Chairman's Press

May 27, 2014

Chairman Menendez Expresses Serious Concern Regarding United States Chamber of Commerce Trip to Cuba

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote United States Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue today and expressed serious concern about the Chamber of Commerce's upcoming trip to Cuba. In the letter, Sen. Menendez wrote: "I would like to reiterate my concerns about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's trip and the desire to strengthen its relationship with the Government of Cuba - a government that jails foreign busines… Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

Senators Introduce Legislation to Repeal 2002 Resolution Authorizing Use of Military Force Against Iraq

Washington, DC - U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced legislation today repealing the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Against Iraq that passed in 2002. The legislation was introduced following a hearing yesterday in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the AUMFs for Iraq and Afghanistan. "The time to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force for Iraq is past due," said Chairman Menendez. "Our se… Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

Senators Urge a Return to Democratic Rule in Thailand Following Military Coup

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following statement on the military coup in Thailand. Senator Cardin is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Senator Menendez is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Leahy is Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related programs. "We are deeply disappointed by the … Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

Chairman Menendez Expresses Deep Concern over Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis in Burma

Washington, DC - Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) wrote President Thein Sein of Burma expressing deep concern over the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting the Muslim Rohingya in Burma. In the letter, Sen. Menendez wrote: "I urgently request that your government take immediate steps to end the persecution of the Rohingya, ensure the security of international aid groups and facilitate their immediate access to Rakhine state." The letter can be found below and here. His Excellency Thein Sei… Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement regarding United States – Spain Tax Treaty

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement regarding the United States - Spain Tax Treaty. "Over the past five years, I worked to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Spain in my former capacity as the Honorary Chairman of the United States - Spain Council. One of the key objectives of both countries during that time was the reduction of double taxation which hindered commercial activities.… Continue Reading


May 21, 2014

Senators Introduce Resolution Condemning Death Sentence for Sudanese Christian Woman

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today introduced legislation condemning the death sentence of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a Sudanese Christian woman accused of apostasy, and calling for her immediate and unconditional release from prison, where she remains with her 20 month-old son. Ibrahim, also eight months pregnant, was sentenced to death for allegedly leaving Islam after authorities were made aware of her marri… Continue Reading


May 21, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on Authorization for Use of Military Force After Iraq, Afghanistan

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 use of military force after Iraq and Afghanistan." "This hearing will come to order. Let me welcome our panelists to this important hearing on how, when, and where the United States brings to bear the power of our military. "The 9/11 AUMF has served the United States well. It has provided bro… Continue Reading


May 16, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement regarding Election Results in India

Newark, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement regarding the election results in India. "The people of India have proudly participated in the world's largest democratic exercise, which resulted in a historic turnout of more than 550 million citizens exercising their right to vote. I congratulate those who participated in the elections for their robust commitment to the democratic process and send my support to India's… Continue Reading


May 15, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement after Meeting Ioannis Kasoulides, Foreign Affairs Minister for the Republic of Cyprus

Washington, DC -U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after meeting His Excellency Ioannis Kasoulides, Foreign Affairs Minister for the Republic of Cyprus. "This July marks the 40th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and today Foreign Minister Kasoulides briefed me on his government's ongoing efforts to end the occupation and reunify the island. These negotiations deserve the attention and support of the Unit… Continue Reading


May 15, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Sub-Committee Hearing on Abduction of Nigerian Girls

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 sub-committee hearing addressing the threat of Boko Haram and examining the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls. "Thank you to Senator Coons and Senator Flake for holding this hearing today. "We are all appalled at the plight of nearly 300 young women abducted in Nigeria by Boko Haram - which means "education is forbidden" … Continue Reading


May 14, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Coal Mine Tragedy in Turkey

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement regarding the coal mine disaster in Turkey. "Turkey is confronting a national tragedy today and during this time of mourning, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to the Turkish people. The images of suffering and the solemn expressions of loss evident at the coal mine facility in Soma are searing and truly heartbreaking. The United States is ready to assist the Turkish g… Continue Reading


May 14, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on Nominations to the International Monetary Fund, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Inter-American Development Bank

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 hearing for posts at the International Monetary Fund, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Inter-American Development Bank. The remarks follow: "Today we have four well-qualified nominees for the Committee's consideration. These nominees, if confirmed, will represent the United States in the Int… Continue Reading


May 12, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Illegal Referendum in Ukraine

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee issued this statement on yesterday's illegal referendum in Ukraine: "Yesterday's supposed referendum in eastern Ukraine is another illegal step toward Russia annexing key parts of Ukraine. The so-called referendum has no legitimacy, is a violation of international law, and clearly cannot be recognized by the U.S. "President Putin continues to manipulate domestic politics in Ukraine as a rus… Continue Reading


May 09, 2014

Senators Express Concerns over Maritime Dispute in South China Sea, Call Chinese Actions “Troubling”

Washington, DC - A bipartisan group of senators called recent actions by Chinese ships in the South China Sea "deeply troubling," and urged their colleagues to pass a senate 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. The statement was issued by the co-sponsors of Senate Resolution 412, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Be… Continue Reading


May 09, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Attack against Leading Human Rights Activist in Pakistan

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement regarding the murder of Mr. Rashid Rehman, a leading Pakistani human rights activist: "I am deeply concerned about ongoing attacks against human rights activists in Pakistan who are working to defend the rights of religious and ethnic minorities. I extend my condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Rashid Rehman, a Pakistan lawyer who was defending a controversial … Continue Reading


May 08, 2014

Boxer, Menendez, Collins, Kirk, Shaheen Introduce International Violence Against Women Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA), bipartisan legislation that would make reducing the levels of violence against women and girls across the globe a top diplomatic priority for the United States. "The recent kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian school girls underscores the horrific violence that too many women and girls… Continue Reading


May 08, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Venezuela Hearing

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: "Assessing Venezuela's political crisis: human rights violations and beyond." The remarks follow: "Let me welcome today's panelists from the Department of State, Duke University, the Carnegie Endowment, and Human Rights Watch, which this week released a deeply troubling report on the scale of human rights violations… Continue Reading


May 06, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on U.S. Treasury Sanctions in South Sudan Conflict

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following the Treasury Department's decision to sanction individuals on both sides of the conflict in South Sudan. "Violence is raging in South Sudan and with millions of lives at risk, I welcome today's announcement that the Obama Administration has designated two individuals for sanctions due to their roles in undermining peace and security in the world's newest nati… Continue Reading


May 06, 2014

Senators Express Shock, Concern in Letter to Nigerian President Regarding Kidnapping of Schoolgirls

Washington, DC -U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Chris Coons (D-DE) wrote a letter to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan expressing deep concern for the welfare of the women and girls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. The Senators encourage the Nigerian government to engage with international partners to address the root causes of unrest in the country. The letter appears below: Dear President Jonathan, We writ… Continue Reading


May 06, 2014

Chairman Menendez on Kidnapping of Nigerian Schoolgirls: VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT

Washington, DC -U.S. Senator Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expresses his deep concern for the welfare of the women and girls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram at the beginning of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today. The video follows: Transcript: "I want to note my grave concern about the cowardly and heinous kidnapping of some 276 young Nigerian women from their school and claims by Boko Haram's leader that many of the over 20… Continue Reading

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