Chairman's Press

August 09, 2021

Chairman Menendez Statement for the Senate Record on Zambia’s Upcoming Elections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, submitted the following statement for the Senate Record calling for free and fair elections in Zambia on August 12. Chairman Menendez urged political leaders to work together to reverse the democratic backsliding that has occurred in Zambia under President Edgar Lungu, in order to avoid political violence and restore Zambians' faith in their government. "Mr. President, I rise to discuss Zambia's… Continue Reading


August 08, 2021

SFRC Chairman Menendez Urges Biden Admin to Provide Additional Assistance to Greece in Wake of Raging Fires

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today penned a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to urge the Department of Defense to provide additional support to the Hellenic Republic in its efforts to confront the devastating fires currently raging across the country. "Greece is a close and valued NATO ally. I urge the Administration to take all measures necessary to support the people of Greece in their time of need," Chairman Menendez said, applau… Continue Reading


August 07, 2021

Menendez, Risch, Durbin, Blunt Introduce Senate Resolution in Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today was joined by SFRC Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) in addition to Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) in introducing a Senate Resolution to honor the 70th anniversary (September 1) of the signing of the Security Treaty between Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, known as the ANZUS Treaty. In addition to celebrating the countries' history of cooperation rooted in shared values of dem… Continue Reading


August 06, 2021

Menendez, Inhofe Commend Senate Passage of Legislation to Strengthen Support for Taiwan’s Participation in the WHO’s World Health Assembly

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), co-chairmen of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, today released the below statements following the Senate passage of their legislation to direct the State Department to develop a strategy to assist Taiwan in obtaining observer status at the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization. In the face of a global pandemic and mounting hostility from the People's… Continue Reading


August 06, 2021

Senate Approves Bipartisan Legislation to Bolster U.S. Engagement in Nicaragua as Crisis Deepens

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, and Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in issuing the following statements after the Senate approved their legislation to dramatically increase U.S. diplomatic engagement in response to the government of Daniel Ortega's … Continue Reading


August 05, 2021

Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Risch Joint Statement on Political Crisis in Tunisia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following joint statement on the political crisis in Tunisia: "Since its successful transition to democracy in 2011, Tunisia has made remarkable strides towards establishing a sound framework for democratic rule and has become an example across the region. The U.S.-Tunisia partnership has grown and deepened because it is predicated on a mut… Continue Reading


August 04, 2021

Chairman Menendez Celebrates Committee Approval Repealing 1991, 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs)

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Committee approved in a 14-8 vote S.J.Res.10, a joint resolution to repeal the 1991 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force (AUMFs). The bipartisan legislation seeks to formally end the authorizations for the Gulf and Iraq wars - 30 and 19 years, respectively, after these AUMFs were first passed, reasserting Congress' vital role in not only … Continue Reading


August 04, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Business Meeting to Consider Repeal of 1991, 2002 AUMFs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following opening statement at this morning's full Committee business meeting to consider S.J.Res.10, a joint resolution to repeal the 1991 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force (AUMFs). "As I have made clear, I believe it would be a grave mistake if we do not act now to repeal the 1991 and 2002 AUMFs. As we heard very clearly from the Administration y… Continue Reading


August 04, 2021

Menendez, Risch: Lebanon’s Political Leaders Must Advance Genuine Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the one year anniversary of the Beirut port blast: "One year after the tragic Beirut port blast which killed more than 200 people, injured thousands, and broke an already fragile economy, Lebanon has fallen further into crisis. Political leaders have failed to form a government that can effectively respond to t… Continue Reading


August 03, 2021

El Senado Aprueba por Unanimidad Resolución del Senador Menéndez en Apoyo del Movimiento Pro-Democracia en Cuba

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, hoy habló en el Pleno de Senado para solicitar la aprobación unánime de su resolución bipartidista y bicameral condenando al régimen cubano por su violencia despiadada contra miles de cubanos que han salido a las calles para exigir pacíficamente democracia y el respeto de sus derechos más fundamentales. Destacando los esfuerzos … Continue Reading


August 03, 2021

Senate Unanimously Approves Menendez-Authored Resolution in Support of Cuba’s Pro-Democracy Movement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke on the Senate Floor to request the unanimous passage of his bipartisan, bicameral Resolution condemning the Cuban regime's brazen violence against thousands of Cuban citizens who have taken to the streets to peacefully call for democracy and respect for fundamental freedoms. Outlining the Biden administration's bold and effective efforts in recent weeks to support the pro-democracy m… Continue Reading


August 03, 2021

Chairman Menendez Condemns Attacks on Civilians in Daraa, Syria, Calls for Accountability

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement condemning intensifying hostilities against civilians in Daraa, Syria: "I strongly condemn the worsening crisis in Daraa threatening the lives of tens of thousands of innocent Syrians. Since late June, the Assad regime, with the help of Iranian-aligned militias, has laid a humanitarian siege on nearly 50,000 civilians in Daraa, depriving its own citizens of food,… Continue Reading


August 03, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Hearing on Administration Perspectives toward Authorizations of Use of Force

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following opening statement at this morning's full Committee hearing on legal and policy matters surrounding the use of military force. Testifying before the Committee were Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, U.S. Department of State Acting Legal Adviser Richard Visek, and Department of Defense General Counsel Caroline Krass. "I absolutely believe we must provide… Continue Reading


August 03, 2021

Chairman Menendez Urges State Department to Boost Dedicated Efforts and Resources to Help Clear Passport Processing Backlog for U.S. Citizens

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken requesting information from the State Department concerning the extraordinary challenges to its current ability to process passport applications as millions of Americans make arrangements to travel abroad this summer. The Chairman's letter was prompted by mounting reports in recent weeks of unprecedented delays in passport processing, impac… Continue Reading


August 02, 2021

Chairman Menendez Applauds Qatari Government’s $100 Million Contribution in Humanitarian Assistance for Yemen

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement expressing support for the Qatari government's recent contribution of an additional $100 million towards humanitarian operations in Yemen to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the country: "I applaud Qatar's leadership in helping the Yemeni people. The Qatari government's recent announcement of an additional $100 million in additional humanitarian assistan… Continue Reading


August 02, 2021

Chairman Menendez, European Foreign Affairs Committee Chairs Issue Joint Statement on Nord Stream 2

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by his counterparts from Estonia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and Lithuania in issuing the following joint statement in opposition to the recent agreement between the United States and Germany to allow the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline: "We, the Chairs of Foreign Affairs Committees of our respective national parliaments, continue to… Continue Reading


July 30, 2021

Declaraciones del Senador Menéndez Sobre Reunión con el Presidente Biden, Líderes Cubanos Acerca del Movimiento Pro-Democracia en la Isla

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, hoy acompañó al Presidente Biden en la Casa Blanca para una reunión con un grupo de líderes cubanoamericanos. Discutieron la situación actual en Cuba y las acciones que ha tomado la Administración para apoyar al histórico movimiento pro-democracia en la isla que exige el respeto de los derechos humanos más básicos y… Continue Reading


July 30, 2021

Readout from Chairman Menendez on Meeting with President Biden, Cuban Leaders about the Island’s Pro-Democracy Movement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined President Biden in the White House for a meeting with a group of Cuban American leaders. They discussed the ongoing situation in Cuba and the actions the Administration has taken in support of the historic pro-democracy movement on the island as it demands respect for basic human rights and the end of the dictatorship in Cuba. During the meeting, the President also detailed a number … Continue Reading


July 28, 2021

Discurso del Senador Menéndez Sobre la Política de EEUU Hacia Cuba

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el Senado, hoy realizó un discurso en el Pleno del Senado acerca de la trayectoria de la política de Estados Unidos hacia Cuba. El Senador delineo sus recientes consultas con el Presidente Biden y el Secretario Blinken sobre cómo seguir apoyando el creciente movimiento pro-democracia de la isla y la importancia de asegurar el respeto de los derechos humanos y libert… Continue Reading


July 28, 2021

Menendez, Kaine, Rubio Introduce Senate Resolution in Honor of Bicentennial Anniversary of Peruvian Independence

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today was joined by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, in introducing a Senate Resolution commemorating the 200th anniversary of Peru's independence. The bipartisan Resolution celebrates the many achievements and triumphs of the Peruvian community and the strength of the United States' relationship with Peru, which is r… Continue Reading

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