Chairman's Press

March 08, 2022

Menendez Calls on State Department Regional Assistant Secretaries to Report on U.S. Diplomatic Strategy to Counter Russian Influence, Aggression Around the World

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a series of oversight letters to five regional Assistant Secretaries of State to request specific details about the State Department's diplomatic strategies to counter Russian influence and aggression, including how they are working to ensure that countries around the world are imposing and enforcing sanctions on the Putin regime and the Russian economy. In his letters to the Assist… Continue Reading


March 08, 2022

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Hearing on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following opening remarks at this afternoon's full Committee hearing entitled "Russia's Invasion of Ukraine: Assessing the U.S. and International Response." Testifying before the Committee was the Honorable Victoria Nuland, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, who also testified before the Committee yesterday evening at a closed briefing on the same topic. … Continue Reading


March 08, 2022

Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Risch Lead Bipartisan Group of Senators in Calling for United States to Prioritize Democracy, Human Rights at ASEAN Summit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led seven of their Senate colleagues in writing a letter to President Joe Biden calling for democracy, good governance, and human rights to be top priorities for the upcoming US-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Leaders Summit. In light of recent trends toward democratic backsliding in Southeast … Continue Reading


March 08, 2022

Chairman Menendez Statement on International Women’s Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in observance of International Women's Day: "This International Women's Day, the immense strength, resilience, and heroism of women and girls are on full display. Taking up arms to defend their homeland and deliver families to safety in Ukraine, speaking truth to power and championing basic human rights at great personal risk in Afghanistan, and leading the… Continue Reading


March 07, 2022

Declaraciones del Senador Menéndez Sobre Negociaciones de la Administración Biden con el Régimen de Maduro

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, emitió las siguientes declaraciones en respuesta a informes indicando que una delegación de altos funcionarios de la Administración Biden se reunió con el régimen de Maduro para discutir la liberación de estadounidenses arbitrariamente e injustamente encarcelados y para explorar la posible compra de petróleo venezolano: "Si son … Continue Reading


March 07, 2022

Chairman Menendez Statement on Biden Administration Talks with the Maduro Regime

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to reports that a delegation of senior Biden administration officials met with the Maduro regime to discuss the release of arbitrarily imprisoned Americans and the potential purchase of Venezuelan oil: "If the reports are true that the Biden administration is brokering the purchase of Venezuelan oil, I fear that it risks perpetuating a humanitarian cri… Continue Reading


March 07, 2022

SFRC Chairman Menendez Presses Biden Administration to Facilitate European Allies’ Transfer of Warplanes to Ukraine

NEW JERSEY - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today is calling on the Biden administration to take whatever steps it deems necessary to expedite and support the immediate transfer of fighter aircraft from NATO and Eastern European countries to the government of Ukraine. The request follows a personal and sobering plea on Saturday from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to U.S. lawmakers requesting Soviet-era fighter jets that the Ukrain… Continue Reading


March 04, 2022

Declaraciones de Menéndez Sobre Decisión de la Administración Biden de Otorgar TPS a Ucranianos en EEUU

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, emitió las siguientes declaraciones después de que el Secretario de Seguridad Nacional, Alejandro Mayorkas, anunciara que la Administración Biden otorgará un estatus de protección temporal (TPS, por sus siglas en inglés) a ciudadanos ucranianos en los Estados Unidos: "Después de una semana de la guerra ilegal y despiadada de Vla… Continue Reading


March 03, 2022

Chairman Menendez on Biden Administration’s Decision to Grant Temporary Deportation Relief to Ukrainians in U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced the Biden administration will provide Temporary Protected Status to Ukrainians in the United States: "After a week of Vladimir Putin's illegal and ruthless war against the people of Ukraine, I am heartened that Biden administration is heeding our calls to designate Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status… Continue Reading


March 03, 2022

As Putin Cracks Down on Free Press, Senators Menendez, Blackburn Unveil Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Internet Freedom

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) in unveiling the Internet Freedom and Operations (INFO) Act of 2022, new bipartisan legislation to bolster the U.S. government's ability to combat authoritarian and repressive governments using Internet access as a means of suppressing information sharing and communications among everyday people, civil society organizations, and journalists. … Continue Reading


March 03, 2022

Joint Statement from Senators Menendez, Sullivan, Whitehouse on the UN Environment Assembly’s Establishment of Committee to Tackle Global Plastic Pollution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), the three lead sponsors of the enacted Save Our Seas (SOS) 2.0 Act, issued the following joint statement on the United Nations Environment Assembly's approval of formal negotiations on a new international agreement to combat plastic pollution: "The approval of negotiations for a new international treaty on plastic polluti… Continue Reading


March 03, 2022

Chairman Menendez Outlines Additional Steps for U.S. to Maximize Sanctions Against Russia and Belarus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today is calling on the Biden administration to bolster and ratchet up its unprecedented pressure campaign to hold Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, and his lackey Aleksandr Lukashenko in Belarus, accountable for Putin's unprovoked, illegal war against Ukraine. In a new letter to Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Chairman Menendez outlined a series of ne… Continue Reading


March 02, 2022

In Wake of New GAO Report, SFRC Chairman Menendez Calls for Increased Oversight of U.S. Assistance to Azerbaijan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the below statement following the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) publication of a new report that found that the State Department failed to comply with reporting requirements for reviewing U.S. assistance to the Government of Azerbaijan. Senator Menendez requested the report in June 2020 to review U.S. assistance to Azerbaijan and specifically whether any assistance had … Continue Reading


February 28, 2022

Senators Menendez, Durbin, Portman Lead Letter Urging Biden Administration to Designate Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Co-Chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus; and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Co-Chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, today led 39 Senators in a letter to President Biden urging the Administration to grant Temporary Protec… Continue Reading


February 26, 2022

Declaraciones del Senador Menéndez Sobre Medidas de EE.UU. y Aliados Europeos Para Aislar Aún Más el Sistema Financiero Ruso y Proporcionar Asistencia de Seguridad Adicional a Ucrania

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado de EEUU, emitió las siguientes declaraciones en reacción al anuncio de los líderes de Estados Unidos, la Comisión Europea, Francia, Alemania, Italia, el Reino Unido y Canadá de una nueva ronda de sanciones para asegurar que Putin rinda cuentas por su guerra ilegítima contra Ucrania: "Es innegable que Vladimir Putin subestimó la r… Continue Reading


February 26, 2022

Chairman Menendez Statement on U.S., European Announcement to Further Isolate Russian Financial System and Provide Additional Security Assistance for Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to an announcement by the leaders of the United States, European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, UK, and Canada of a new round of sanctions to hold Putin to account for his illegitimate war against Ukraine: "Vladimir Putin clearly underestimated the courage and resolve of the Ukrainian people who are mounting a brave and impressive defense, and he h… Continue Reading


February 24, 2022

Declaraciones del Senador Menéndez Sobre la Última Ronda de Sanciones Contra Rusia

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado de EEUU, emitió las siguientes declaraciones después que el Presidente Biden anunciara esta tarde una nueva ronda de sanciones contra Rusia por la guerra ilegal e ilegítima de Putin en Ucrania: "Felicito al Presidente Biden por imponer sanciones adicionales contra los bancos y caciques rusos, así como también nuevos y estrictos controles de la… Continue Reading


February 24, 2022

Chairman Menendez Statement on Latest Round of Russia Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to President Biden's announcement this afternoon of a new round of sanctions in response to Putin's illegal and illegitimate war against Ukraine: "I welcome the President's announcement of additional sanctions on Russian banks and oligarchs as well as new tough export controls. "The sanctions announced today will exact a significant toll on the Russi… Continue Reading


February 24, 2022

Declaraciones del Senador Menéndez Sobre los Ataques de Rusia contra Ucrania

UNION CITY, N.J. - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité De Relaciones Exteriores del Senado de Estados Unidos, emitió esta noche las siguientes declaraciones en reacción a los ataques no provocados de Rusia contra Ucrania: "Esta noche, tengo un nudo en la garganta por el pueblo de Ucrania. A manera que oramos por ellos en este oscuro momento de gran incertidumbre, está claro que la historia demostrará que la decisión de Vladimi… Continue Reading


February 24, 2022

SFRC Chairman Menendez Statement on Russia’s Attack on Ukraine

UNION CITY, N.J. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tonight issued the following statement in reaction to Russia's unprovoked attack on Ukraine: "Tonight, my heart is heavy for the people of Ukraine. As we pray for them in this dark moment of uncertainty, it is clear that history will prove Vladimir Putin's decision to sacrifice the lives of countless Ukrainians and Russians was made out of fear-fear of allowing a neighboring independent, s… Continue Reading

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