Chairman's Press

May 20, 2019

Nearly 400 Lawmakers Call on Trump to Address Threats in Syria

WASHINGTON- A group of nearly 400 members of the United States Congress today called on President Trump to demonstrate American leadership in resolving the prolonged conflict in Syria. In a letter led by Senators Robert Menendez and James Risch, Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representatives Eliot L. Engel and Michael T. McCaul, Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators called on … Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Menendez Statement for the Record on the Tenth Anniversary of the End of the Sri Lankan Civil War

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, submitted the following statement for the Senate record this week commemorating the tenth anniversary of the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka. In his remarks, the Senator also urges Sri Lankans to continue on the path of peace and reconciliation following last month's terrorist attacks. "Mr. President, May 18th marks the 10th anniversary of the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka. In May 2009, … Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Menendez Statement for the Senate Record on Violence in Syria

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, submitted the following statement for the Senate record denouncing the brutal campaign being waged by the Assad regime and its supporters in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Hama: "Today I rise to bring attention to the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian backers' latest assault on innocent civilians under a rain of airstrikes and barrel bombs, which has sparked the worst violence in a ye… Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Menendez Slams Trump Admin Official for Dodging Questions on Russia’s Nuclear Capabilities to Target U.S.

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, confronted Trump Administration officials at a committee hearing this morning titled, "the Future of Arms Control Post-Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty." In his questioning of Andrea Thompson, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security at the State Department, Menendez blasted the Trump Administration for skirting Congress's oversight efforts around their strategy for t… Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Menendez Expresses Concern to Pompeo on Efforts by Dominican President to Seek Third Term in Office

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, asking him to use diplomatic tools to support democratic governance in the Dominican Republic as President Danilo Medina seeks to modify his country's constitution in order to run for an unprecedented third term. "Amid increased threats to democracy throughout the world, the United States must demonstrate its commitment to defending democratic n… Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Menendez Statement on Iran Tensions

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks addressing the Trump Administration's latest actions on Iraq and Iran during his opening statement at a committee hearing exploring the future of arms control: "Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Before I turn to the topic of the hearing, I must address the Trump Administration's latest actions on Iraq and Iran. This morning, I woke up to the news that the Administration … Continue Reading


May 13, 2019

Menendez Cautions Pompeo: Putin Meeting Cannot Mean ‘Business as Usual’ with Russia after Mueller Report

WASHINGTON - With U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo scheduled to meet with President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Russian Federation tomorrow, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter urging the Secretary to increase pressure on Moscow for its continued brazen aggression against the United States and other democracies around the world. "For the sake of our national security, I implore the adminis… Continue Reading


May 13, 2019

Menendez, Warner Urge Trump Admin Not to Cede Leadership in Developing Global Rules for Artificial Intelligence

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling attention to China's efforts to be the leading country driving the development of standards and norms related to Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Senators urged the Secretary to strengthen the Trump Administration's diplomatic efforts around e… Continue Reading


May 10, 2019

Menendez, Risch, Rubio, Shaheen, Express Concern for Democratic Erosion in Hungary, Ask Trump to Raise Issues with Orban

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), senior members of the committee, today sent a letter to President Trump to express their concern over Hungary's downward democratic trajectory and the implications for U.S. interests in Central Europe. President Trump is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán of Hungar… Continue Reading


May 08, 2019

Menendez Opening Remarks at Hearing on USAID Budget Request

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following remarks at a hearing examining the Trump Administration's proposed FY 2020 budget for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which featured testimony from USAID Administrator Mark Green: "Thank you, Mr. Chairman. And thank you, Administrator Green, for your service and for appearing before the Committee this morning. Immense chal… Continue Reading


May 07, 2019

Menendez: The Case isn’t ‘Closed’ on Russian Meddling, Need for Legislative Action is Now

WASHINGTON - Following Senate Majority Leader McConnell's declaration this morning of "case closed" and that it's time to "move on" from the Russia probe, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on the Senate Floor refuting Sen. McConnell, detailing the case against Putin, and outlining immediate actions the Senate must take to increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on Russia for its election interference and malign activ… Continue Reading


May 07, 2019

Menendez Introduces Legislation Boosting U.S. Efforts to Combat Ebola Outbreak in the DRC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced new legislation to boost U.S. efforts to combat the growing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo which has now claimed more than 1000 lives. The Ebola Eradication Act of 2019 specifically authorizes USAID to provide assistance aimed at improving access to communities affected by Ebola notwithstanding any other provision of law. The latest Ebola outbreak has ra… Continue Reading


May 07, 2019

Ahead of G7 Tech Meeting, Menendez, Schumer, Brown, Warner, Wyden Call on Sec. Pompeo to Promote U.S. Leadership in 5G Development

WASHINGTON - A group of leading national security senators today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging him to use an upcoming meeting of the G7 to forge a partnership of like-minded allies to compete with China in the development of fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology. Signed by Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Co… Continue Reading


May 03, 2019

Menendez & Engel Call for Answers on Payment to North Korea for Otto Warmbier Release

WASHINGTON- Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs today called for answers from the Trump Administration regarding reports that the U.S. government committed to paying $2 million to North Korea to secure the release of Otto Warmbier. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, they wrote, "While we of course share a belief that every effort should be made to secure … Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

Senators Menendez, Risch, Markey, and Gardner Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Calling for a Stronger U.S.-Japan Alliance

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, were joined today by Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) in introducing a Senate resolution reaffirming the importance of a close partnership between the United States and Japan. In recognition of the coronation of the new Emperor and the beginning of a new era in Japan, the resolution marks seventy years of the U.S.-Japanese alliance, an… Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Menendez Commemorates World Press Freedom Day with Statement for Senate Record and Bipartisan Resolution

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today submitted the below statement for the Senate record in observance of World Press Freedom Day. Menendez was also joined by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in leading a group of their Senate colleagues to introduce a bipartisan Resolution recognizing the sacrifices that journalists around the world have borne in pursuit of truth and accountability. A copy of Senator Menendez's statement can be… Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Menendez Introduces Bill to Address Past and Future Discrimination against LGBTI Diplomats

WASHINGTON - Forty-six years after President Eisenhower signed an executive order that set the Lavender Scare in motion in April 1953, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last night introduced the Lavender Offense Victim Exoneration Act, or LOVE Act, to recognize the shameful purge of at least 1,000 LGBTI people from the State Department during the 1950s and 1960s; and to protect today's State Department employees from discrimination on the ba… Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Menendez Opening Statement at Hearing on the Humanitarian Impact of the War in Syria

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following remarks at a hearing entitled, "the Humanitarian Impact of Eight Years of War in Syria," with testimony by UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Ben Stiller and International Rescue Committee CEO David Miliband: "Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Let me first join you in honoring the memory of the late Senator Dick Lugar. I was privileged to join the committee while he was chai… Continue Reading


April 26, 2019

Menendez on Pres. Trump Telling NRA he is Cancelling U.S. Participation in Global Arms Treaty

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump announced at the National Rifle Association convention he will cancel the United States' status as a signatory of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a 2014 multilateral arms treaty to regulate international trade of conventional arms. "This is yet another myopic decision that jeopardizes U.S. security based on false premises and fearmongering. Th… Continue Reading


April 26, 2019

Menendez Questions Sec. Pompeo about State Department’s Apparent Decision to Cut Contact with UN Human Rights Experts

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding answers to allegations that the United States has ceased cooperation with the United Nation's top human rights experts, known as Special Rapporteurs. According to publically available data, the Trump Administration has not responded to any requests for UN Special Rapporteurs to make official visits to the United States in the last t… Continue Reading

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