we have an expert panel to provide an assessment of the status of P5+1 talks and the likelihood of reaching a complete political framework for a comprehensive deal in the next 4 mont… Continue Reading

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