Ranking Member's Press

November 23, 2020

Menendez Leads Bipartisan Call for Saudi Government to Release Wrongfully Detained Women Political Prisoners

WASHINGTON - Today, following the conclusion of the G20 Summit, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led nine of his Senate colleagues in demanding the immediate release of women political prisoners who remain unjustly detained in Saudi Arabia. In a bipartisan letter to Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Senators emphasized the heightened risk of c… Continue Reading


November 23, 2020

Menendez Statement on Biden-Harris National Security Cabinet Announcement

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after President-elect Joe Biden announced his intention to nominate Antony Blinken as Secretary of State, Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,. Along with those nominations, Jake Sullivan was named as National Sec… Continue Reading


November 22, 2020

Menendez Statement on Trump Administration’s Withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump administration officially withdrew the United States from the Open Skies Treaty, a key part of America's international arms control strategy: "As I have stated previously, the administration's decision to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty is reckless and leaves the United States and our allies less secure against Russia. For nearly twenty year… Continue Reading


November 18, 2020

Senators Menendez, Paul, Murphy Unveil Joint Resolutions of Disapproval for Proposed Arms Package to UAE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced they are introducing four separate Joint Resolutions of Disapproval rejecting the Trump administration's effort to provide the United Arab Emirates with a precedent-setting aircraft and myriad other weapons systems. The bipartisan resolutions come after the Trump administration formally notified Congress of its intention to sell over… Continue Reading


November 18, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Statement for the Record on Preventing Conflict and Supporting Democratic Transition in Ethiopia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today submitted the following statement for the Senate record condemning the escalating violence in Ethiopia between the Federal government and political leaders of the Tigray region, and calling for an immediate ceasefire to begin a sustained dialogue that settles political differences. "I rise today to call upon the Administration to take urgent diplomatic action to address the escalat… Continue Reading


November 18, 2020

Menéndez Reacciona al Retiro de Cargos de la Administración Trump en el Caso de Narcotráfico Contra el Exsecretario de Defensa de Mé

WASHINGTON - El senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, emitió las siguientes declaraciones después de que la administración Trump abruptamente retirara los cargos de narcotráfico del gobierno de Estados Unidos en contra del exministro de Defensa de México, el general Salvador Cienfuegos: "Después de cuatro años de petulancia vacía del presidente Trump co… Continue Reading


November 18, 2020

Menendez Reaction to Trump Administration’s Retreat on Drug Trafficking Case Against Former Mexican Defense Minister

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump administration abruptly dropped the U.S. government's drug trafficking case against Mexico's former defense minister, Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos: "After four years of President Trump's empty boasting that he stands for the rule of law, his term ends with his administration once again turning a blind eye to the facts and selling out U.S. national securi… Continue Reading


November 18, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Statement in Observance of Latvia’s Proclamation Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in observance of Latvia's Proclamation Day November 18: "I extend my best wishes to Latvian-Americans in New Jersey and around the world celebrating Proclamation Day. For generations, Latvians have struggled against authoritarian powers and survived foreign occupations, ultimately repelling these threats and building a vibrant, prosperous society. Latvia is… Continue Reading


November 18, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Statement in Observance of Latvia’s Proclamation Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in observance of Latvia's Proclamation Day November 18: "I extend my best wishes to Latvian-Americans in New Jersey and around the world celebrating Proclamation Day. For generations, Latvians have struggled against authoritarian powers and survived foreign occupations, ultimately repelling these threats and building a vibrant, prosperous society. Latvia is… Continue Reading


November 17, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Delivers Remarks on Implications of Conflict in the South Caucasus

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered remarks on the Senate Floor on the Turkish-backed conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The Senator addressed the implications for regional stability following a Moscow-brokered agreement that grants Russia another foothold in the south Caucasus, as well as the need for President-elect Biden to reassert American leadership following the Trump administration's failure to defend… Continue Reading


November 14, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Statement in Observance of Diwali

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in observance of the holiday of Diwali, the Indian festival of lights: "As the Hindu, Jain, and Sikh communities in New Jersey and around the world celebrate Diwali, I join millions who are lighting lamps and extend my warmest wishes for a safe and happy holiday. These tiny flames illuminate the darkness and symbolize our common pursuit of light, knowledge, and… Continue Reading


November 11, 2020

Menendez Statement on Developments in the South Caucasus

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Russia-negotiated agreement to cease fighting in the south Caucasus region: "This is a tragic moment for ethnic Armenians everywhere. The agreement signed earlier this week strengthens the hand of Russia, Turkey and Azerbaijan in the south Caucasus and could destabilize the region for years to come. After top Trump administration officials decid… Continue Reading


November 09, 2020

Menendez Statement on Worsening Situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the escalating violence in Ethiopia's Tigray region: "I join the growing calls from the international community urging Ethiopia's Federal government and officials in the Tigray region to agree to an immediate ceasefire. The recent violence in Tigray between the two parties is deeply concerning and further escalation could lead to catastrophic los… Continue Reading


November 05, 2020

Menendez Statement on Trump Administration’s Formal Withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump Administration completed the United States' official withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement: "As the American people wait for every one of their votes to be counted, we are painfully reminded that the damage caused by President Trump's failed and morally bankrupt foreign policy will not disappear with his presidency. Withdrawing from the P… Continue Reading


October 30, 2020

Menendez Statement on Violence Surrounding Tanzania’s Presidential Election

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez, (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the wave of violence surrounding Tanzania's presidential election: "The growing reports of deadly violence, intimidation, internet disruptions and electoral fraud surrounding Tanzania's presidential election are a severe blow to decades of democratic gains and aspirations of the Tanzanian people. These events are the culmination of five years of sustained a… Continue Reading


October 29, 2020

Menendez Statement on Trump Administration’s Proposed Rushed Sale of F-35 Jets to UAE

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez, (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump administration submitted an informal notification to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the proposed sale of the F-35 aircraft to the United Arab Emirates: "As feared, the details of this proposed sale suggest President Trump is seeking to rush through an increase of complex weapons systems into a volatile region seemingly without serious con… Continue Reading


October 28, 2020

Menendez Calls for New Sanctions on Russian Military Intelligence Officers for Cyberattacks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is calling on the Trump administration to impose targeted sanctions on five Russian nationals recently indicted by the Justice Department for a series of recent cyberattacks across the world perpetrated to further Russian interests. In a letter addressed to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Ranking Member Menendez urged the administration to counter such threats to American security… Continue Reading


October 28, 2020

Menendez, Castro, Torres Lead Bicameral Call For Accountability Following Trump Administration’s Reckless Immigration Operation in Guatemala

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-Calif.) today led more than 40 of their Democratic Senate and House colleagues in demanding that the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) take immediate action to prevent U.S. immigration authorities overseas from co… Continue Reading


October 27, 2020

Bipartisan Letter Calls for Sanctions on Bangladeshi Battalion for Extrajudicial Killings, Enforced Disappearances, Torture

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) in leading eight of their Senate colleagues in calling on the Trump administration to impose sanctions on senior commanders of Bangladesh's Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), which has reportedly killed more than 400 people extrajudicially since 2015. In a bipartisan letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steve… Continue Reading


October 27, 2020

Menendez Statement on Michael Pack’s Latest Attack on USAGM

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after Michael Pack, CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), repealed the editorial independence firewall rule designed to protect the work of the USAGM's networks and grantees from political interference: "Editorial independence and integrity is a statutorily-mandated component of USAGM's work. This principle sets the networks and grantees apart f… Continue Reading

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