Chairman's Press

May 10, 2021

Menendez, Rubio Condemn Ortega Regime Electoral Reforms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues, issued the following joint statement after the Ortega regime in Nicaragua imposed new electoral reforms: "The recent electoral reforms taken by Daniel Ortega and his regime are a manipulative schem… Continue Reading


May 06, 2021

Statement from Senators Menendez, Durbin on Venezuela’s National Electoral Council

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) today issued the following statement regarding the Maduro regime's decision to install a majority of loyalists in Venezuela's National Electoral Council: "In recent months, the United States and other democratic nations have repeatedly rejected the Maduro regime's fraudulent legislative elections, as well as the ensuing illegitimate National Assembly and its attempted a… Continue Reading


May 03, 2021

Senadores Menéndez, Leahy Sobre Destitución de Jueces y Fiscal General en El Salvador

WASHINGTON - Los Senadores Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), el Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el Senado, y Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), el Presidente del Comité de Asignaciones en el Senado, emitieron las siguientes declaraciones sobre la situación en El Salvador después que el Presidente Nayib Bukele y miembros de su partido en la Asamblea Legislativa utilizaron la sesión legislativa de este fin de semana para destituir abruptamente a cinco magistrad… Continue Reading


May 03, 2021

Senators Menendez, Leahy on Ousting of El Salvador’s Top Judges and Attorney General

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following statement regarding the situation in El Salvador after President Nayib Bukele and members of his party in the Legislative Assembly used this weekend's legislative session to abruptly dismiss five magistrates from the country's constitutional court as well as remove Attorney General Raul Melara: "This is a deeply concerning autocra… Continue Reading


April 29, 2021

Menendez, Democratic Colleagues Introduce New Legislation Barring U.S. Arms Sales to Human Rights Violators

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined today by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) in introducing the Safeguarding Human Rights in Arms Exports Act of 2021. As foreign governments intentionally or inadvertently use U.S.-sold arms and defense services to perpetrate human rights abuses against innocent civilians, … Continue Reading


April 28, 2021

Chairman Menendez Statement on U.S. Leadership in the Global Fight against Covid-19

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding India's second coronavirus wave and the need for increased U.S. leadership in the global fight against COVID-19: "I am worried and horrified by the continued advancement of COVID-19 around the world. With India's current wave representing the world's worst outbreak, there continues to be a moral imperative to U.S. leadership in the global arena right now.… Continue Reading


April 28, 2021

Menendez, Inhofe Send Letter in Support of HFX’s Recognition of Taiwan President Tsai

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) sent a letter this week in support of the 2021 Halifax International Security Forum (HFX) and plans to award the John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service to President Tsai Ing-wen. "As the Co-Chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, we write you in support of the 2021 Halifax International Security Forum (HFX) and plans to award the John McCain Prize for Le… Continue Reading


April 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, today delivered the following opening remarks at this morning's full Committee hearing on the nominations of Ambassador Bonnie D. Jenkins to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and the Honorable Jose W. Fernandez to be Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment; United States Alternate Governor of the International Bank for Recons… Continue Reading


April 27, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Hearing on U.S. Policy toward Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening statement at this afternoon's full Committee hearing on United States policy toward Afghanistan. Today's hearing follows a classified Committee briefing with representatives from the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community on negotiations and the security situation in Afghanistan in advance of the U.S. troop withdrawal. Testifying before the Committee… Continue Reading


April 23, 2021

Chairman Menendez Applauds Announcement of Intent to Nominate SFRC Staff Director Jessica Lewis to Serve as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

JERSEY CITY - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement following the announcement of President Biden's intent to nominate longtime Menendez staffer and current Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staff Director Jessica Lewis to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. "First as my foreign policy advisor in the House of Representatives and now as Staff Director of the Foreign… Continue Reading


April 22, 2021

Menendez, Risch Joint Statement Ahead of Elections in Albania

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) issued the following joint statement in the lead-up to the elections in Albania scheduled for this weekend: "As Albania prepares for national elections on April 25, we encourage the Albanian people to vote. We urge authorities to ensure that voters are able to exercise this fundamental right free from intimidation and violence. We also expect all candidates to act in accord… Continue Reading


April 22, 2021

Chairman Menendez’s Statement on President Biden Convening the Leaders’ Summit on Climate on Earth Day 2021

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on President Joe Biden convening 40 world leaders for a Summit on Climate today on Earth Day 2021: "President Biden's hosting of this week's Leaders' Summit on Climate sends a strong signal to our partners that America is back to lead on the world stage and that climate action is a priority for the United States. I fully support the new U.S. commitment to drastical… Continue Reading


April 22, 2021

Statement from Chairman Menendez on Reports that President Biden Will Officially Recognize the Armenian Genocide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) issued the following statement in reaction to reports that President Joe Biden will officially recognize the Ottoman Empire's genocide against the Armenian people. To date, no U.S. president has made it U.S. policy to affirm the historical facts of the Armenian Genocide, which lasted from 1915 to 1923 and resulted in the forced deportation of around 2 million Armenians, 1.5 million of whom were brutally killed. … Continue Reading


April 21, 2021

Menendez, Risch on Committee Passage of Ukraine Security Partnership Act

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 applauded Committee passage of their Ukraine Security Partnership Act. This legislation increases and improves U.S. military support to Ukraine, and sends a message that the United States will continue to support the people of Ukraine, their ability to defend themselves, and the country's democratic transition. "I am glad that the Committee overw… Continue Reading


April 21, 2021

Menendez, Risch Statement on Committee Passage of Comprehensive, Bipartisan China Bill

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 applauded committee passage of their bipartisan, comprehensive China legislation. Entitled the Strategic Competition Act, the legislation is an unprecedented, bipartisan effort to mobilize all United States strategic, economic, and diplomatic tools for an Indo-Pacific strategy that enables the U.S. government to compete effectively with the People… Continue Reading


April 21, 2021

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks ahead of SFRC Consideration of the Strategic Competition Act of 2021

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 business meeting to consider S. 1169, the Strategic Competition Act of 2021. The legislation represents the first major proposal to bring Democrats and Republicans together in laying out a strategic approach toward Beijing - and assuring that the United States is positioned to compete with China across all dimensions of national and intern… Continue Reading


April 20, 2021

Chairman Menendez on World Food Program Agreement to Begin Operating in Venezuela

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the United Nations World Food Program's (WFP) announcement that it will begin operating in Venezuela with the priority of serving the most vulnerable children: "I join the international community in welcoming the World Food Program's agreement to start operations in Venezuela after years of unconscionable delays and obstruction by the Maduro regime. … Continue Reading


April 19, 2021

Statement from Chairman Menendez Following Classified Committee Briefing on Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Committee received a classified briefing from the Biden administration on the negotiation process and security situation in Afghanistan: "I very much appreciated the Administration's willingness to provide our Committee with unvarnished facts about the future of U.S.-Afghan policy after a war that has gone on for a very long time and at great sacrifice by… Continue Reading


April 19, 2021

Top Democrats Urge President Biden to Rollback Trump’s Dangerous Deregulation of Semiautomatic and Sniper Rifle Exports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), in calling on President Joe Biden to build on his Administration's recent actions to address the gun violence public health epidemic by immediately restoring Congressional oversight over the export of semiautomatic assault-style and sniper rifles. In a new lette… Continue Reading


April 16, 2021

SFRC Chairman Menendez calls on Biden Administration to Follow Through on Promise to Resettle More Refugees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, earlier today wrote to urge President Joe Biden to follow through on his commitment to raise the FY21 refugee ceiling from the Trump administration's 15,000 maximum - the lowest cap on refugee admissions since the refugee resettlement program's inception 40 years ago. Chairman Menendez detailed the great need for a revised Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2021 giv… Continue Reading

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