Chairman's Press

February 14, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Release of Detainees by the Afghan Government

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement regarding the release of detainees from the Parwan Detention Center in Afghanistan: "I am deeply disappointed by the decision of President Karzai to release 65 militants from the Parwan Detention Center. There is evidence tying some of these individuals to attacks that killed coalition forces and Afghan soldiers, as well as civilians. In all likelihood, many of these indiv… Continue Reading


February 14, 2014

Chairman Menendez Introduces Ukraine Resolution Expressing Concern over Undemocratic Governance, Human Rights Violations

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Sen. James Risch introduced a resolution "expressing concern for undemocratic governance and the abuse of individual rights in Ukraine." "The status quo cannot continue and Ukrainians must be free to chart a more hopeful future absent recrimination or repression. Ukrainians have experienced the denial of basic rights and freedoms at the hands of their own government. During this diffic… Continue Reading


February 11, 2014

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at the Hearing, “Prospects for Democratic Reconciliation and Workers' Rights in Bangladesh”

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, "Prospects for Democratic Reconciliation and Workers' Rights in Bangladesh." The remarks follow: "We meet this morning to discuss U.S. policy in Bangladesh following the controversial January election and ensuing political stalemate. We also meet for a status update on the rights of Bangladesh's garment workers foll… Continue Reading


February 06, 2014

Chairman Menendez Speech on Iran

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following speech on Iran on the U.S. Senate Floor. The speech transcript follows: "I come to the floor to speak about one of our greatest national security challenges -which is a nuclear-armed Iran.I have long thought of this as a bipartisan national security issue - not a partisan political issue. At the end of the day it is a national security issue that we mus… Continue Reading


February 06, 2014

Chairman Menendez Welcomes Haitian President Michel Martelly to U.S. Congress

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after meeting with Haitian President Michel Martelly today: "As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as a U.S. Senator from New Jersey representing more than 57,000 Haitian-Americans, it is an honor to welcome President Martelly to the Senate," Menendez said. "Our nations share deep ties bound by a centuries-long partnership. The U.S. remains comm… Continue Reading


February 06, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Floor Remarks on Baucus Nomination to be US Ambassador to China

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below remarks on the Senate Floor on vote for Senator Max Baucus to become U.S. Ambassador to China. His statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: "I rise to support our friend and colleague, Senator Baucus as the new U.S. Ambassador to China. As I said in the Foreign Relations Committee this week, clearly one of the biggest challenges - and biggest opportunities - before U… Continue Reading


February 04, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below opening statement at today's hearing on Iran nuclear negotiations. His statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: "Let me begin by welcoming our panelists. Today we have two panels. On the first panel is Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Under Secretary Sherman is joined this morning by David Cohen, Under Secretary of Treasury for Terroris… Continue Reading


January 30, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on the Democratic Transition in Tunisia

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the democratic transition in Tunisia: "I congratulate the Tunisian people and their government on the progress in their political transition this week, and on their ongoing work to build a stable, democratic and prosperous future. "The latest steps in Tunisia's democratic transition offer a positive model to people everywhere seeking reform. Tunisia's ref… Continue Reading


January 30, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on Civilian Nuclear Cooperation Agreements

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below opening statement at today's hearing on civilian nuclear cooperation agreements. His statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: "This hearing will come to order. Let me first welcome our panelists today. We appreciate your participation. This year, several agreements are set to expire: Taiwan, which has been submitted to Congress. And other countries, including Vietnam… Continue Reading


January 28, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on the Lunar New Year

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement marking the Lunar New Year which takes place on January 31st. "As millions of people gather to mark the Lunar New Year, let me extend my warmest wishes to all communities celebrating this festive occasion. May this Year of the Horse be one marked by increased prosperity, continued good fortune, health and happiness. I offer families in New Jersey and throughout the… Continue Reading


January 28, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Nomination Hearings, Including for Senator Max Baucus to be US Ambassador to China

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below opening statements, at today's nomination hearings for Senator Max Baucus to be U.S. Ambassador to China, Arnold Chacon to be Director General of the Foreign Service and Daniel Bennett Smith to be Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research. The statements follow, as prepared for delivery: Panel One "Clearly one of the biggest challenges and biggest opport… Continue Reading


January 24, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Latest Developments in Ukraine

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the latest developments in Ukraine. Earlier this month, Chairman Menendez held a hearing on the crisis in Ukraine, and convened a roundtable discussion in New Jersey with Ukrainian leaders. "The deteriorating situation in Ukraine is growing more worrisome by the day. By abandoning fundamental principles of democratic rule and rejecting through violent me… Continue Reading


January 23, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Ceasefire between Government of South Sudan and Opposition Forces

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the announced ceasefire between South Sudan and opposition forces. Earlier this month, Chairman Menendez held a hearing on the crisis in South Sudan. "Today's breakthrough announcement in South Sudan is a critical step in the right direction which must result in the complete end of violence and hostilities. Too many innocent people have suffered and it is… Continue Reading


January 17, 2014

Senators Seek Additions to Magnitsky List of Russian Human Rights Abusers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Ben Cardin, D-Md., and John McCain, R-Ariz., all members of the Foreign Relations Committee, today requested the Obama administration add individuals to a U.S. government list of Russian human rights abusers who are subject to U.S. sanctions and travel restrictions. Enacted in 2012, the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law and Accountability Act, requires the U.S. government to maintain a list of individuals involved in human … Continue Reading


January 15, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on the Implications of the Crisis in Ukraine

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's hearing on the implications of the crisis in Ukraine: "I want to thank our very distinguished panelists for being here today. Dr. Brezinski needs no introduction. His reputation as one of this nation's leading voices on foreign policy goes without saying. And Assistant Secretary Nuland and Deputy Assistant Secretary Me… Continue Reading


January 11, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on the Passing of Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

Newark, NJ - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement honoring the life and legacy of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. "Ariel Sharon fought for Israel on the battlefield and for peace at the negotiating table. He helped establish a nation, provide for its security, and made difficult concessions during his final years as Prime Minister in the pursuit of peace. The nation Ariel Sharon dedicated his life to is … Continue Reading


January 11, 2014

Chairman Menendez Meets with New Jersey’s Salvadorian Community Leaders

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez (D-NJ) issued the following statement after meeting with representatives from several prominent Salvadorian-American organizations to discuss the upcoming 2014 Presidential elections in El Salvador. "In light of the upcoming presidential elections in El Salvador on February 2, I urge El Salvador's Supreme Electoral Tribunal to take all necessary steps to guarantee that the elections are carried out … Continue Reading


January 10, 2014

Chairman Menendez Urges Political Leaders in Bangladesh to End Deadlock and Hold Free, Fair, Inclusive Elections

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent letters to the leaders of Bangladesh's two main political parties, urging them to end the current deadlock, eschew street violence, and begin negotiations on a path toward free, fair, and inclusive elections. The letters also called on the leaders to reaffirm their commitment to improving labor conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry. The letter Chairman Menendez sent to Prime Ministe… Continue Reading


January 09, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Latest Developments in Tunisia

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the latest developments in Tunisia: "The resignation of Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Larayedh today is a positive step for Tunisia's democratic transition. After months of political deadlock and negotiations among ruling and opposition parties within the National Dialogue, the parties have selected an interim prime minister and are ratifying a new constitut… Continue Reading


January 09, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on South Sudan

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's hearing on the situation in South Sudan: "Let me welcome our panelists, all of whom are as deeply troubled as all of us are by the situation in South Sudan. We have many questions about the direction in which this young nation is headed and the greater implications of the conflict and I hope our panelists will provide… Continue Reading

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