Chairman's Press

November 09, 2013

Chairman Menendez Statement on the Tragedy in the Philippines Caused by Typhoon Haiyan

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the statement below regarding the tragedy in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan. "Today our hearts go out to the Filipino people. The images of devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan coming out of the Philippines are truly heartbreaking. The Filipino people have my sympathy and support as they deal with the effects of a storm that has, by last accounts, killed at least 1,200 people. The… Continue Reading


November 07, 2013

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Today’s Nominations 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 nominations hearing. The remarks follow: "Today we have three nominees before the Committee: Heather Higginbottom to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, Dr. Sarah Sewall as Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, and Richard Stengel nominated to be Under Secretary of… Continue Reading


November 05, 2013

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities Hearing

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following remarks at this afternoon's hearing about the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) Hearing. The remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: "Welcome to our panelists and all of our guests who have taken the time to come here today for this important hearing on the rights of roughly 1 billion people around the world with disabilities. Let me qu… Continue Reading


October 31, 2013

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Syria Hearing

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following remarks at this morning's hearing about the state of affairs in Syria. The remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: "Thank you all for being here. We have two panels today. On our first panel is Robert Ford, Ambassador to Syria; Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID; and Thomas Countryman,… Continue Reading


October 25, 2013

Menendez Comments on Vice President Biden Meeting with Cuban Human Rights Activist Berta Soler

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement about Berta Soler's meeting with Vice President Biden. "Vice President Biden's meeting with Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White, is a truly historic act of support for human rights defenders in Cuba. Through their acts of peaceful protest, Berta and the Ladies in White have remained an unwavering beacon of hope for the restoration of justice, human rig… Continue Reading


October 14, 2013

Bipartisan Senate Leaders to President Obama: “The True Test of Iranian Sincerity is a Willingness to Match Rhetoric with Actions”

WASHINGTON, DC - A bipartisan group of senate leaders wrote President Obama ahead of the P5 + 1 talks in Geneva supporting efforts to explore a diplomatic opening with Iran, but noted the true test of Iranian sincerity is a willingness to match rhetoric with actions. The letter to President Obama sent on Friday follows: October 11, 2013 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: As representatives of the P5+1 and the Irania… Continue Reading


October 09, 2013

Chairman Menendez Statement on Administration Announcement regarding Egypt

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following the Administration's announcement regarding Egypt: "Our relationship with Egypt is bound by decades of shared concerns to ensure regional stability, maintain the Camp David peace accords, and cooperate on counterterrorism and border security efforts. Assistance to Egypt that supports these common goals should continue," said Menendez. "But ongoing violence in… Continue Reading


October 07, 2013

Chairman Menendez Commends Passage of Senate Resolution Expressing Concern about Political Situation in Venezuela

WASHINGTON, DC - The United States Senate unanimously approved a bipartisan resolution authored by Chairman Robert Menendez and Senator Marco Rubio that urges the U.S. Department of State and countries in the hemisphere to take meaningful steps to ensure that the rule of law in Venezuela is maintained in accordance with the Inter-American Democratic Charter. In response to the ongoing deterioration of the economic and political situation in Venezuela, the resolution calls for a process of dial… Continue Reading


October 02, 2013

Chairman Menendez Welcomes Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to Congress

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement welcoming Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to Congress today: "The relationship between the United States and Greece is an important one, historically rooted in shared values and principles. Prime Minister Samaras is demonstrating continued leadership during trying times as the Greek people confront a severe economic crisis with determination and resilience. It is… Continue Reading


October 01, 2013

Chairman Menendez Statement on the Expulsion by Venezuela of U.S. Diplomats, Passage of Venezuela Resolution in Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement regarding President Maduro's expulsion of three U.S. diplomats from Venezuela, and the passage of a resolution in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee supporting Venezuelan democracy and condemning violence and intimidation against the country's political opposition. "President Maduro's decision to expel three U.S. diplomats from our Embassy in Caracas is a clear att… Continue Reading


September 30, 2013

Chairman Menendez Statement after Meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following the meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: "During the meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu, senators spoke with a unity of purpose, hopeful for a diplomatic outcome with Iran that leads to a verifiable termination of its pursuit of nuclear weapons program, but resolute that U.S. national… Continue Reading


September 27, 2013

Chairman Menendez Statement on UN Climate Panel Report

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the physical evidence behind climate change. "This report shows that the evidence that humans are causing climate change is at least as strong as the link between cigarette smoking and cancer. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to act swiftly and boldly to reduce pollution that is causing more seve… Continue Reading


September 27, 2013

Chairman Menendez Statement on Syria Breakthrough in UN Security Council

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement on the draft resolution in the U.N. Security Council regarding Syria's chemical weapons program. "The progress in New York regarding Syria's chemical weapons is a positive development, but there are serious questions that remain about Assad's commitment to this process. We will see over the coming weeks and months whether Syria fully cooperates with international efforts… Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

Chairman Menendez Statement on U.S. Climate Action Report

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, released this statement following the release of the sixth U.S. Climate Action Report. The report is submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which requires domestic greenhouse gas emissions projections every four years. "We have a moral obligation to do what we can to reduce climate change impacts for our children and grandchildren. The only way to achieve th… Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Nomination Hearing for Rose Gottemoeller, Frank Rose, and Adam Scheinman

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement at today's nomination hearing for Rose Gottemoeller, Frank Rose, and Adam Scheinman. As prepared for delivery: "Today we have with us three experienced nonproliferation officials nominated for key international security posts. Each of these nominees is a qualified professional more than capable to assume their new role. Should they be confirmed, they will b… Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

Chairman Menendez Praises Passage of Organization of American States Revitalization and Reform Act of 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - The Organization of American States Revitalization and Reform Act of 2013, legislation introduced by Chairman Menendez in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, passed Congress and is set to become law with the President's signature. "The OAS is the Western hemisphere's premier multilateral institution, and yet its effectiveness has declined in recent years. For Western hemisphere nations to truly thrive, urgent reforms are required to enhance the OAS's strategic planning pr… Continue Reading


September 25, 2013

Chairman Robert Menendez calls on American Retailers to empower workers in Bangladesh’s garment factories.

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to former U.S. Rep. Ellen O'Kane Tauscher (D-CA), Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, calling on the Alliance to take an active role in increasing awareness and understanding of workers' rights in Bangladesh's garment factories. The letter follows the June hearing on labor issues in Bangladesh chaired by Senator Menendez. The Menen… Continue Reading


September 25, 2013

Menendez, Corker Introduce Legislation to Strengthen PEPFAR and the Global Fight against HIV/AIDS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today introduced the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act, legislation to extend critical authorities and strengthen oversight of the landmark 2003 legislation - The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). "PEPFAR has saved millions of lives over the last ten years and today we recommit ourselves to this critical fight by extending and enhancing this vital program," said Menendez. "On this bipartisan legisl… Continue Reading


September 24, 2013

Chairman Menendez Responds to President Rouhani’s Speech at the United Nations General Assembly

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following President Rouhani's speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York today. "While I welcome the statement by President Rouhani that Iran is seeking a peaceful and diplomatic path, I was disappointed by the overwhelmingly antagonistic rhetoric that characterized his remarks," Menendez said. "In passing four U.N. Security Council resolutions, the int… Continue Reading


September 23, 2013

Senators Menendez, Graham to President Obama: “The Test of Iranian Seriousness must be Verifiable Action”

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wrote President Obama today urging him during his speech to the U.N. General Assembly to re-state the U.S. goal of not permitting Iran to achieve nuclear weapons capability and demanding verifiable action from the Iranian government in order to permit the possibility of a diplomatic accord with the international community. This follows the letter written in August by Menendez and Graham, and signed by a total of 76 … Continue Reading

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