Chairman's Press

March 14, 2013

Chairman Menendez Pushes for Taiwan to Obtain Observer Status at the ICAO

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a bill today that would advance efforts for Taiwan to obtain observer status at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly. The bill, an identical version of which was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, directs the Secretary of State to develop and implement a plan to obtain ICAO … Continue Reading


March 13, 2013

Chairman Menendez's Statement in Reaction to the Election of Pope Francis I

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in reaction to the election of Pope Francis I: "A new leader has emerged onto the world stage with the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope Francis I. It is a significant day for the people of the world, as well as for the people of the Roman Catholic Church. The church has decided to break with centuries of tradition in choosing it… Continue Reading


March 07, 2013

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at SFRC Hearing on U.S. Policy Toward North Korea

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, is currently presiding over a full committee hearing on U.S. policy toward North Korea. In light of the recent North Korean nuclear and missile tests, the hearing is intended to provide a broad-based examination of current U.S. policy towards North Korea; to explore what is working and what isn't - and why; and to offer insights that lead to better policy. The Senator's opening remarks as prepared … Continue Reading


March 05, 2013

Chairman Robert Menendez on the Death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the death of Hugo Chavez: "Hugo Chavez ruled Venezuela with an iron hand and his passing has left a political void that we hope will be filled peacefully and through a constitutional and democratic process, grounded in the Venezuelan constitution and adhering to the Inter-American Democratic Charter. With free and fair elections, Venezuela can begin to restore … Continue Reading


March 05, 2013

Chairman Menendez Delivers Remarks to AIPAC Policy Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) annual policy conference. The Senator's remarks as prepared for delivery are below: Thank you Lonny Kaplan for your always kind introduction, and for your support and friendship over the years. And thank you to AIPAC for the warm welcome you have always given me every year, at every event I've attended. Thank you.… Continue Reading


March 01, 2013

Chairman Menendez’s Statement on SEIS Regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the State Department's Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline: "Today's release of State Department's Draft Supplemental EIS begins a conversation with all interested parties and provides the opportunity for the public to review the analysis and offer their input. I encourage the State Department to weigh the envir… Continue Reading


February 22, 2013

Chairman Menendez Meets with Pakistani President Zardari on Counter-Terrorism and Bilateral Cooperation

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - As part of a regional tour that began in Afghanistan earlier in the week, Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, visited Pakistan yesterday and today to promote the strengthening of ties between the two countries. During meetings with the President of Pakistan Asif Zardari, Chief of the Army Pervez Ashfaq Kayani, and opposition candidate and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Senator Menendez addressed our mutual interest in counter-t… Continue Reading


February 20, 2013

Chairman Menendez Meets with President Karzai to Discuss Afghanistan's Future

KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Tuesday met with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. In his first trip to Afghanistan as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he also met with new International Security Assistance Forces Commander General Joseph Dunford. In his meeting with President Karzai, Chairman Menendez underscored the expectation that next year's election be tra… Continue Reading


February 05, 2013

Chairman Menendez’s Statement on the Bombing in Bulgaria

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement on the announcement by Bulgarian officials that a comprehensive investigation into the July 18, 2012 terrorist attack on a tour bus in Burgas, Bulgaria has determined that two of the assailants had ties to the military wing of Hezbollah. The attack resulted in the tragic deaths of five Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian driver. "Iran's support for terrorism… Continue Reading


January 30, 2013

Senator John Kerry Delivers Senate Farewell Floor Address

Washington, DC - Senator John Kerry today spoke on the floor of the United States Senate for the last time as the Senator from Massachusetts to thank his colleagues, staff, and constituents for their support and friendship over the past 29 years, and talk candidly about the importance of the Senate functioning effectively. "If democracy deadlocks here, we raise doubts about democracy everywhere. If we do not in our deeds prove our own ideals, we undermine our security and the sacred mission as … Continue Reading


January 29, 2013

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Nomination of John Kerry for Secretary of State

Washington, DC - At a business meeting led by Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) this morning, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved by voice vote the nomination of Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to the post of Secretary of State. Following their approval of Sen. Kerry's nomination, committee members presented Kerry with a committee resolution honoring his service as its chairman. The full text of the resolution is below: 113th CONGRESS1st SESSIONS. RES. 551 Committee on Foreign Relati… Continue Reading


January 24, 2013

Senator John Kerry’s Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing to be U.S. Secretary of State

Washington, DC - This morning, Senator John Kerry made the following statement at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to consider his nomination to be United States Secretary of State. Current United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced Senator Kerry to the Committee. "Global leadership is a strategic imperative for America, not a favor we do for other countries. It amplifies our voice, it extends ou… Continue Reading


December 21, 2012

Senate Passes Kerry-Isakson Legislation to Help Bring War Criminals Like Joseph Kony to Justice

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate last night passed bipartisan legislation to expand and modernize the State Department Rewards Program to combat war crimes and transnational organized crime. S.2318, sponsored by Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.), along with other members, would provide the government with more tools to help bring to justice those accused of committing mass atrocities-such as the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) lea… Continue Reading


December 20, 2012

Benghazi: Lessons Learned Opening Statement by Chairman John Kerry

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) delivered the following statement at a hearing this morning following the release of the independent Accountability Review Board report earlier this week. "Clearly mistakes were made and we learned of those yesterday in very stark terms about the mistakes leading up to the attack. The report makes that very clear and one of the most candid and important observations was the failure by certain leaders to see the … Continue Reading


December 13, 2012

Kerry Statement on Today’s Announcement by Ambassador Rice

"I've known and worked closely with Susan Rice not just at the UN, but in my own campaign for President. I've defended her publicly and wouldn't hesitate to do so again because I know her character and I know her commitment. She's an extraordinarily capable and dedicated public servant. Today's announcement doesn't change any of that. We should all be grateful that she will continue to serve and contribute at the highest level. As someone who has weathered my share of political attacks and under… Continue Reading


December 12, 2012

Chairman Kerry on North Korea’s Rocket Launch

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, today released a statement following the announcement that North Korea had launched a rocket with an attached satellite. "It's 'Groundhog Day' once again with another provocative and destabilizing act in direct violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions. It will only succeed in further isolating an already isolated North Korea, and the United States, our allies, and our partners will take approp… Continue Reading


December 11, 2012

Kerry: Ambassador Lyman Will Be Sorely Missed

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, today released a statement following the announcement of Ambassador Princeton Lyman's resignation as the president's special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan. In the events leading up to the 2011 referendum and subsequent independence of South Sudan, Senator Kerry and Ambassador Lyman worked closely together to ensure relative calm for the transition: "Ambassador Lyman of all people deserves a rest after such … Continue Reading


December 06, 2012

Kerry: Russian Trade Means Opportunities for Massachusetts Businesses

WASHINGTON - Following the Senate's approval by a vote of 92-4 of a measure to normalize trade relations with Russia and remove prohibitive, antiquated trade barriers today, Senator John Kerry pointed towards new export opportunities for businesses in Massachusetts. In July, Kerry joined Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus in submitting an op-ed to POLITICO in which they argued for improved trade relations with Russia: "[W]e know that if U.S. workers and businesses are 'first to market'… Continue Reading


December 04, 2012

Kerry: Failure to Pass Disabilities Treaty is Evidence of a Broken Senate

Washington, DC - Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement today after Senate Republicans voted down the "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities," an international agreement for protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities, by a vote of 61 to 38. The Treaty required 66 votes to pass or two-thirds of the Senators who were present. "This is one of the saddest days I've seen in almost 28 years in the S… Continue Reading


December 04, 2012

Senator Kerry: Objections to Disabilities Treaty don't stand up to scutiny

Today's the vote that will decide the Disabilities Treaty. We're just a few short hours away. I was up late last night getting ready for the final floor debate, and I searched Twitter to see what folks were saying.There's obviously a lot of good and needed activism happening, and that's gratifying. But there's also a lot of misinformation being spread to defeat the Treaty -- and that's the nature of democracy -- we should debate the issues fully and rigorously -- and yes -- loudly. An… Continue Reading

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