Chairman's Press

May 26, 2021

Senator Menendez, Congresswoman Clark Lead Colleagues in Bicameral Reintroduction of Reproductive Rights are Human Rights Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Assistant Speaker of the 117th Congress Representative Katherine Clark (MA-5) were joined by 22 of their Senate and 122 of their House colleagues in addition to leading reproductive health and human rights organizations and activists in announcing the bicameral reintroduction of the Reproductive Rights are Human Rights Act. The legislation directs the State Department to report on the status … Continue Reading


May 25, 2021

Menendez, Rubio, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Calling for Freedom of the Press around the World

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today led a group of 11 of their Senate colleagues in introducing a Senate resolution in recognition of burgeoning threats to freedoms of the press and expression around the world. The bipartisan resolution maintains the centrality of an independent press to the health of democracy and reaffirms freedom of the press as a priority of the United States in promoting democracy, human righ… Continue Reading


May 23, 2021

Chairman Menendez and European Allies Condemn Lukashenka Regime for Intercepting Civilian Flight to Arrest Journalist

Jersey City, N.J. - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) issued the following joint statement with his counterparts in the Czech Republic, Latvia, Germany, Lithuania, Ireland, Poland, and the United Kingdom condemning the Lukashenka regime for forcefully landing a Ryanair flight to arrest journalist Raman Pratasevich: "We, the chairs of our respective national parliament's Foreign Affairs Committees, condemn unequivocally the threat of violence used against a c… Continue Reading


May 22, 2021

Chairman Menendez Celebrates Biden Administration’s New Designation of Temporary Protected Status for Haiti

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Biden administration announced it would issue a new designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. Today's announcement follows calls from Chairman Menendez urging the administration to designate TPS for eligible Haitians in the U.S. currently unable to return safely to their homeland due to a compounding set of devastation from nationa… Continue Reading


May 21, 2021

Menendez, Risch Announce Introduction of Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Human Rights Legacy of Andrei Sakharov

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 commemorated the 100th anniversary of Nobel laureate Andrei Sakharov's birthday by announcing they will introduce a bipartisan resolution lauding the renowned physicist's legacy of activism and impassioned dedication to human rights advocacy and nuclear disarmament. "Today, as we face brazen abuses of fundamental human rights worldwide, we look t… Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Menendez, Rubio, Merkley, Coons File Amendment to Attach Hong Kong Safe Harbor Act to Senate’s China Legislative Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) in introducing an amendment to the China legislative package currently being debated on the Senate Floor. The amendment seeks to add a provision to the bipartisan Strategic Competition Act to ensure Hong Kongers who peacefully protested Beijing's corrupt justice system and have a well-founded fear… Continue Reading


May 19, 2021

Chairman Menendez Statement on State Department’s Nord Stream 2 Report

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee issued the following statement after Congress received a mandatory report from the State Department regarding entities involved in sanctionable activity by the builders of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Citing U.S. national security interests, the Biden Administration announced it would waive mandatory sanctions on the company Nord Stream 2 AG and its CEO Matthias Warnig. "I am opposed to the decision by… Continue Reading


May 19, 2021

Chairman Menendez Makes the Case for Strategic Competition Act as Senate Recalibrates U.S.-China Relations

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 Strategic Competition Act. Introduced by Chairman Menendez and SFRC Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho), the legislation is an unprecedented bipartisan effort to mobilize all of the United States' strategic, economic, and diplomatic tools for an Indo-Pacific strategy that enables the U.S. government to compete effectively with China and conf… Continue Reading


May 19, 2021

Chairman Menendez Delivers Opening Remarks at 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 the Honorable Brian A. Nichols to be an Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and the Honorable Michele Jeanne Sison to be an Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. "When we shun our responsibilities and fail to lead, othe… Continue Reading


May 15, 2021

Chairman Menendez Statement on Violence Across Israel and Gaza

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee issued the following statement on the latest developments in the escalating violence across Israel and Gaza: "I am deeply troubled by reports of Israeli military actions that resulted in the death of innocent civilians in Gaza as well as Israeli targeting of buildings housing international media outlets. In response to thousands of rocket attacks fired by Hamas aimed at civilians, Israel has ev… Continue Reading


May 14, 2021

Menéndez, Kaine, Rubio Instan al Presidente Biden a Enfocarse en el Acceso a las Vacunas COVID-19 para América Latina y el Caribe

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), el Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el Senado, y los Senadores Tim Kaine (D-Va.) y Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), el Presidente y Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité del Hemisferio Occidental, instaron hoy a la Administración Biden a que desarrolle una estrategia integral que aborde la grave crisis del COVID-19 en América Latina y el Caribe y se enfoque en el acceso a vacunas para los país… Continue Reading


May 14, 2021

Menendez, Kaine, Rubio Urge President Biden to Focus On COVID-19 Vaccine Access for Latin America and the Caribbean

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined today by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, in calling on the Biden Administration to develop a comprehensive strategy that addresses the severe COVID-19 crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean and focuses on vaccine access for developing countries in the Americas. As the pandemic continues to … Continue Reading


May 14, 2021

Menéndez, Rubio Piden a la Secretaría del Tesoro que Responsabilice a Empresas Fantasmas que Ayudan al Régimen Cubano

WASHINGTON - Los senadores estadounidenses 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 Hemisferio Occidental, le enviaron una carta a la secretaría del Tesoro, Janet Yellen, instándola a que utilice todas las herramientas disponibles para responsabilizar a las personas vinculadas al régimen cubano que están "utilizando un extensa red … Continue Reading


May 14, 2021

Menendez, Rubio Urge Treasury Secretary to Hold Shell Companies Aiding the Cuban Regime Accountable

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 Western Hemisphere, today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urging her to use all available tools to hold accountable individuals linked to the Cuban regime who are "using an extensive network of shell companies to circumvent U.S. law." "According to a recent investigation by the Miami Herald and Nuevo Herald, t… Continue Reading


May 13, 2021

Menendez, Risch Lead Bipartisan Resolution Celebrating Alliance with Republic of Korea

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) today were joined by Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) in introducing a bipartisan resolution reaffirming the United States' dedication to the Republic of Korea as a crucial ally. The resolution comes in advance of Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in's scheduled visit to the United States to meet with President Joe Biden and members of Congress in May. "I… Continue Reading


May 13, 2021

Statement from Chairman Menendez on Azerbaijan’s Violation of Armenian Sovereignty

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) issued the following statement in reaction to reports of Azerbaijan's illegal incursion into Armenia's Syunik province: "The violation of Armenia's sovereign territory by Azerbaijani troops is a dangerous and illegal act of aggression that underscores the sustained threat that the Armenian people continue to face. After my conversation with Armenia's Ambassador to the U.S. earlier today, it is clear that the Uni… Continue Reading


May 12, 2021

Menendez, Cardin and Wyden Condemn Attacks on Civilians in Israel, DenounceTerrorism, Urge Leaders to Take Actions to De-escalate

WASHINGTON - In response to the escalating cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem that has led to Hamas firing rockets indiscriminately into Israel, including several toward Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) condemned attacks on civilians, and called for renewed efforts toward a lasting peace. Menendez is Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Cardin is Chair of the U.S. Helsinki Commission,… Continue Reading


May 12, 2021

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on the COVID-19 Pandemic and the U.S. International Response

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full Committee hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic and the U.S. international response. Testifying before the Committee were the Honorable Gayle E. Smith, Coordinator for Global COVID Response and Health Security, U.S. Department of State, and Mr. Jeremy Konyndyk, Executive Director of the COVID-19 Task Force, United States Agency for International Development. "I am please… Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

***ICYMI*** Chairman Menendez Discusses Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack, Israeli-Palestinian Clashes with CNN’s Jake Tapper

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke with CNN's Jake Tapper about the ongoing ransomware incident affecting Colonial Pipeline that supplies gasoline and fuel to communities across New Jersey and the East Coast, as well as escalating tensions and violence in Israel. On Colonial Pipeline ransomware hack and American cyber infrastructure: "This is a critical issue," Chairman Menendez said, referencing his… Continue Reading


May 10, 2021

RUBIO, MENÉNDEZ CONDENAN REFORMAS ELECTORALES POR PARTE DEL RÉGIMEN DE ORTEGA

WASHINGTON - Los senadores estadounidenses Bob Menendez (D-NJ), presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, y Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité sobre Hemisferio Occidental, Crimen Transnacional, Seguridad Civil, Democracia, Derechos Humanos y Asuntos Globales de la Mujer, emitieron el siguiente comunicado luego que el régimen de Ortega impusiera nuevas reformas electorales en Nicaragua: "Las recientes reformas electorales po… Continue Reading

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