Chairman's Press

July 28, 2021

SFRC Chairman Menendez Delivers Floor Speech on U.S. Policy Toward Cuba

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 trajectory of United States policy toward Cuba. The Senator outlined his recent consultations with President Biden and Secretary Blinken on how to continue supporting the island's surging pro-democracy movement and the importance of securing respect for the universal rights and freedoms of the Cuban people. "We are bearing witness to a his… Continue Reading


July 28, 2021

Menendez, Inhofe Applaud Committee Passage of Legislation to Strengthen Support for Taiwan’s Participation in 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 Foreign Relations Committee's unanimous 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, ahead of its annual global assembl… Continue Reading


July 28, 2021

Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado Aprueba Resolución Afirmando Apoyo del Congreso de EEUU al Movimiento Pro-Democracia en Cuba

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, hoy fue acompañado por el Senador Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental, el Senador Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), y el Senador Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, en emitir las siguientes declaraciones aplaudiendo la aprobación por … Continue Reading


July 28, 2021

Senate Committee Approves Resolution Reaffirming Congressional Support for Cuba’s Pro-Democracy Movement

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.), Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho), in releasing the following statements lauding the Committee's unanimous approval of their bipartisan Resolution condemning the Cuban government's violent response… Continue Reading


July 28, 2021

Menendez, Risch, Portman, Murphy Applaud Committee Passage of Comprehensive Global Health Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) today applauded committee passage of the International Pandemic Preparedness and COVID-19 Response Act (S. 2297), comprehensive legislation to improve global health and pandemic preparedness and enhance COVID-19 response efforts. "As COVID-19 continues to surge across the globe, we are coming together … Continue Reading


July 28, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Nominations Hearing

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 to consider the nominations of the Honorable Kenneth Lee Salazar to be Ambassador to the United Mexican States; Ms. Jessica Lewis to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs); the Honorable Donald Lu to be Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs; and the Honorable Marcel… Continue Reading


July 22, 2021

Menéndez Aplaude Anuncio de la Administración Biden de Aumentar Sanciones Selectivas Contra Funcionarios del Régimen Cubano

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, emitió las siguientes declaraciones después de que la Administración Biden anunciara que continuaría apoyando al movimiento pro-democracia de Cuba al imponer sanciones selectivas adicionales contra funcionarios del régimen por abusos de derechos humanos: "El gobierno es un instrumento del pueblo, no un instrumento para ser utilizado contra lo… Continue Reading


July 22, 2021

Chairman Menendez Lauds Biden Administration’s Announcement to Increase Targeted Sanctions on Cuban Regime Officials

WASHINGTON - 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 continue its efforts to support Cuba's pro-democracy movement by imposing additional targeted sanctions on regime officials for their human rights abuses: "Government is an instrument of the people, not an instrument to be used against its own citizens. Yet, since July 11, the Díaz Canel regime has relied on … Continue Reading


July 21, 2021

Declaración Conjunta del Senador Menéndez y Homólogos Europeos Condenando la Violencia y Represión del Régimen Cubano Contra las Protestas Pacíficas

WASHINGTON. - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado de los Estados Unidos, hoy fue acompañado por sus homólogos del Reino Unido, la República Checa, Estonia, Letonia y Lituania en emitir la siguiente declaración conjunta condenando la violenta represión del régimen cubano contra el movimiento pro-democracia de la isla después de que miles de cubanos salieran a la calle para pedir … Continue Reading


July 21, 2021

Joint Statement from SFRC Chairman Menendez, European Foreign Affairs Chairs Condemning Cuban Regime’s Violent Repression of Peaceful Protests

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by his counterparts in the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in issuing the following joint statement to condemn the Cuban regime's violent crackdown on the island's pro-democracy movement after thousands of Cubans took to the streets to call for an end to dictatorship in their country: "We, the chairs of our respective national parliament's Foreign … Continue Reading


July 21, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Hearing on U.S. Policy Toward Turkey

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening statement at this morning's full Committee hearing on United States policy toward Turkey. Testifying before the Committee was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland. "Erdogan sees his country as on par with the great powers of the world. It's not. President Erdogan has tragically shredded its democratic institutions, imprisoned jour… Continue Reading


July 21, 2021

Chairman Menendez: Erdogan’s Announced Plans for Greek Cypriot Suburb Can Not Stand

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's speech in Cyprus, where he announced he would step up his campaign to undermine the island's peace negotiations by opening the coastline of Varosha in direct violation of multiple United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions: "As Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, I condemn President Erdogan'… Continue Reading


July 20, 2021

Chairman Menendez Statement on 22nd Anniversary of Chinese Government’s Campaign Against Falun Gong Spiritual Movement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in observance of the 22nd anniversary of the Government of the People's Republic of China campaign of oppression against practitioners of Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual discipline based upon universal principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance: "Twenty-two years ago today, the People's Republic of China undertook a ruthless and brutal crackdown agai… Continue Reading


July 20, 2021

Menéndez sobre Esfuerzos de la Administración Biden para Apoyar el Movimiento Pro-Democracia en Cuba

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, publicó las siguientes declaraciones en respuesta a los esfuerzos de la Administración Biden para apoyar al pueblo cubano mientras surge el movimiento pro-democracia en la isla: "El régimen de Díaz Canel ha demostrado su verdadero descaro en los últimos días al desatar una campaña de violencia en contra de protestas pacíf… Continue Reading


July 20, 2021

Statement from Chairman Menendez on Biden Administration’s Efforts to Support Cuba’s Pro-Democracy Movement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Biden administration's efforts to support the Cuban people as the island's pro-democracy movement surges: "The Díaz Canel regime has shown its depravity in the past week, desperately unleashing a campaign of violence, human rights abuses, and forced disappearances against the Cuban people, all while blocking internet access out of sheer p… Continue Reading


July 20, 2021

Chairman Menendez Delivers Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing

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 to consider the nominations of Ms. Paloma Adams-Allen to be a Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (Management and Resources); Dr. Karen Donfried to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs); the Honorable Mary Catherine Phee to be an Assistan… Continue Reading


July 15, 2021

Senadores y Congresistas Anuncian Resolución Bipartidista Reafirmando Apoyo Incondicional del Congreso al Movimiento Pro Democracia en Cuba

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el Senado, el Latino y Cubanoamericano de más alto rango en el Congreso, y el?Senador Marco Rubio (R-Fla.),?Miembro de Más Alto Rango en el Subcomité sobre el Hemisferio Occidental,?y los?Congresistas Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.23)?y?Mario Díaz-Balart (R-Fla.25), además del?Senador Dick Durbin (D-Ill.),?el Senador Jim Risch (R-Idaho),?Miembro de M… Continue Reading


July 15, 2021

Leading Senators, Representatives Unveil Bipartisan Resolution Reaffirming Congressional Support for Cuba’s Pro-Democracy Movement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined today by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, and Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25), in addition to Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere T… Continue Reading


July 14, 2021

Menendez, Van Hollen, Rubio Lead Colleagues in Urging U.S.-EU Response to Turkish Provocations in Varosha

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), both members of the Committee, today were joined by 11 of their Senate colleagues in condemning Turkey's continuing efforts to open the coastline of Varosha, Cyprus in contravention of several United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions and in defiance of recent calls from the UNSC and the European Council to immediately reverse course. In a b… Continue Reading


July 14, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Hearing on USAID Budget Request

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 to review the FY 2022 budget request for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Testifying before the Committee was USAID Administrator Samantha Power. "As we know, foreign assistance, development aid, and humanitarian relief are not charity programs. USAID programs around the world are concr… Continue Reading

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