Chairman's Press

April 25, 2018

Menendez on the Worsening Humanitarian Crisis in Central African Republic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today submitted the following statement for the Senate record calling on the Trump Administration to devise a strategy to help bring a sustainable peace to the Central African Republic (CAR) following the escalation of violence, and attacks targeting civilians and humanitarian staff in recent months. The full text of the statement is below: "Mr. President, I rise to call attention to w… Continue Reading


April 25, 2018

Menendez, Kaine, Cardin Lead Democrats in Encouraging Trump Administration to Extend Temporary Protected Status for Honduras

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and 22 Democratic Senators today sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan urging them to extend Temporary Protected Status for Honduran Nationals, which is set to expire on July 5, 2018. "Ending TPS for Hondurans would force more than 86,031 individuals to go back to a country with … Continue Reading


April 25, 2018

Menendez, Rubio Call for Investigation of Ortega Regime’s Violent Attacks Against Nicaraguan People, Press

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) urged Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro to work with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to conduct an immediate and comprehensive investigation into the recent violent attacks against civilians and censorship of media outlets in Nicaragua by the Daniel Ortega regime. The full text of the letter is below: Dea… Continue Reading


April 24, 2018

Menendez Statement for the Record on the Fifth Anniversary of the Rana Plaza Tragedy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, submitted the following statement for the Senate record on April 24, the five-year anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The full text of the statement is below: Five years ago today, the Rana Plaza building collapsed in Bangladesh, tragically killing more than 1,100 people and injuring thousands more. Rana Plaza, a bustling multi-story com… Continue Reading


April 23, 2018

Menendez Casts “No” vote on Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo during Senate Foreign Relations Committee Vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke at today's Committee business meeting ahead of the vote for Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State. Below are Senator Menendez's full remarks as prepared for delivery: "Mr. Chairman, let me say a few things about the nominee, but before I do let me just say that Democrats on this committee have worked overwhelmingly with you in moving nominations, in being constructively a part of hear… Continue Reading


April 19, 2018

Menendez Statement for the Record on Cuba’s Undemocratic Leadership Transition

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, submitted the following statement for the Senate record after Cuba's National Assembly replaced Raul Castro with his handpicked successor Miguel Diaz-Canel. M. President. I rise today to address Cuba's undemocratic leadership transition and its implications for the Cuban people and U.S. foreign policy. Today, in a highly scripted process, Cuba's National Assembly replaced Raul C… Continue Reading


April 18, 2018

Menendez Announces Opposition to Pompeo Nomination During Think Tank Speech on Defending American Values at Home and Abroad

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke this morning at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). In outlining the role of Congress in both promoting America's interests abroad and conducting effective oversight of the Trump Administration's impulse-driven foreign policy approach, Menendez announced he would vote against the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State. "During his confirmation heari… Continue Reading


April 17, 2018

Menendez Opening Statement at Hearing Examining U.S. Policy on Yemen

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 on "U.S. Policy on Yemen." "Thank you, Chairman Corker, for convening this important hearing and inviting witnesses from the State and Defense Departments, as well as the U.S. Agency for International Development, to testify. Given our Committee's jurisdiction over the execution of U.S. foreign policy and the S… Continue Reading


April 13, 2018

Menendez Calls on USAID to Explain Alleged Gender Pay

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green to express his concerns over alleged pay inequities at the development agency. "As I know you agree, building a diverse USAID workforce that draws on the talents of all Americans regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, or sexual orientation is critical to mission success,"… Continue Reading


April 13, 2018

Menendez Pens Letter to Mueller Following Pompeo Nomination

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last night sent a letter to Special Counsel Robert Mueller after Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo refused on Thursday to answer any questions about what he discussed with the Special Counsel and whether the President asked him to interfere with then FBI Director Comey's investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia. In his responses to Senator Menendez, Pompeo public… Continue Reading


April 13, 2018

Menendez Leads Democrats in Encouraging Vice President Pence to Adopt an “Americas Together” Policy at the Summit of Americas

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and 13 Democratic Senators sent a letter to Vice President Pence expressing concern about the Administration's policy towards the Western Hemisphere, and urging him to adopt an "Americas together" policy in lieu of the divisive "America First" policy at the 2018 Summit of Americas. Joining Menendez in sending the letter were Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Elizabeth War… Continue Reading


April 13, 2018

Menendez Reacts to Military Airstrikes in Syria

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 ordered the United States to launch strikes on Syria in response to the latest alleged chemical attack on civilians by Bashar al-Assad. "The Assad regime and its backers must be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons. Tonight's announcement of airstrikes in cooperation with the British and French military underscores the… Continue Reading


April 12, 2018

Opening Remarks by Senator Menendez at Pompeo Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following statement at today's hearing on the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery: "Mr. Director, congratulations on your nomination and welcome to your second Senate confirmation hearing. "This Committee considers your nomination after a nearly a year and a half of reckoning with President Trump's erratic … Continue Reading


April 10, 2018

Menendez Statement on Trump Canceling Plans to Attend Summit of the Americas

WASHINGTON-Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump announced he was canceling his plans to attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru. "The President's decision not to attend the Summit of the Americas is yet another retreat of U.S. leadership in our own hemisphere. In abandoning the bipartisan tradition of U.S. presidents attending this critical gathering, President Trump is losing a… Continue Reading


April 10, 2018

Menendez Questions Government Contract to Cambridge Analytica Parent Company and Raises Ethical and Legal Concerns About its Work in Foreign Countries

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent two letters requesting information from the State Department and SCL Group, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, following the scandal over the company's alleged misappropriation of the personal data of up to 87 million Facebook users, for the purpose of psychologically targeting them in political campaigns. In a letter addressed to Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan and Ac… Continue Reading


April 09, 2018

Menendez, Engel, Cummings Demand Investigation Into State Department “Cleaning” of Career Employees

WASHINGTON-Today, Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform called for an investigation into allegations that Trump administration officials are marginalizing and retaliating against State Department career employees perceived as not loyal to President Trump. In a lette… Continue Reading


April 08, 2018

Menendez on Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to the latest alleged chemical attack on civilians by Bashar al-Assad. "I am horrified that once again, Bashar Assad has allegedly used chemical weapons on his own people. Completely reliant on lifelines from Russia and Iran, Assad is a ruthless dictator and a war criminal who has repeatedly violated UN Security Council Resolutions. "This latest … Continue Reading


April 06, 2018

Menendez Statement on U.S. Sanctions on Russian Oligarchs

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned seven Russian oligarchs, 12 companies they control, 17 Russian government officials, and two state-owned enterprises under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). Co-authored by Menendez, CAATSA was overwhelmingly approved by Congress … Continue Reading


April 02, 2018

Menendez Statement on Ethiopia’s Newly Appointed Prime Minister

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Ethiopian parliament swore in Dr. Abiy Ahmed as its new prime minister. "After weeks of indecision and unrest, I welcome the peaceful transfer of power in Ethiopia that resulted in today's confirmation of Dr. Abiy Ahmed as the next Prime Minister. I hope that as one of his first official acts after his swearing in, Dr. Abiy lifts the recently reimpo… Continue Reading


March 26, 2018

Menendez on Expulsion of Russian Diplomats Following Chemical Weapon Attack in Salisbury

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced it would order 60 Russian diplomats to leave the country, and close the Russian consulate in Seattle in response to the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom. In a show of unity, European allies and Canada also announced similar measures. "Today's announcement is a welcome show of solidari… Continue Reading

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