Chairman's Press

November 25, 2014

Chairman Menendez Joins Group of Bipartisan Senators in Letter to Sec. Kerry on Missing Mexican Students

WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter sent to Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday, a group of 14 Senators including Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ), wrote to express their deep concern for the lives of the 43 young students that disappeared on September 26th in the State of Guerrero, Mexico. The Senators call for additional attention on "strengthening the investigative and forensic capacity of Mexican law enforcement and its ability to serve victims of crime, violence, and h… Continue Reading


November 24, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Iran Nuclear Negotiations

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the below statement regarding the Iran nuclear negotiations. "I commend the Administration's diplomatic efforts in pursuit of a comprehensive agreement with Iran to terminate its illicit nuclear program. The burden of proof to resolve questions about Iran's nuclear weapons program lies squarely with the Iranians. It is disappointing and worrying that after a year of serious talks with … Continue Reading


November 20, 2014

Menendez, Kirk Introduce Resolution Expressing U.S. Concern for Rights of Muslim Rohingya in Burma And Southeast Asia

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) was joined by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) today in introducing a resolution condemning all forms of persecution and discrimination against the Muslim Rohingya ethnic group in Burma, and calling on the regional governments to protect the rights of Rohingya refugees. The bipartisan resolution addresses the plight of the Rohingya in Burma as they confront a dire humanitarian situation, targeted ethnic violence, and government policies that render t… Continue Reading


November 19, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Nomination Hearing for Tony Blinken to be Deputy Secretary of State

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 nomination for Mr. Antony Blinken of New York to the position of Deputy Secretary of State. "I welcome you back to the Committee. As the former Staff Director of this Committee for Chairman Biden, you know as much about the nomination process as anyone, but perhaps you are less familiar with being on that side of the table. … Continue Reading


November 18, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Terror Attack in Jerusalem Synagogue

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the below statement in response to the terror attack in a Jerusalem synagogue that killed four rabbis, including three Israeli-American citizens. "Today's horrific attack on worshipers at a synagogue in Jerusalem is a heinous act that demands complete and utter condemnation. To have disorder and terror interrupt the calm of morning prayers is deplorable and sickening to the core. N… Continue Reading


November 14, 2014

Menendez Commends Obama on Robust Green Climate Fund Pledge

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez today released the following statement regarding the Administration's announcement of a $3 billion pledge to the Green Climate Fund (GCF): "The announced $3 billion pledge is exactly what's needed to bring developing countries to the table for a meaningful climate agreement in Paris next year. It's also what's needed to help developing countries build cleaner economies and help them more effectively withstand the impacts of climate change. Presiden… Continue Reading


November 13, 2014

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Support Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Christopher Coons (D-DE), and John Boozman (R-AR) introduced a resolution supporting a U.S. contribution to further the work of the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi). Gavi is an international alliance between governments and private sector organizations with a mission to ensure children in the world's poorest countries have improved access to vaccines. "In the nearly 15 years of Gavi's existence, it has ensured the immunizat… Continue Reading


November 12, 2014

Menendez - Kirk Statement on Iran Nuclear Negotiations

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued today the following statement on the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran: "As co-authors of bipartisan sanctions laws that compelled Iran to the negotiating table, we believe that a good deal will dismantle, not just stall, Iran's illicit nuclear program and prevent Iran from ever becoming a threshold nuclear weapons state. This will require stringent limits on nuclear-related research, development and procure… Continue Reading


November 11, 2014

Menendez Applauds Bold US-China Agreement to Combat Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez tonight released the following statement regarding the Administration's announcement of a new agreement between the United States and China to address climate change: "This bold announcement from the world's two largest economies and greenhouse gas emitters can help lead to a robust global climate agreement in Paris next year. The Obama Administration's work to secure this agreement signals that China can no longer be used as an excuse to not act o… Continue Reading


November 07, 2014

Chairmen Seek Strong U.S. Action to Forge International Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, Chairman of the Committee on Finance, and U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Budget Committee sent the following letter to President Barack Obama, calling on him to propose a strong post-2020 American emissions reduction target, as well as make a substantial pledge to the Green Climat… Continue Reading


November 05, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Authorization for Use of Military Force

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement regarding pursuing an Authorization for Use of Military Force following President Obama's press conference. "I welcome President Obama's statement today expressing his desire to work with Congress in seeking an ISIL-specific Authorization for Use of Military Force. We will work at once with the President to draft a tailored AUMF, providing the additional authority required… Continue Reading


November 04, 2014

Chairman Menendez Unveils Innovative, Interactive Maps for Senate Foreign Relations Committee Website

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today unveiled a new webpage with a variety of interactive international maps using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. From showcasing maps reflecting worldwide GDP growth rates and unemployment rates, to highlighting Freedom House's annual country-by-country report on political rights and civil liberties, the newly-launched feature on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee websit… Continue Reading


October 31, 2014

Chairman Menendez Writes Vice President Biden to Urge Turkish Withdrawal from Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent the following letter to Vice President Joe Biden, calling on him to address the issue of Turkey's illegal incursion in Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) with Turkish President Erdogan during his upcoming visit to the Republic of Turkey. In the letter, the Chairman urged Vice President Biden to act: "The Cypriot people need your strong voice on this issue to urge President Erdogan to w… Continue Reading


October 28, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on OXI Day

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement in celebration of "OXI Day" on October 28th. "Today, I join millions of Greeks and Cypriots around the world to mark the 74th anniversary of OXI Day. On this day in 1940, Greek leader Ioannis Metaxas said OXI, or NO, to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his demand to take up strategic positions inside Greek sovereign territory. By proudly resisting occupation by It… Continue Reading


October 28, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Parliamentary Elections in Tunisia

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following Tunisia's parliamentary elections: "I congratulate the people of Tunisia on the peaceful and democratic election of their new parliament. Tunisia's leaders should be commended for their commitment to dialogue, pluralism, and consensus. The Tunisian people will continue to take critical next steps in their democratic transition by holding presidential election… Continue Reading


October 27, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following Ukraine's parliamentary elections: "Almost a year ago, Ukrainians began their protests for democratic reform, a movement that led to the deaths of over 100 hundred pro-democracy advocates. Those courageous individuals in the Maidan were standing up to chart their own future, free of foreign intervention or influence. This past Sunday, the Ukrainian people exp… Continue Reading


October 27, 2014

Chairman Menendez Releases Report on "Afghanistan in Transition: The U.S. Civilian Presence and Assistance Post-2014”

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released a report authored by the Democratic majority staff today, titled: "Afghanistan in Transition: The U.S. Civilian Presence and Assistance Post-2014." The report examines the development challenges that remain in Afghanistan following the recent political transition and offers a series of recommendations for U.S. assistance approach and civilian presence. "Afghanistan stands at the c… Continue Reading


October 23, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Terror Attacks in Canada

Newark, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the terror attacks in Canada: "Today in Ottawa, during this period of national mourning and trauma in Canada, Members of Parliament assembled for work in the House of Commons, demonstrating that democracy, freedom, and liberty are unassailable principles that serve as the bedrock of Canadian society. "Throughout the country, and particularly in Ottawa, … Continue Reading


October 23, 2014

Menendez Statement on Celebration of Diwali

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the below statement regarding the celebration of Diwali: "I extend my warmest wishes to those in New Jersey, and around the world who are celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights. Diwali symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, and is a time when millions of people pray for an auspicious and successful year to come. As we face growing challenges across the globe, I join the millions o… Continue Reading


October 10, 2014

Chairman Menendez Congratulates Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi on Winning the Nobel Peace Prize

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement congratulating Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi for winning the Nobel Peace Prize: "Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are two very deserving Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. In a world beset by chaos and unease, these two individuals represent the best of humanity and are symbols of hope and perseverance, of overcoming obstacles and seemingly insurmou… Continue Reading

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