Chairman's Press

May 16, 2013

Menendez Speaks out on Benghazi: “We Have Fully Vetted this Issue”

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, spoke on the Senate Floor today, taking issue with characterizations that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and others have not sufficiently investigated the tragedy in Benghazi. The statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: "I rise as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, outraged at the implication that we - in the Senate -- have not done enough to investigate what happened in Bengh… Continue Reading


May 15, 2013

Remarks by Chairman Robert Menendez as Prepared for Delivery at the Bretton Woods Conference

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today spoke at the Bretton Woods Conference, titled "Ending Poverty in a Generation." This was Sen. Menendez's first speech before the Bretton Woods Conference as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Click here to watch the Senator's speech. The Senator's remarks as prepared for delivery are below: Thank you very much. To The Bretton Woods Committee Co-Chairs: James Wolfensohn and William Frenzel, and the members of the Com… Continue Reading


May 15, 2013

Menendez, Corker Introduce Syria Transition Support Act

Bill Provides for Lethal Weapons to Vetted Syrian Opposition, Sanctions Weapon Sales and Petroleum Sales to the Assad Regime, While Delivering Humanitarian Assistance and Planning for a Post-Assad Syria WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN) today introduced the Syria Transition Support Act, bipartisan legislation that plans for a post-Assad Syria by offering humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people, lim… Continue Reading


May 15, 2013

Chairman Menendez Opening Statement at Hearing, “U.S. Policy Toward Iran”

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's hearing, "U.S. Policy Toward Iran." The remarks follow: "Today we are here to take a close look at -- and discuss U.S. policy toward -- Iran. Iran's provocative actions threaten not just regional stability, but pose an existential threat to our ally Israel, and are a threat to U.S. national security. Iran continues to export ter… Continue Reading


May 14, 2013

Menendez Legislation Reforming OAS and Assisting Taiwan to Obtain Observer Status at International Civil Aviation Organizational Assembly Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Two bipartisan bills introduced by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and two ambassadorial nominations to Libya and Chad cleared the committee today and will now proceed to the full Senate for approval. Menendez introduced the Organization of American States (OAS) Revitalization and Reform Act of 2013 along with Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN), and committee members Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). The legislation … Continue Reading


May 13, 2013

Menendez: “Never Before in Pakistan’s History has a Parliamentary Election Resulted in a True Democratic Transition.”

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote an op-ed below titled "Pakistan vote the first step on a long road," published on CNN.com. The op-ed appears below: Pakistan vote the first step on a long road By Robert Menendez, Special to CNN Updated 7:34 AM EDT, Mon May 13, 2013 (CNN) - "Never before in Pakistan's history has a parliamentary election resulted in a true democratic transition. Despite militant threats and attacks t… Continue Reading


May 11, 2013

Menendez Statement on Sentencing of Former Guatemalan Dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to the sentencing of former Guatemalan dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt for genocide and crimes against humanity. "Yesterday's verdict was a hard fought victory for human rights defenders in Guatemala who showed their resolute commitment to upholding truth, justice and the rule of law. This sentence is a marked achievement for vi… Continue Reading


May 09, 2013

Menendez Identifies Vital U.S. Interests at Stake in Syria, Calls for Providing Lethal Arms to Vetted Syrian Opposition

Menendez Speaks on Senate Floor about National Security Issues in Syria and in Support of his Legislation, the Syria Stabilization Act of 2013 WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, outlined the vital U.S. interests at stake in Syria while speaking on the Senate Floor today in support of tipping the balance in the Syrian civil war in favor of vetted armed rebel groups seeking to overthrow the Assad regime. Menendez described the u… Continue Reading


May 08, 2013

Menendez Welcomes South Korean President Park to Congress

Menendez: "As we face continued challenges from North Korea, it is essential that the United States and Republic of Korea work closely together, placing an enhanced alliance and bilateral cooperation at the heart of our policy." WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, welcomed Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye to Congress today and released the following statement: "I am pleased to welcome President Park to Congress. Her… Continue Reading


May 07, 2013

Remarks by Chairman Robert Menendez as Prepared for Delivery for the Nominations of Ambassadors to Libya and Chad

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke at the confirmation hearings for the ambassadorial nominees to Chad and Libya. The Senator's remarks as prepared for delivery are below: Today we are pleased to welcome two nominees as ambassador to Libya and Chad, two difficult and important assignments. The Maghreb and Sahel regions are of increasing strategic significance for the United States, and I look forward to hearing… Continue Reading


May 06, 2013

Chairman Menendez Introduces Syria Stabilization Act of 2013

Menendez: "The Assad regime has crossed a red line that forces us to consider all options. The greatest humanitarian crisis in the world is unfolding in and around Syria, and the U.S. must play a role in tipping the scales toward opposition groups and working to build a free Syria." WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced today the Syria Stabilization Act of 2013, legislation that plans for a post-Assad Syria by providing… Continue Reading


May 03, 2013

Menendez Recognizes World Press Freedom Day

Menendez: "Press freedom is the hallmark of an open society and on this World Press Freedom Day, we in the United States and in nations throughout the world must ensure the protection of these rights that promote democracy and good governance." WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, marked World Press Freedom Day by recognizing that a free press is essential to free and open societies. "Press freedom is the hallmark of an open soc… Continue Reading


April 25, 2013

Chairman Menendez Commemorates 98th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stood in solidarity with the Armenian community on Wednesday commemorating the 98th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. "We commemorate the 98th anniversary of one of the darkest events in human history," said Menendez. "We will not forget, we cannot ever forget. To me, genocide is genocide and I continue to support a resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide and to use the lessons of what … Continue Reading


April 25, 2013

Statement by Chairman Robert Menendez Regarding Developments in Syria

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement concerning recent developments in Syria. The statement follows: "The situation in Syria is clearly deteriorating. The Assad regime has crossed a red line by using chemical weapons, which forces us to consider all options as to how we act to influence the balance of the conflict. Among these options would be the enforcement of an internationally-recognized no-fly zone,… Continue Reading


April 24, 2013

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Organization of American States Revitalization and Reform Act of 2013

Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member Corker (R-TN), and Committee Members Udall (D-NM), Rubio (R-FL) Introduce S.793, Legislation Requiring OAS Reforms to Ensure the Organization's Effectiveness WASHINGTON, DC - A bipartisan group of senators introduced the Organization of American States (OAS) Revitalization and Reform Act of 2013. This legislation urges the implementation of certain management reforms at the OAS and requires the Secretary of State to identify a… Continue Reading


April 17, 2013

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Unanimously Passes Resolution Supporting Full Implementation of Iran Sanctions and Reaffirming Support for Israel’s Right to Self-Defense

WASHINGTON, DC - In light of growing concerns about the timetable in which Iran could develop nuclear weapons capability and with the collapse of the P-5+1 talks with Iran, the Foreign Relations Committee today unanimously passed S. Res. 65, co-authored by Chairman Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) reiterating the danger posed by a nuclear Iran to the United States and its allies and reaffirming the United States' support for Israel's right to self-defense. "This important resol… Continue Reading


April 15, 2013

CHAIRMAN MENENDEZ STATEMENT ON VENEZUELAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the Venezuelan presidential elections: "I urge the Venezuelan electoral body to conduct a full audit and recount of ballots of yesterday's presidential elections," said Chairman Menendez. "An audit and full recount, actions also supported by the OAS, will ensure the Venezuelan people have the greatest possible confidence in a reported outcome. I believe… Continue Reading


April 12, 2013

Chairman Menendez Comments on Magnitsky List

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, today commented on the Treasury Department's release of a list of individuals it has determined to be in violation of human rights in Russia as required by the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act enacted last December. "Sergei Magnitsky was just a lawyer doing his job," said Chairman Menendez. "His efforts to unmask massive corruption led to his death. The eighteen names on the Ma… Continue Reading


April 10, 2013

Senators Meet with Rosa Maria Paya, Discuss Democracy in Cuba

Senators Renew Call for Investigation into Death of Payá's Father, Oswaldo, A Political Reformer Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan group of Senators met with Rosa Maria Payá, the daughter of Cuban political reformer Oswaldo Payá, in the U.S. Capitol today, to discuss democratic reforms in Cuba and to reiterate their call for an investigation into Mr. Payá's troubling death last year in which he, and youth activist Harold Cepero, were killed in a suspicious car acciden… Continue Reading


April 09, 2013

Chairman Menendez's Statement in Observance of Yom Hashoah

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in observance of Yom Hashoah. "On this day, Yom Hashoah, all freedom loving people throughout the world fulfill the promise to never forget the more than six million Jews who were lost in the systemic cruelty of the Holocaust. And today, we also recall the brave valor of the Jews who resisted Nazi oppression in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising 70 years ago on the Hebrew cal… Continue Reading

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