Chairman's Press

April 11, 2019

Menendez, Risch Statement on Removal of Sudanese President from Power

Washington - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement about the removal of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir from power by the Sudanese military: "We stand in solidarity with the Sudanese people, who for months have taken to the streets to reclaim their country from a ruthless military regime, led by a war criminal that has ruled through fear, violence, and the repression of d… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Menendez Statement on Arrest of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London. "Although Julian Assange may have begun WikiLeaks as an effort to promote transparency, it long ago ceased to be an neutral platform for distributing information. Assange's abuse of his platform to illegally publish thousands of secret U.S. military and diplomatic documents compromised our national … Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

At Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Menendez Delivers Speech about Threats to Democracy across the Globe

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered a speech today at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for an event titled "Democracy Under Assault: How American Foreign Policy Can Rise to the Challenge." Menendez spoke about threats to the liberal international order and the role Congress can play in defending it. "We must show the American people and people around the world that democracy is capable of solving problems … Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

Menendez, Cruz Introduce Bipartisan Senate Resolution Affirming U.S. Recognition of Armenian Genocide

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today introduced a Senate resolution to ensure the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning the Armenian Genocide. Carried out by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923, the Armenian Genocide resulted in the forced deportation of nearly 2 million Armenians, of whom 1.5 million were killed. "As we near the anniversa… Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

Senator Menendez Opening Remarks at SFRC Hearing with Secretary Pompeo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks at a hearing this morning with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the Trump Administration's FY 2020 State Department Budget Request. "Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Welcome, Mr. Secretary, back to the committee. We appreciate you being here. It is something of a cliché to say at hearings like this that we meet at a critical juncture or a co… Continue Reading


April 09, 2019

Menendez, Rubio Introduce Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation to reshape U.S. strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019 would allow the U.S. to fully support the trilateral partnership of Israel, Greece, and Cyprus through energy and defense cooperation initiatives - including by lifting the embargo on arms… Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Menendez, Carper and More than 30 Democratic Senators Warn Pres. Trump against Cutting Funding to Northern Triangle Countries

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Tom Carper (D-Del.), a senior member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today led a group of 34 Democratic senators in sending a letter to President Donald Trump opposing his plan to cut national security funding to Northern Triangle countries. In their missive, the Senators make clear the U.S. Congress already appropriated these funds to advance United States' for… Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Menendez, Rubio, Colleagues Urge Strong Sanctions, Export Controls & Financial Disclosures to Counter Chinese Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and U.S. Representatives James P. McGovern (D-Mass.) and Chris Smith (R-N.J.) led a bipartisan group of 24 Senators and 19 Representatives in a letter urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to swiftly impose Global Magnitsky Act sanctions against Chen Quanguo, Xinjiang Communist Party Secretary… Continue Reading


April 03, 2019

Menendez, Rubio Lead Bipartisan Group Introducing the VERDAD Act, Comprehensive Legislation to Help Restore Democracy in Venezuela

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced new comprehensive legislation to help restore … Continue Reading


April 02, 2019

Sens. Menendez and Rubio Question Energy Secretary over Approval of U.S.-Saudi Nuclear Cooperation

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), today sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry expressing their concern and asking for clarifications about the Administration's approval of multiple licenses for U.S. companies to sell nuclear energy technology and support to Saudi Arabia. The United States does not have a framework pact for bilateral nuclear cooperation known as a "123 Agreement" with S… Continue Reading


April 01, 2019

Menendez Statement on Presidential Elections in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement following this weekend's first round of presidential elections in Ukraine: "I congratulate the people of Ukraine for a successful election process on Sunday. International election observers affirmed that voters were able to freely exercise their right to choose from a broad choice of candidates the polls, who were also able to campaign freely. As the country … Continue Reading


March 30, 2019

Menendez Reacts to Trump Administration’s Attempt to Cut Foreign Aid to Central America

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement following reports that President Trump ordered the State Department to cut foreign aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador: "If carried out, President Trump's irresponsible decision to cut off our assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras would undermine American interests and put our national security at risk. U.S. foreign assistance is not charity; it ad… Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Menendez Releases Staff Findings Challenging State Department’s Justification for Rescinding Award to Finnish Journalist Jessikka Aro

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released a report prepared by Democratic staff of the Foreign Relations Committee that calls into question the State Department's claims that it rescinded the International Women of Courage (IWOC) award from foreign investigative journalist Jessikka Aro due to an "error," and not because of her public criticism of President Donald Trump. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic st… Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Senate Resolution Condemning Terrorist Attacks in New Zealand

WASHINGTON - In the wake of this month's terrorist attack in New Zealand, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), the Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, were joined by Senators Gary Peters (D-Mi.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in introducing a bipartisan Senate resolution condemning the March 15, 2019 attack in … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Menendez Introduces Resolution Observing the 25th Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced a resolution marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, which killed an estimated 800,000 Rwandans, causing millions to flee the country as refugees. "This April we join with the people of Rwanda and the global community to solemnly commemorate the 25th Anniversary of this terrible moment in history," said Senator Menendez. "As we commend the people and g… Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Menendez Corrects the Record on Trump Administration’s Failure to Fill Key State Department Vacancies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on the Senate Floor today to outline the Trump Administration's failure to nominate qualified individuals for a number of ambassador posts and senior State Department positions. The Senator's speech comes in response to the latest statements the President reportedly made yesterday afternoon when he met with Senate Republicans, where he tried to shift the blame away from himself for hi… Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Menendez, Cotton, and Colleagues Introduce Taiwan Assurance Act

Washington, D.C. - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.), introduced the Taiwan Assurance Act, legislation that would enhance the U.S.-Taiwan relationship and bolster Taiwan's participation in the international community. "Bearing witness to Taiwan's flourishing democracy has been one of my proudest moments… Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Luego de que Militares Rusos Aterrizaran en Caracas, Menéndez Solicita Determinación Sobre Posible Sanciones Rusas para Venezuela, Cuba y Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, hoy envió una carta al Secretario de Estado Mike Pompeo, urgiéndole determinar si los gobiernos de Venezuela, Cuba y Nicaragua deben enfrentar sanciones establecidas por la ley para Contrarrestar Adversarios de América a través de Sanciones (CAATSA, por sus siglas en inglés) por llevar a cabo transacciones sustanciales co… Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

As Russian Troops Land in Caracas, Menendez Pushes Review of Potential Russia Sanctions Violations in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to determine if the governments of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua should face mandatory U.S. sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for conducting significant transactions with the Russian defense and intelligence sectors. With Russian planes and troops landing in Caracas, Venezuela over the w… Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

**VIDEO RELEASE** Menendez Delivers Keynote Remarks at AIPAC Conference

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this morning delivered the concluding remarks at the closing plenary session of the 2019 AIPAC Policy Conference. Below are the Senator's remarks as delivered: "Good morning, and thank you AIPAC! As always, I'm thrilled to address this conference - especially the hundreds of New Jerseyans who are here today, including my dear friend, a tenacious leader and a real mensch, AIPAC Presiden… Continue Reading

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