Chairman's Press

June 08, 2018

Menendez Cautions Sec. Pompeo on Quality of State Department Nominees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to say he expects the Trump administration to pay more attention in selecting nominees for ambassadorial and leadership posts within the State Department. The Senator's letter follows comments from the Secretary of State about his plans to move a robust package of nominations through the Senate and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell… Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Following Breitbart Interview, Menendez Calls for IG Investigation of US Ambassador to Germany

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called on the State Department's Inspector General to open up an investigation into U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell following recent public comments he made injecting conservative politics into American foreign policy. On June 3, 2018, right-wing website Breitbart posted an article quoting Ambassador Grennel expressing support for promoting "conservative issues" and his … Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

Menendez, Rubio Lead Bipartisan Call for Pres. Trump to Nominate Someone for Top Diplomatic Post on Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) led a bipartisan group of 15 Senators in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to nominate a properly qualified candidate for Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL). In their letter, the Senators laid out the qualifications necessary for such a nominee, specifically noting the need for "a skillset and background that w… Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

Menendez Blasts DHS for Denying Congressional Oversight at Processing Center for Immigrant Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter demanding the Trump Administration clarify why staff members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee were prevented from touring a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) immigrant processing facility during a Congressional staff delegation visit to the San Diego-Tijuana border this past weekend. "The public has a right to know what's happening at the border and how … Continue Reading


June 04, 2018

In New Letter To President Trump, Top Senate Democrats Outline Conditions For Any Deal With North Korea -- Dems Say Sanctions Relief Should Be Contingent On Complete Denuclearization, Destruction Of Test Sites, End Of Ballistic Missile Tests & More

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of the expected summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss North Korea's nuclear weapons program, top Senate Democrats today sent a new letter to President Trump outlining Congressional Democrats' conditions for lifting sanctions as part of any deal with North Korea. The new letter -- signed by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Assistant Senate Democratic Leader and S… Continue Reading


May 26, 2018

Menendez Blasts White House for Polarizing Political Pick as Head of U.S. Foreign Aid Agency

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced it would replace the Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC) Acting Chief Executive Officer, John Nash, a career civil servant, with Robert Blau, President Trump's appointed Vice President for the Department of Compact Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Menendez has led the charge in Congress in raisi… Continue Reading


May 25, 2018

Menendez Urges Secretary Ross to Enforce ZTE Sanctions Independent of Political Pressure; Demands Answers from Trump Org on Chinese Government Financing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, warning him of the danger of bargaining away enforcement matters for short-term trade gains, and urging that any enforcement decision be made independent of political pressure from the White House. Ranking Member Menendez also sent a separate letter to the Trump Organization requesting information regarding the recent announcement th… Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Menendez Introduces Legislation to Lift U.S. Arms Embargo on Cyprus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced the End the Cyprus Embargo Act, legislation to repeal the U.S. arms embargo on Cyprus. United States policy since 1987 has been to deny licenses on transfer of articles on the United States Munitions List to the Republic of Cyprus. "Cyprus has proven itself a reliable ally and strategic partner to the United States, including in counterterrorism and nonproliferation effort… Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Menendez Reacts to Pres. Trump’s Cancellation of Nuclear Summit with North Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to President Trump's cancellation of the June 12th nuclear summit with North Korea. "The art of diplomacy is much harder than the art of the deal. The Trump administration should not be shocked that the Kim regime is acting as they always have. Understanding the nature of clear-eyed diplomacy and deep preparations are paramount before agreeing t… Continue Reading


May 22, 2018

Following Deadly Niger Ambush, Menendez Raises Questions on Legal Authorities for Military Mission

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today raised a series of questions about the deadly ambush in Niger in October of last year that lead to the killing of four U.S. soldiers by ISIS. In a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Menendez inquired about U.S. policy objectives and legal authorities for military operations in Niger citing a Pentagon report released last week that outlined the individual, organizati… Continue Reading


May 21, 2018

Menendez Calls Presidential Elections in Venezuela a “Shameful Mockery of Democracy”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the presidential election in Venezuela. "The election in Venezuela this weekend was a shameful mockery of democracy. Nicolas Maduro's blatant effort to consolidate a dictatorship will perpetuate the depraved policies that have turned Venezuela into a failed state and should be of concern to those who seek an enduring, peaceful solution to this crisi… Continue Reading


May 18, 2018

Menendez, Warner, Brown Request Multiagency Review on Russia Sanctions Implementation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mark Warner (D-Va.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio.), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, today requested three separate Inspector Generals open up probes into the Trump Administration's failure to fully impose legally mandated sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). In a let… Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Menendez, Rubio, Nelson, Cruz Introduce Resolution Honoring Ladies in White for 2018 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today introduced a resolution honoring the Cuban dissident group Las Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) for receiving the Cato Institute's 2018 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty. The dissident group, which routinely faces brutal beatings and imprisonment from the Cuban regime, peacefully gathers and marches in whit… Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Menendez Opening Statement at Hearing Examining Proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's hearing "Authorizing the Use of Military Force (AUMF): S.J. Res. 59": "Thank you to both of our witnesses for being here today. I thank Senator Corker for accommodating my and other Members' requests for such a hearing. And I look forward to pressing Secretary of State Pompeo on these issues next week. "And let me … Continue Reading


May 15, 2018

Menendez and Durbin Call for Free and Fair Election in Venezuela

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee and U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), today warned the Maduro regime in Venezuela that its upcoming snap election would be considered illegitimate if it failed to meet basic established standards, and called for free and fair election for the Venezuelan people. "The Venezuelan government under President Maduro has taken a series of repressive and undemocratic actions that threatens its o… Continue Reading


May 14, 2018

Menendez on Opening of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement on the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. "The opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem is grounded in the conviction that the United States should recognize the historical Jewish connection to Jerusalem. Over two decades ago, U.S. law established the location of the U.S. Embassy in Israel, a law that I voted for. This move was never a matter of… Continue Reading


May 11, 2018

Menendez Questions President Trump’s Conflicts of Interests in Panama

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today raised concerns about the Trump Organization's effort to convince the Panamanian government to improperly intervene on its behalf in a commercial dispute. In four separate letters to President Donald Trump, the U.S. Embassy in Panama, the Trump Organization, and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Menendez seeks assurances and clarification on whether the Trump Administration or U.S. e… Continue Reading


May 10, 2018

Menendez on the Release of Americans Imprisoned by North Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that three American prisoners were released from North Korea during a trip by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "The release of the three American's being held hostage by Pyongyang is great news and I join their families in this moment of profound relief. I commend Secretary Pompeo, and look forward to discussing… Continue Reading


May 09, 2018

Menendez Calls for Independent Investigation of State Department Decision to Terminate TPS for Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti -- Ignoring Warnings and Jeopardizing National Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called on the Government Accounting Office (GAO) to investigate the decision-making process which led the State Department to recommend terminating Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Honduras, El Salvador and Haiti, despite warnings by senior U.S. diplomats and other experts that such an action could jeopardize national security, threaten the safety of TPS beneficiaries and their U.S. ci… Continue Reading


May 08, 2018

Menendez Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). "With this decision President Trump is risking U.S. national security, recklessly upending foundational partnerships with key U.S. allies in Europe and gambling with Israel's security. Today's withdrawal from the JCPOA makes it more likely Iran wil… Continue Reading

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104
Showing page   of 104