Chairman's Press

June 16, 2021

Menendez Delivers Floor Remarks Calling for Accountability for the Pan American Health Organization’s Role in Facilitating Human Trafficking of Cuban Doctors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today took to the Senate Floor to raise concerns about the Biden administration's decision to file an amicus brief in the case of Ramona Matos Rodriguez, et al., v. Pan American Health Organization, which involves serious allegations that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) facilitated human trafficking. "The Pan American Health Organization's participation in the Cuban dictators… Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Menendez, Kaine, Young Announce Foreign Relations Committee Will Vote to Repeal 1991 and 2002 AUMFs

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) was joined by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) in issuing the following statements to announce the Committee will take up their bipartisan legislation to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Iraq Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs) at the next business meeting scheduled for June 22, 2021: "The decision to authorize the use of military force is the most important vote that any Member of Congress ca… Continue Reading


June 15, 2021

***ICYMI*** SFRC Chairman Menendez Discusses Expectations for the Biden-Putin Summit, U.S. Policy toward China, Other Foreign Policy News of the Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today went on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Meet the Press Daily with Chuck Todd, and CNN Newsroom with Ana Cabrera to discuss President Joe Biden's trip to meet with United States' G7 and NATO allies, his expectations for the Biden-Putin Summit, U.S. policy toward China, and other foreign policy news of the day. On his expectations and hopes for President Biden's summit with Putin: "We want a … Continue Reading


June 15, 2021

Chairman Menendez Delivers Opening Remarks at Committee Nominations Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following opening remarks at this morning's Committee hearing on the nominations of the Honorable Todd D. Robinson to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs), Mr. Brett M. Holmgren to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Intelligence and Research), and the Honorable Daniel J. Kritenbrink to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Eas… Continue Reading


June 14, 2021

Mientras Crisis Política en Nicaragua se Agrava, Menéndez y Rubio Instan a la Administración Biden a Subir Presión Sobre Régimen de Ortega

WASHINGTON - Los Senadores Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, y Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental, hoy instaron a la Administración Biden a utilizar todas las herramientas diplomáticas disponibles para enfrentar al régimen de Ortega y sus tácticas, que cada día son más autoritarias y opresivas, para consolidar el poder y s… Continue Reading


June 14, 2021

As Political Crisis in Nicaragua Spirals, Menendez and Rubio Call for Biden Admin To Increase Pressure on Ortega Regime

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, today called on the Biden Administration to make use of all available diplomatic tools to confront the Ortega regime's increasingly authoritarian and oppressive tactics to secure power and undermine fundamental rights in Nicaragua. Citing the recent wave of arrests of opposition leaders, business sector … Continue Reading


June 11, 2021

Menéndez, Rubio, Colegas Reintroducen Proyecto de Ley en Apoyo a Mujeres y Niños Centroamericanos

WASHINGTON - Los senadores estadounidenses Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), el Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores, y Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), el Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental, junto a los senadores Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) y Rob Portman (R-Ohio), reintrodujeron la Ley de Protección de Mujeres y Niños de Centroamérica (S. 2003) para abordar la… Continue Reading


June 11, 2021

Menendez, Rubio, Colleagues Reintroduce Bill in Support of Central American Women and Children

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member of the SFRC Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, were joined by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in reintroducing the Central American Women and Children Protection Act (S. 2003) to address the protection and safety of women and children in El Salvador, Hondur… Continue Reading


June 10, 2021

Joint Statement from SFRC Chairman Menendez, G7 and EU Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today met with the Foreign Affairs Committee Chairs of the G7 and EU member states to discuss the upcoming G7 Summit. After the meeting, the lawmakers issued the following joint statement: "This year's G7 summit comes at a pivotal moment for the world. We, the G7 Foreign Affairs Committee Chairs of the United States of America, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the E… Continue Reading


June 09, 2021

Chairman Menendez Delivers Floor Remarks on U.S.-Russia Relations Ahead of Biden-Putin Summit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today took to the Senate Floor to deliver remarks on the state of U.S.-Russia relations and the need to respond to the Kremlin's continued aggressions. The Chairman's speech came in advance of next week's summit in Geneva at which President Joe Biden will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I appreciate the Biden administration's desire for a stable and predictable relationship with Rus… Continue Reading


June 09, 2021

Menendez, Rubio Introduce U.S.-Greece Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act of 2021

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in introducing new legislation to bolster the United States' defense partnership with Greece. Entitled the U.S.-Greece Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act of 2021, the bipartisan legislation bolsters support for Greek military modernization, authorizing new transfers of American military equipment, and fostering increased multilateral en… Continue Reading


June 09, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Hearing on U.S. Policy toward Belarus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following opening remarks at this morning's full Committee hearing on United States policy toward Belarus. Testifying before the Committee were the Honorable Julie Fisher, United States Ambassador-Designate to the Republic of Belarus, U.S. Department of State; Ms. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Leader of the Democratic Opposition in Belarus; and Mr. Jamie Fly, President and CEO of … Continue Reading


June 08, 2021

Chairman Menendez Statement on Senate Approval of China Legislative Package

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), issued the following statement after the Senate voted to approve a comprehensive legislative package to mobilize all of the United States' strategic, economic, and diplomatic tools to compete effectively with China and confront Beijing's challenges to our national and economic security. Entitled the U.S Innovation and Competition Act of 2021, the bipartisan legislation brings together the Strategic Competition Act o… Continue Reading


June 08, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at SFRC Committee Hearing with Secretary of State Blinken

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 to review the Fiscal Year 2022 State Department Budget Request. Testifying before the Committee was Secretary of State Antony Blinken. "For the international community to work for Americans, for fundamental universal values of human rights, democracy, and equitable prosperity, the United States must invest i… Continue Reading


June 07, 2021

Menendez, Risch, Meeks, McCaul Join Biden Administration Push to Restore Cross-border Aid Deliveries in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representatives Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today joined to reaffirm their support for the Biden Administration's push to restore life-saving humanitarian assistance to millions of innocent Syrians by facilitating its delivery to those outside areas the murd… Continue Reading


June 04, 2021

As VP Travels to Mexico and Central America, Leading Senate Democrats Boost Diplomatic Efforts to Address Causes of Irregular Migration, Foster Stability in Central America

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of 18 of his Senate colleagues in voicing their support for Vice President Kamala Harris' leadership of the Biden administration's diplomatic efforts to address and mitigate the underlying factors driving Central American migration to the United States. Sent in advance of Vice President Harris' upcoming visit to Mexico and Guatemala, the senators' letter reiterates their call fo… Continue Reading


June 04, 2021

En Vísperas del Viaje de la Vicepresidente a México y Centroamérica, Demócratas en el Senado Alientan Esfuerzos Diplomáticos para Abordar las Causas de la Migración Irregular y Promover Estabilidad en Centroamérica

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of 18 of his Senate colleagues in voicing their support for Vice President Kamala Harris' leadership of the Biden administration's diplomatic efforts to address and mitigate the underlying factors driving Central American migration to the United States. Sent in advance of Vice President Harris' upcoming visit to Mexico and Guatemala, the senators' letter reiterates their call fo… Continue Reading


June 03, 2021

Menendez, Graham Op-Ed: The way forward on containing Iran’s nuclear ambitions

WASHINGTON - As indirect talks in Vienna between the U.S. and Iran continue, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), today published an op-ed for the Washington Post laying out the case for a broader, bipartisan and comprehensive diplomatic approach to contain Iran's nuclear ambitions and curb its regional aggressions. "We believe there is a way to achieve a compromise that will find support among the countries of the region… Continue Reading


May 27, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Hearing on U.S. Strategy and Policy Response to Crisis in Ethiopia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks at this morning's full Committee hearing on the United States' strategy and policy response to ongoing crisis in Ethiopia. Testifying before the Committee were the Honorable Robert F. Godec, Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and Ms. Sarah Charles, Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Humanitarian… Continue Reading


May 26, 2021

***ICYMI*** Chairmen Menendez and Meeks Pen Op-Ed: On Ethiopia, the U.S. Must Show Resolve

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today wrote a joint op-ed titled, "Ethiopia: The Biden administration must put its foot down" which was published in The Africa Report. The op-ed appears below: The Africa Reports - Ethiopia: The Biden administration must put its foot down By: Senator Bob Menendez and Congressman Gregory Meeks Wedne… Continue Reading

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