Chairman's Press

August 01, 2014

Chairman Menendez Calls on Senate to Confirm U.S. Ambassadorial Nominees; Republicans Reject Request

Watch Menendez on Senate Floor Here Washington, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for the immediate confirmation of 25 ambassadorial nominees, all career Foreign Service Officers, during the final hours of the Senate's legislative session - a request that was rejected outright by Republicans on the Senate floor. Republican obstructionism resulted in the continued and growing backlog of countries and postings where the United States … Continue Reading


July 30, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Administration’s Announcements of Visa Restrictions against Human Rights Abusers in Venezuela

Washington, DC -U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Administration's announcement today to apply visa restrictions against human rights abusers in Venezuela. "Today's announcement sends an unambiguous and direct message to President Maduro, members of his Administration, and the Venezuelan government: the United States will never tolerate systemic human rights violations conducted by a merciless governmen… Continue Reading


July 29, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on U.S. and European Sanctions against Russia

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding today's announcement by President Obama and the European Union on applying a new round of targeted sectoral sanctions against Russia. "President Putin responds only to strength and determined actions, and the sanctions announced today by the United States and European Union demonstrate a clear unity of purpose. I am pleased that the announced sancti… Continue Reading


July 29, 2014

Bipartisan Group of U.S. Senators Express Deep Concern over Deterioration of Democracy, Rule of Law, Human Rights in Venezuela in Letter to Secretary of State Kerry

Washington, DC - A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators wrote Secretary of State Kerry today expressing deep concern over the deterioration of democracy, rule of law, and human rights in Venezuela and urged the Administration to apply targeted sanctions against Venezuelan individuals complicit in human rights violations. The letter was signed by U.S. Sens. Menendez (D-NJ), Rubio (R-FL), Nelson (D-FL), Cruz (R-TX), Cardin (D-MD), Alexander (R-TN), Kaine (D-VA), McCain (R-AZ), and Kirk (R-IL). In … Continue Reading


July 29, 2014

Chairman Menendez on Argentina’s Default Deadline

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the nearing default deadline for Argentina. "There is no reason that a member of the G20 should fail to meet its international financial and legal obligations. Last month's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court should have sent a clear signal to the Government of Argentina that it needed to enter into good faith negotiations with its creditors. Instead, the Ki… Continue Reading


July 29, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on Iran P5+1 Negotiation Extensions

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 "Iran P5+1 Negotiation Extensions." "We have two panels today to give us an overview of the status of the P5+1 talks - looking back at what we've learned over the last six months and looking ahead at what might change between now and November that could ultimately get us the good deal we all hope for. "What I … Continue Reading


July 24, 2014

Chairman Menendez Hosts Presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and Foreign Minister of El Salvador

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after meeting with the Presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and Foreign Minister of El Salvador. "Today's meeting provided an opportunity for frank discussion about how the U.S. Government and the Governments of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras can come together to address the root causes of the humanitarian crisis unfolding on the southern border of United Stat… Continue Reading


July 24, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on Iraq at a Crossroads: Options for U.S. Policy

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 "Iraq at a Crossroads: Options for U.S. Policy." "Today we will focus on Iraq and U.S. policy options. But, to fully examine the crisis in Iraq, we must acknowledge the broader context of developments across the region. "Earlier this year, I held a hearing on the "Spillover from the Syria Conflict" to examine … Continue Reading


July 22, 2014

Senate Committee Chairmen Menendez, Feinstein and Levin Call for Broad Sanctions against Russia’s Defense Sector, Energy and Financial Industries in Letter to President Obama

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Carl Levin (D-MI), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee wrote President Obama today, calling for broad sanctions against Russia's defense sector, as well as their energy and financial industries. The Senators also asked the President to explore the possibility of designating the Donetsk People's Re… Continue Reading


July 22, 2014

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes the Disabilities Treaty

Washington, DC -U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Committee passed the Disabilities Treaty by a vote of 12 to 6. "One hundred forty six nations and the European Union have ratified the Disabilities Treaty, but it will require American leadership to ensure the treaty's protections become a reality. The treaty embodies the highest of American standards. From the U.S. Constitution, it borrows principles of equ… Continue Reading


July 17, 2014

Menendez Statement on Senate Passage of Resolution Supporting Israel during Operation Protective Edge

Washington, DC - The Senate approved a resolution today supporting Israel as it executes Operation Protective Edge against Hamas terrorists in Gaza. Senate Resolution 498 was authored by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez issued the following statement upon the resolution's passage: "The United States firmly and resolutely stands with Israel as it defends its citize… Continue Reading


July 17, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing, “Dangerous Passage: Central America in Crisis and the Exodus of Unaccompanied Minors”

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 "Dangerous Passage: Central America in Crisis and the Exodus of Unaccompanied Minors." "We are here today because we have a humanitarian crisis on our southern border - now a refugee crisis - which, I would argue, requires an emergency response domestically and the urgent recalibration of our foreign policy. "… Continue Reading


July 15, 2014

Chairman Menendez Speech on Iran

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following speech on Iran in the U.S. Senate: "M. President, I again come to the floor to speak about one of our greatest national security challenges - a nuclear-armed Iran and the latest conflicting remarks coming from Iran's leaders. "Let me say at the outset, as I have said in the past, I support the Administration's diplomatic efforts. I have always supported a bi… Continue Reading


July 15, 2014

Menendez, Royce Letter on 40th Anniversary of Division of Cyprus

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote President Obama urging the Administration to increase attention to the goal of reunifying Cyprus. In the letter, the Chairmen wrote: "Reunification would allow Cyprus to fully realize its potential as a stable and predictable democracy and a regional leader anchored in the western security architecture that is… Continue Reading


July 11, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on President Putin’s Visit to Cuba

Newark, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the below statement regarding President Putin's visit to Cuba: "As Vladamir Putin launches his trip to Latin America at a moment when his international approval rating is plummeting, it's hardly surprising that he would seek solace in the arms of Cuba's aging dictators. Global opinion rightfully rejects the Castros' and Putin's efforts to strip their citizens of their rights, curb free e… Continue Reading


July 11, 2014

Senators Express “Grave Concern” over Escalating Violence in Sudan in Letter to President Obama

Washington, DC - U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Chris Coons (D-DE) wrote President Obama today, urging the Administration to respond to the escalation of violence and the targeting of civilians in Darfur and the Two Areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. In the letter, the Senators wrote: "The international community should ensure unrelenting scrutiny on the government of Sudan to stem the loss of innocent lives and prevent its policies, set in motion a decade ago, fr… Continue Reading


July 11, 2014

Bipartisan Maritime Security Resolution for the Asia-Pacific Region Approved by U.S. Senate

Washington, DC - A bipartisan maritime security resolution reaffirming support of the U.S. government for freedom of navigation in the Asia-Pacific region and for the peaceful diplomatic resolution of outstanding territorial and maritime disputes passed the U.S. Senate late yesterday. Senate Resolution 412 was introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Jim Risch (R-ID), and John McCain (R-AZ) - all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "T… Continue Reading


July 10, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement Regarding U.S. Appeals Court Ruling on $1.75 Billion Award for Victims in Iran Terror Cases

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Appeals Court ruling that $1.75 billion in Iranian funds was awarded to the families of victims of terror attacks perpetrated by Iran. The ruling clears the way for funds to be distributed to victims of Iran-sponsored terror attacks, including the 1983 bombing that killed 241 Marines in Beirut, Lebanon and the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towe… Continue Reading


July 10, 2014

Menendez, Graham, Ayotte, and Schumer Introduce Resolution Expressing US Support for Israel

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today introduced a resolution expressing support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization. The resolution: Reaffirms the United States' support for Israel's right to defend its citizens and ensure the survival of the State of Israel; Condemns the unprovoked rocket fire at Israel; Calls on Hamas to im… Continue Reading


July 09, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on Russia and Developments in Ukraine

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 "Russia and Developments in Ukraine." "This hearing will come to order. We have two distinguished panels today to help us look more closely at developments in Ukraine. "We are pleased to have - on our first panel - Assistant Secretaries from State, Treasury, and Defense to brief us on the situation on the grou… Continue Reading

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