Chairman's Press

February 23, 2022

El Senador Bob Menéndez y el Presidente de la República de Ecuador Guillermo Lasso Realizan Rueda de Prensa sobre el Futuro de la Relación Diplomática Entre Estados Unidos y Ecuador

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, acompañó ayer al Presidente de la República de Ecuador Guillermo Lasso en una rueda de prensa virtual para celebrar los esfuerzos legislativos del senador para fortalecer la floreciente relación entre Estados Unidos y Ecuador. Junto al Senador Menéndez y el Presidente Lasso, también estuvieron el Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Ecu… Continue Reading


February 23, 2022

SFRC Chairman Menendez, President of Ecuador Guillermo Lasso Hold Press Conference on Future of U.S.-Ecuador Relationship

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday joined Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso in a virtual press conference held in celebration of the Senator's efforts to strengthen the flourishing relationship between the United States and Ecuador. Also joining Chairman Menendez and President Lasso at the event were Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Affairs Juan Carlos Holguin and Ecuadorian Ambassador to the United States Ivonne… Continue Reading


February 22, 2022

Chairman Menendez on CNN: “The United States has to make it very clear to Putin that the consequences begin now”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined John King on CNN to discuss the latest developments regarding Russia's invasion of Ukraine and his expectations for a strong response from the United States and Europe. On anticipated additional U.S. sanctions against Russia: "I think they need to be severe sanctions. I think we can stop equivocating as to whether we have an invasion or not. I think the west-the United St… Continue Reading


February 21, 2022

Chairman Menendez Statement on President Putin’s Latest Assault on Ukraine’s Sovereignty

JERSEY CITY, NJ - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision on Monday to formally recognize the independence of Moscow-backed breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine: "Vladimir Putin's illegal recognition of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics is an act of unprovoked aggression and a brazen violation of international law. This illegal recognition is an attack on… Continue Reading


February 19, 2022

Joint Statement from the Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the G7 Member States on Russia-Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined his counterparts from the United Kingdom, Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan in issuing the following joint statement regarding the growing threats to the peace, security and territorial integrity of Ukraine: "We, the chairpersons of the parliamentary foreign and international affairs committees of the G7, are deeply concerned about persistent tensions involving R… Continue Reading


February 17, 2022

Chairman Menendez on MSNBC: “It seems that Vladimir Putin is headed towards conflict instead of diplomacy”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined José Díaz-Balart on MSNBC to discuss U.S. efforts to stand with Ukraine as the Kremlin's threat of invasion continues to grow as well as other news of the day: On latest developments regarding Ukraine-Russia crisis: "From all accounts, it seems that Vladimir Putin is headed towards conflict instead of diplomacy. It seems not only has he not removed troops fro… Continue Reading


February 17, 2022

Menendez, Shaheen, Portman Reaffirm Bipartisan Support for Ukraine, Lead New Resolution in Support of Democratic Partners

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, led a bipartisan group of senators, including Senate Foreign Relations Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho), as well as Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), on … Continue Reading


February 16, 2022

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Full Committee Hearing: “Reinvigorating U.S.-Colombia Relations”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks at today's full Committee hearing: "Reinvigorating U.S. - Colombia Relations." Today's hearing follows the Senator's publication of an opinion piece in the Miami Herald unveiling the U.S.-Colombia Strategic Alliance Act of 2022, new legislation to drastically strengthen the U.S.-Colombia relationship. "We have long championed the United States' rel… Continue Reading


February 16, 2022

Chairman Menendez Remarks at Cornell University Panel on Migration in the Age of Pandemics

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today participated in Cornell University's Einaudi Center Lund Critical Debate event entitled "Migration in the Age of Pandemics." Joined by Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, Deputy Director-General of the World Health Organization, Chairman Menendez discussed migration policy, the COVID-19 pandemic, human rights, and humanitarian need. "The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically compounded the vulnerability of di… Continue Reading


February 16, 2022

El Senador Menéndez Anuncia Importante Iniciativa Legislativa para Revitalizar la Alianza Entre Estados Unidos y Colombia

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, hoy publicó una columna en el Miami Herald en el que anuncia que presentará un nuevo proyecto de ley para fortalecer drásticamente la alianza entre Estados Unidos y Colombia. La presentación del Proyecto de Ley de la Alianza Estratégica entre Estados Unidos y Colombia de 2022 por parte del senador llega tras una convocatoria del mismo para una… Continue Reading


February 16, 2022

In Op-Ed, Chairman Menendez Announces Major Legislative Initiative to Reinvigorate U.S.-Colombia Relations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today published an op-ed in the Miami Herald announcing he will introduce new legislation to drastically strengthen the U.S.-Colombia relationship. The senator's unveiling of the U.S.-Colombia Strategic Alliance Act of 2022 follows his convening of a full Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing this afternoon to assess the future of the bilateral relationship between the United States and Colo… Continue Reading


February 15, 2022

Menendez, Schumer, McConnell, Durbin, Thune, Reed, Inhofe, Brown, Toomey, Risch, Warner, Rubio Message Of Solidarity With The People Of Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Senate Republican Whip John Thune (R-S.D.), Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Senate Banking Committee Chairman and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Senate… Continue Reading


February 15, 2022

Chairman Menendez Blasts Senate Republicans’ Partisan Posturing as Russian re-invasion of Ukraine Looms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to Senate Republican's introduction of a partisan Russia sanctions package: "It's a shame that Senate Republicans have decided to choose partisan posturing instead of working to reach consensus on a comprehensive bipartisan proposal that would demonstrate a united front to deter Putin from re-invading Ukraine. "The latest proposal by Republican… Continue Reading


February 14, 2022

Menendez, Risch on New U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy

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 United States' new Indo-Pacific strategy: "Even as we work with our allies and partners to face critical challenges around the world, the United States must not lose focus on the Indo-Pacific region. The administration's newly released Indo-Pacific strategy, and its engagements with U.S. allies and partners… Continue Reading


February 11, 2022

Senators Menendez and Graham Introduce New Resolution In Support of Establishing a Regional Nuclear Fuel Bank to Avoid Arms Race in the Middle East

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced a Senate resolution in support of providing a new diplomatic approach to contain Iran's nuclear ambitions and avoiding a destabilizing arms race in the Middle East. The bipartisan resolution calls for the United States government to adopt a policy that allows any Middle Eastern state access to nuclear fuel if they forgo uranium enrichment and reproce… Continue Reading


February 08, 2022

**ICYMI** Chairman Menendez Defends Statements Condemning GOP Senator’s January 6th Comments

WASHINGTON - At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to consider the nomination of renowned Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt to be Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today defended his and the Holocaust historian's denunciations of Republican Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) previous comments in support of the January 6 insurrectionists. The Wisconsin Republican demanded an apology for being called out by Senator Menendez and Professor Lipstad… Continue Reading


February 08, 2022

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Full 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 full Committee hearing to consider the nominations of Ms. Randi Charno Levine to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Portuguese Republic; the Honorable N. Nickolas Perry to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Jamaica; the Honorable Laura… Continue Reading


February 07, 2022

Menendez, Rubio Introduce Bill to Enhance U.S. Engagement in Our Region

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today introduced the Western Hemisphere Security Strategy Act of 2022. This bill seeks to enhance U.S. engagement with the region at a time when the destabilizing impact of authoritarian regimes, and transnational criminal organizations, in addition to the malign activities of state actors like China and Russia, pose risks to U.S. national security. The bipartisan … Continue Reading


February 07, 2022

Menéndez, Risch, Kaine y Rubio Presentan Nueva Propuesta para Reforzar la Relación entre Estados Unidos y Ecuador

WASHINGTON - Los Senadores Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.) y Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Presidente y Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el Senado, hoy fueron acompañados por los Senadores Tim Kaine (D-Va.) y Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Presidente y Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité del Hemisferio Occidental, en presentar el proyecto de ley de la Asociación entre Estados Unidos y Ecuador de 2022. La propuesta bipartidista fortalece la… Continue Reading


February 07, 2022

Menendez, Risch, Kaine, Rubio Unveil New Legislation to Bolster U.S.-Ecuador Relationship

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, were joined by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, today in introducing the United States-Ecuador Partnership Act of 2022. The bipartisan legislation strengthens the United States' cooperation with Ecuador on issues of mutual interest, including strengthening dem… Continue Reading

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