Chairman's Press

March 28, 2022

Menendez Calls on the IAEA to Ensure Oversight of Ukrainian Nuclear Facilities Under Russian Occupation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is calling on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to work to secure Ukraine's nuclear power plants and assets as the Russian military destroys and occupies areas in and around Ukrainian nuclear facilities. In a letter to Director General Grossi, Chairman Menendez underscored the growing danger of Russian military recklessness near Ukrainian nuclear power plants and raised concerns about… Continue Reading


March 24, 2022

Chairs of the United States’ and Spain’s Foreign Relations Committees Raise Concerns about Spanish-Language Disinformation and Misinformation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, were joined by their Spanish counterparts Pau Marí-Klose, Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies' Foreign Affairs Committee, and Antonio Gutiérrez Limones, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, in releasing the below statement to voice their concerns regarding Spanish-language disinformation and mi… Continue Reading


March 23, 2022

SFRC Chairman Menendez Calls for Expedited Resettlement, Creation of Robust Humanitarian Parole Program to Support Ukrainian Refugees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas urging the Biden administration to accelerate plans for the resettlement of Ukrainian refugees to the United States and to expeditiously create a robust humanitarian parole program for all eligible Ukrainians fleeing Putin's illegal and unprovoked attacks. In addition to sending a strong… Continue Reading


March 23, 2022

SFRC Chairman Menendez Statement on the Passing of Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the below statement following the passing of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: "I am heartbroken to learn that former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has passed away. As a brilliant mind, revered diplomat, and dear friend, Madeleine was a trailblazer as the first woman to be Secretary of State and devoted public servant. "She was a champion of democracy and huma… Continue Reading


March 23, 2022

Menéndez, Risch, Kaine y Rubio Aplauden Aprobación de Proyecto de Ley por parte del Comité para Reforzar la Relación Entre Estados Unidos y Ecuador

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores, hoy fue acompañado por el Senador Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Comité, y los Senadores Tim Kaine (D-Va.) y Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Presidente y Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité del Hemisferio Occidental, en aplaudir la aprobación del proyecto de ley de la Asociación entre Estados Unidos y Ecuador de 2022 por parte… Continue Reading


March 23, 2022

SFRC Approves Menendez-Barrasso Resolution Honoring Anniversary of Greek Independence

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) in issuing the below statements in reaction to the Committee's approval of their bipartisan resolution recognizing the 201st anniversary of Greek Independence Day. In addition to celebrating the United States and Greece's enduring commitment to democracy, the resolution honors the history of close partnership and unshakable bonds of friendship that the… Continue Reading


March 23, 2022

Menendez, Risch, Kaine, Rubio Celebrate Committee Approval of U.S.-Ecuador Partnership Act

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) was joined today by Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, in applauding the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's passage of their United States-Ecuador Partnership Act of 2022. The bipartisan proposal, which now moves on to the Senate Floor for a final vote, is the first legislativ… Continue Reading


March 21, 2022

Menendez, Risch Statement on U.S. Genocide Designation for Burma

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the Biden administration formally declared the Burmese military committed genocide and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya Muslim population: "Today, the Biden administration confirmed what has been clear for many years: the Burmese military's campaign of systematic attacks, killing, and rape agains… Continue Reading


March 21, 2022

Menendez Calls for Greater U.S. Support for Transition to Civilian Rule and Democracy in Chad

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is calling on the Biden Administration to recalibrate U.S.-Chad policy to better balance the African nation's defense needs with that of diplomacy and development, including a greater role in supporting Chad's transition to civilian rule. In a new letter to Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs Molly Phee, Chairman Menendez specifically called for the Administration to pu… Continue Reading


March 17, 2022

Menendez Presses Biden Administration on Genocide Determination for Conflict in Ethiopia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called on President Joe Biden to assess whether parties to the conflict in Ethiopia are guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide. Citing evidence and reports of extra-judicial killings, massacres, sexual and gender-based violence, forced displacement and continued efforts to block humanitarian aid from reaching civilians, Chairman Menendez reinforced the need for the Depar… Continue Reading


March 17, 2022

Chairman Menendez Statement on St. Patrick’s Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in observance of St. Patrick's Day: "This week, many across the United States and Ireland are celebrating St. Patrick's Day, during which we honor the rich Irish heritage that both sides of the Atlantic deeply cherish. As we acknowledge the important cultural contributions of those across the island of Ireland, we also reflect on how the Good Friday Agreement large… Continue Reading


March 16, 2022

Hours after Zelenskyy Address to Congress, Senate Republicans Block Confirmation of Officials Tasked with Leading U.S. Efforts to Support Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today took to the Senate Floor to make a series of motions for the Senate to immediately confirm nominees to positions critical to the United States' efforts to assist and support Ukraine in the face of Putin's illegal and unprovoked war. Republican Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) blocked Chairman Menendez's efforts for the Senate to confirm Jim O'Brien to be Coordinator for Sanctions; Julieta Valls… Continue Reading


March 16, 2022

Menendez Statement on Biden Administration’s Designation of TPS for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Biden administration announced the designation of Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months: "As the United States continues to welcome and safely resettle Afghan refugees, I am encouraged that the Biden administration heeded our calls to designate Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status. Extending TPS ensures that A… Continue Reading


March 15, 2022

Menendez, Risch on Elimination of Press Freedom in Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the elimination of press freedom in Russia following Putin's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine: "Freedom of the press is a foundational pillar of democracy, and as such, an active threat to Vladimir Putin. In the two weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine, Putin has brazenly focused on eliminating any last shred of fr… Continue Reading


March 15, 2022

Menendez, Risch Mark 11th Anniversary of Syrian Uprising

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the below statement in recognition of the eleventh anniversary of the Syrian uprising: "Eleven years ago, protesters across Syria took to the streets in a courageous call for democratic change. Tragically, the regime of Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russian airpower and Iranian proxies like Hezbollah, responded with deadly attacks on its ow… Continue Reading


March 15, 2022

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Hearing: Combatting Authoritarianism: U.S. Tools and Responses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following opening remarks at this morning's full Committee hearing entitled "Combatting Authoritarianism: U.S. Tools and Responses." Testifying before the Committee were the Honorable Uzra Zeya, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights; Ms. Jennifer Hall Godfrey, U.S. Department of State Senior Official for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs… Continue Reading


March 10, 2022

Senadores Menéndez y Kaine Celebran la Designación de Colombia como Aliado de Alto Rango de los Estados Unidos

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, y el Senador Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Presidente del Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental, realizaron la siguiente declaración conjunta después de que el Presidente Joe Biden anunciara la designación formal de Colombia como un Aliado de Alto Rango fuera de la OTAN. Esto representa un gran avance para la alianza entre Estados Unidos y Colombia, lo que h… Continue Reading


March 10, 2022

**PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE** SFRC Chairman Menendez, Senator Kaine Celebrate Biden Administration’s Designation of Colombia as Major Non-NATO Ally of the United States

Designation follows the Senate Democrats' New Legislative Effort to Reinvigorate U.S.-Colombia Relations Senators Hosted Colombian President Iván Duque in U.S. Capitol This Morning WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chairman of the SFRC Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, today issued the following joint statement after President Joe Biden announced his intention to formally designate … Continue Reading


March 09, 2022

Senators Menendez, Kaine Unveil U.S.-Colombia Strategic Alliance Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chairman of the SFRC Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, today unveiled the United States-Colombia Strategic Alliance Act of 2022, a new legislative initiative that lays out a comprehensive agenda for U.S.-Colombia relations focused on expanding engagement on issues of inclusive economic growth, anti-corruption, international security, environmental protection, … Continue Reading


March 09, 2022

Senadores Menéndez y Kaine Presentan Proyecto de Ley para la Alianza Estratégica entre Estados Unidos y Colombia

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, y el Senador Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Presidente del Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental, hoy presentaron el Proyecto de Ley para la Alianza Estratégica entre Estados Unidos y Colombia de 2022, una nueva iniciativa legislativa que busca establecer una agenda integral para las relaciones entre Estados Unidos y Colombia centrada en ampliar nuestro compromiso en cuest… Continue Reading

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