Chairman's Press

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


May 04, 2018

Menendez, Durbin, Leahy Raise Concerns over Allegations of Ukraine’s Hampered Cooperation with Special Counsel Mueller

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) today sent a letter to Ukraine's Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko expressing concerns over allegations that he impeded cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in order to not draw the ire of President Trump. The Senators letter follows a report by the New York Times that quotes Ukrainian government officials assertin… Continue Reading


May 03, 2018

Menendez Statement on World Press Freedom Day

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in honor of World Press Freedom Day. "Freedom of the press is a fundamental human right, foundational pillar of democracy, and an indispensable check on authoritarian overreach. Today, press freedom and the safety of journalists are under threat across the globe- including in the United States. As they fight to advance truth and objectivity, far too many government… Continue Reading


May 01, 2018

Menendez Statement on Church Attack in Central African Republic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to reports of an attack on a church in Bangui. Media reports indicate over a dozen people dead, including a priest, and at least 100 people wounded. "The alarming outbreak of violence in the Central African Republic including the ruthless attack on a church during mass today is the latest instance of the deteriorating security situation that thre… Continue Reading


May 01, 2018

Menendez Leads Democrats in Urging Secretary Pompeo Improve Refugee Admissions as Key Foreign Policy Priority

WASHINGTON - US Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of 12 Democratic senators in raising a series of concerns about the Trump Administration's refugee admissions policy, particularly the recent appointment of Andrew Veprek to be a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). A known refugee and immigration skeptic, Veprek is a close associate of President Trump's senior adviser for po… Continue Reading


April 26, 2018

Menendez on Opposition to Richard Grenell’s Nomination to be Ambassador to Germany

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senator Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below remarks on the Senate Floor on his vote against the nomination of Richard Grenell to become U.S. Ambassador to Germany. WATCH FULL SPEECH HERE His speech, as prepared for delivery, follows: "M. President, we are considering today the nomination of Richard Grenell to be our Ambassador to Germany. I opposed Mr. Grenell's nomination in committee and I will again o… Continue Reading


April 25, 2018

Menendez Outlines Opposition to Pompeo Nomination in Floor Remarks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate Floor on CIA Director Mike Pompeo's nomination to be Secretary of State. CLICK TO WATCH Below are Senator Menendez's full remarks as prepared for delivery: M. President, I rise today to express my opposition to Mike Pompeo serving as this nation's top diplomat. As I said earlier this week in committee, I am genuinely disappointed to be cast… Continue Reading

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