Chairman's Press

July 07, 2021

Bipartisan Group of Senators Reaffirm Importance of U.S.-Colombia Relationship; Express Concern Over Recent Crackdown on Demonstrators

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the SFRC Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, in leading 10 of their Senate colleagues to reaffirm Congressional support for the U.S.-Colombia bilateral relationship. In a letter to President Joe Biden, the Senators underscored the country's significance as the United States' biggest strat… Continue Reading


July 06, 2021

Chairman Menendez Calls on UN to Prohibit Ethiopian Troops in Tigray From Serving as Peacekeepers

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to prevent all Ethiopian soldiers who have participated in military operations in the Tigray region of Ethiopia from being allowed to participate in UN peacekeeping operations until their complicity in gross human rights violations can be determined by a credible vetting process. Nearly nine months into the brutal conflict in Tigray, th… Continue Reading


July 01, 2021

Chairman Menendez Statement on State Department’s 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to the publication of the 2021 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report by the U.S. Department of State: "With more than 40 million people currently trapped in modern day slavery, today's publication of the 2021 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report is a painful reminder of the work left to be done to end this $150 billion dollar blood industry. While t… Continue Reading


June 29, 2021

SFRC Chairman, Ranking Member Joint Statement in Support of Democratic Elections in Libya

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the below statement in support of democratic elections in Libya: "We strongly support ongoing efforts by Libyan delegates in Geneva to establish a new constitutional framework for democratic elections in December. This presents an historic opportunity for Libyans to end the cycle of violence and chaos that has wracked their country f… Continue Reading


June 29, 2021

Chairman Menendez Urges Biden Administration to Speed Up Protections for Afghans Who Served in Support of U.S. Mission

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called on the Biden administration to speed up its efforts to protect the thousands of Afghan citizens who supported the United States military and diplomatic corps and who now face increasing threats from extremists like the Taliban as the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan nears. In a letter following a June 24 announcement that the U.S. government would begin evacuating Special Immigra… Continue Reading


June 28, 2021

To Celebrate Pride Month, Menendez Pushes State Department to Establish Permanent “Lavender Scare” Exhibit in the National Museum of American Diplomacy

WASHINGTON - In honor of Pride Month and on the 52nd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today wrote to Secretary of State Antony Blinken requesting that the State Department establish a permanent exhibit on the "Lavender Scare" in the National Museum of American Diplomacy to memorialize the wrongful dismissal of at least 1,000 State Department personnel in the 1950s and 1960s due to their sexual orientation … Continue Reading


June 28, 2021

Statement from Chairman Menendez on U.S. Airstrikes Targeting Iran-Backed Militias

Jersey City, N.J. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after U.S. military forces carried out a round of airstrikes on Sunday targeting Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Syria: "The United States must always take decisive action to protect our personnel and interests against attacks. I will be seeking more information from the Administration in the coming days regarding what specifically predicated these strikes,… Continue Reading


June 28, 2021

Menendez, Risch Introduce Comprehensive Global Health Legislation to Respond to COVID-19 and Better Prepare for Future Pandemics

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last week introduced comprehensive global health legislation entitled the International Pandemic Preparedness and COVID-19 Response Act (S. 2297) to improve global health and pandemic preparedness and enhance COVID-19 response efforts. "Thanks to the Biden administration's efforts, we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel of this dark … Continue Reading


June 25, 2021

Leading Senate Dems Question Vetting of U.S. Paramilitary Training Following NYT Report that Government Authorized American Contractor to Train Khashoggi’s Killers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in calling on the Department of State and Department of Defense to assess and reevaluate the full extent of training, military cooperation and arms sales that the U.S. Government and U.S. private contractors provide to t… Continue Reading


June 24, 2021

***PHOTO RELEASE*** SFRC Chairman Menendez Meets with President of Afghanistan, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in the Capitol: "It was a pleasure to welcome President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah to Washington today. Their many years of engagement with Foreign Relations Committee members and staff are not only deeply appreciated, but are a test… Continue Reading


June 22, 2021

Chairman Menendez Leads Senate Resolution in Observance of World Refugee Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by 22 of his Democratic colleagues in introducing a Senate resolution reaffirming the United States' commitment to promote the safety, health, education, and well-being of millions of refugees and displaced persons, including children, who flee war, persecution, or torture in search of peace, hope, and freedom. Introduced in observance of World Refugee Day (June 20), the resoluti… Continue Reading


June 22, 2021

Comité Aprueba Proyecto de Ley RENACER para que el Régimen de Ortega Rinda Cuentas por Socavar la Democracia en Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, seguido por el Senador Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental, y los Senadores Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) y Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) emitieron las siguientes declaraciones después de que el Comité de Relaciones Exteriores aprobara su proyecto de ley para alinear estratégicamente… Continue Reading


June 22, 2021

Menendez, Rubio Applaud SFRC Passage of U.S.-Greece Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act of 2021

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in applauding the Committee passage of their new legislation to bolster the United States' defense partnership with Greece. Entitled the U.S.-Greece Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act of 2021, the bipartisan legislation boosts support for Greek military modernization by authorizing new transfers of American military equipment and foster… Continue Reading


June 22, 2021

Committee Approves RENACER Act to Hold Ortega Regime Accountable for Subverting Democracy in Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, and Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in issuing the following statements after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved their legislation to strategically align the United States' diplomatic tools, including targeted sanctions, to advance democ… Continue Reading


June 17, 2021

Menéndez, Rubio Presentan Proyecto de Ley para Combatir la Trata de Médicos Cubanos

WASHINGTON - Los Senadores Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), el Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el Senado, y Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), el Miembro de Más Alto Rango en el Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental, hoy presentaron el Proyecto de Ley para Combatir la Trata de Médicos Cubanos del 2021. Esta legislación fortalecerá las medidas para que el régimen cubano rinda cuentas por la trata de personas y la explotación de mé… Continue Reading


June 17, 2021

Menendez, Rubio Reintroduce Legislation to Combat Human Trafficking of Cuban Doctors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member of the SFRC Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, today re-introduced the Combatting Trafficking of Cuban Doctors Act of 2021, legislation to strengthen accountability measures addressing the Cuban regime's human trafficking and exploitation of Cuban doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals deployed on foreign medical missions. In additio… Continue Reading


June 17, 2021

Chairman Menendez Introduces Global Labor Rights Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced the Global Labor Support Act to support and advance internationally recognized labor rights around the world. The legislation follows the release last year of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic Staff investigation of the treatment of garment workers, labor rights, and factory safety in Bangladesh. The report, titled "Seven Years After Rana Plaza, Significant Challen… Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Menendez Objects to Senate UC Request to Fast Track Legislation Without Due Consideration by SFRC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today took to the Senate Floor to object to a live unanimous consent request by Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) to skip regular committee consideration and debate by the SFRC for the Stop Taxpayer Funding of Hamas Act, which, given its overly broad provisions, could conceivably prohibit the United States from assisting in the reconstruction of or providing humanitarian aid to anyone living in Gaza. G… Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Statement from Chairman Menendez on Biden-Putin Summit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement today after President Joe Biden met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland: "Today, Americans collectively sighed in relief knowing we have a President that understands the importance of standing up for our friends, defending human rights, and bluntly speaking truth to those who seek to do us harm. "President Biden did his job and stood up fo… Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Menéndez Pide que la Organización Panamericana de la Salud Rinda Cuentas Sobre su Complicidad Con Facilitar la Trata de Doctores Cubanos

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado y el Latino de Más Alto Rango en el Congreso, acudió al pleno del Senado de los Estados Unidos el día de hoy para subrayar su preocupación con la decisión de la administración Biden de presentar un escrito de amicus curiae en el caso judicial Ramona Matos Rodriguez, et al., v. Pan American Health Organization, que incluye serias acusacio… Continue Reading

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