Chairman's Press

February 04, 2022

Chairman Menendez Statement on Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement as the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics begin: "Today, as the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics commence, I urge the global community to join in a moment of silence in recognition of all of those suffering immense injustice under the crushing totalitarian rule of the Chinese Communist Party. "While our athletes compete in the Olympics and Paralympics, exemplify… Continue Reading


February 04, 2022

Menendez, Rubio, Curtis, Pappas Introduce Legislation to Rename Taiwan's De Facto Diplomatic Outpost

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced the Taiwan Representative Office Act (S. 3573), a bipartisan and bicameral bill that would direct the U.S. Secretary of State to enter into negotiations to rename the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in Washington, D.C. the "Taiwan Representative Office," which better reflects its status as Taiwan's de facto diplomatic mission to the United States. … Continue Reading


February 03, 2022

ICYMI: On MSNBC with Hallie Jackson, Chairman Menendez Talks Latest on Bipartisan Negotiations for Comprehensive Russia Sanctions Bill, U.S. Raid in Syria, Other Foreign Policy News of the Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Hallie Jackson on MSNBC to discuss progress in bipartisan negotiations for a comprehensive sanctions package to deter the Kremlin from re-invading Ukraine and other foreign policy news of the day. On status of negotiations with bipartisan negotiations following introduction of Chairman Menendez's Defending Ukraine Sovereignty Act of 2022: "We have been working diligently ar… Continue Reading


February 03, 2022

Senador Menéndez Exige Designar al Expresidente Hondureño Juan Orlando Hernández como Capo de Narcotráfico

WASHINGTON - En una carta al Secretario de Estado Antony Blinken y la Secretaria del Tesoro Janet Yellen, el Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores en el Senado, formalmente solicitó que la Administración Biden revoque inmediatamente la visa de Juan Orlando Hernández, el presidente saliente de Honduras, y a la vez lo sancione como "un capo de narcotráfico en el extranjero" bajo la Ley de Designación de Capos … Continue Reading


February 03, 2022

Chairman Menendez Officially Requests Narcotics Kingpin Designation for Honduran Ex-President Juan Orlando Hernandez

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen formally requesting that the Biden administration immediately revoke outgoing Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez's visa and sanction him as a "significant foreign narcotics trafficker" under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. Citing a growing body of incriminating evidence of the ex-President's direct … Continue Reading


February 03, 2022

Chairman Menendez Officially Requests Narcotics Kingpin Designation for Honduran Ex-President Juan Orlando Hernandez

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen formally requesting that the Biden administration immediately revoke outgoing Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez's visa and sanction him as a "significant foreign narcotics trafficker" under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. Citing a growing body of incriminating evidence of the ex-President's direct … Continue Reading


February 03, 2022

ICYMI: SFRC Chairman Menendez Delivers Floor Remarks in Support of Critical Foreign Policy Nominees

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) last night spoke on the Senate Floor in advance of votes to invoke cloture on and in support of the nominations of Dr. Amy Gutmann to be US Ambassador to Germany; Mr. Scott Nathan to be Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation; Ms. Lisa Carty to be U.S. Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council; and Ms. Chantale Wong to be United States Director of the As… Continue Reading


February 03, 2022

Lead Sponsors of Save Our Seas 2.0 Act Call for Increased Consultation with Congress as the Biden Administration Seeks New Global Agreement to Combat Ocean Plastic Pollution

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J) today was joined by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Representatives Don Young (R-Alaska) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) on a letter to Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Monica Medina laying out the lawmakers' expectations for the start of the Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly's (UNEA 5.2) negotiations on a new agreement to … Continue Reading


February 01, 2022

Chairman Menendez: We Cannot Allow Iran to Threaten Us into a Bad Deal or an Interim Agreement that Allows it to Continue Building its Nuclear Capacity

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 to lay out his growing concerns with the Biden administration's latest round of negotiations over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) while Iran continues to rapidly escalate its nuclear program, which has brought it to the brink of having enough material for a nuclear weapon. "As someone who has followed Iran's nuclear ambitio… Continue Reading


February 01, 2022

Chairman Menendez Condemns Amnesty International’s Misguided Charges of Apartheid against Israel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement joining the international backlash in response to a report issued by Amnesty International in which it accuses the state of Israel of the crime of apartheid: "I am deeply disturbed by Amnesty International's report calling Israel an 'apartheid state'. This outrageous accusation belies history, facts, and common sense. Israel remains the only democracy in a re… Continue Reading


February 01, 2022

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Full Committee Hearing on U.S. Policy Toward Sudan in the Wake of the October 25th Coup

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 entitled "Sudan's Imperiled Transition: U.S. Policy in the Wake of the October 25th Coup." Testifying before the Committee were Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Mary Catherine Phee; U.S. Agency for International Development Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman; International Crisis Group Presiden… Continue Reading


January 31, 2022

SFRC Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Risch on Anniversary of Coup in Burma

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in advance of the first anniversary of the coup in Burma on February 1: "Tomorrow marks one year since the Tatmadaw carried out a violent military coup d'etat in Burma, brutally overthrowing the democratically-elected government and wrongfully imprisoning elected leaders, including State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.… Continue Reading


January 30, 2022

ICYMI: On CNN’s “State of the Union,” SFRC Chairman Menendez Provides Latest on Efforts to Secure Bipartisan Support for Comprehensive Russia Sanctions Bill to Prevent a Re-invasion of Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined join Dana Bash on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning newsmaker show to discuss Kremlin aggression against Ukraine and the latest on his effort for Congress to pass comprehensive, bipartisan legislation that would impose crushing sanctions on Vladimir Putin and the Russian economy in the event of a re-invasion of Ukraine. Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) also joined… Continue Reading


January 21, 2022

ICYMI: On MSNBC, Chairman Menendez Discusses Growing Support for Congressional Action to Deter Putin from Re-invading Ukraine

WASHINGTON - Following a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Chuck Todd on MSNBC's Meet the Press Daily to provide an update on his effort for Congress to impose crushing and mandatory sanctions on Russia in the event Putin further invades Ukraine. The senator also discussed the safety of American athletes competing at the 2022 Beijin… Continue Reading


January 20, 2022

Chairman Menendez, Colleagues Sound Alarm Following Reports of High Denial Rates for At-Risk Afghans Seeking Humanitarian Parole into U.S.

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today was joined by 14 of his Senate colleagues in writing to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to express concern over reports of high denial rates for Afghans seeking humanitarian parole into the United States in the wake of the Taliban's takeover and the use of an untenably high standard of proof to determine eligibility for the more than 35,000 Afghans who appl… Continue Reading


January 19, 2022

Ahead of Secretary Granholm’s Trip to Mexico, Senators Urge Biden Administration to Push Back Against President López Obrador’s Fossil Fuel-Friendly Agenda

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in pressing the Biden administration to speak out publicly and through diplomatic channels with greater force regarding Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's troubling fossil fuel-friendly agenda. In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Energy Jennif… Continue Reading


January 18, 2022

Menendez, Cornyn, Leahy, Risch Call on Biden Administration to Keep Fighting For Austin Tice

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Cornyn (R-Texas), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to President Joe Biden encouraging his Administration to continue pushing for the safe release of Austin Tice, a Houston native, Marine veteran, and journalist who has been held captive in Syria for nearly a decade. They wrote: "We are writing to… Continue Reading


January 17, 2022

ICYMI: On MSNBC, Chairman Menendez Discusses Growing Bipartisanship to Prevent Russia from Invading Ukraine and Latest on North Korean Ballistic Missile Tests

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC to discuss the growing bipartisanship in Washington to stop Russia's destabilizing aggression and his proposed legislation to impose crushing sanctions in the event Putin further invades Ukraine. Menendez also reacted to reports that North Korea on Monday fired two more suspected ballistic missiles into the sea. On the Defending Ukraine Sovereignty … Continue Reading


January 13, 2022

SFRC Chairman Menendez Floor Remarks on Path Forward on Effort to Prevent Russian Invasion of Ukraine

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 Defending Ukraine Sovereignty Act of 2022, comprehensive legislation that he and 39 of his Senate colleagues introduced to impose crippling sanctions on the Russian economy, President Putin and senior Kremlin officials, extractive industries, and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline if Putin escalates hostile action in or against Ukraine. The legisla… Continue Reading


January 12, 2022

Ahead of 11th Anniversary of Tunisian Revolution, Menendez, Risch, Meeks, McCaul Urge Biden Administration to Assess President Saïed’s Anti-Democratic Trajectory, Ensure Meaningful Reforms

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 Representatives Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in writing to Secretary of State Antony Blinken to express their concerns regarding recent developments in Tunisia that threaten the country's democracy. While applauding Tunisians' achievements since th… Continue Reading

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