Ranking Member's Press

March 16, 2020

Menendez Calls on Pompeo to Answer for State Department’s Shortcomings in Response to Spread of Novel Coronavirus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called upon Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to immediately rectify the State Department's slow and deficient response to the coronavirus pandemic. Citing specific examples of leadership mismanagement and shortcomings around the Department's response to the outbreak, Menendez called on Secretary Pompeo to increase transparency about the impact coronavirus is having on the Department to … Continue Reading


March 16, 2020

Menendez Statement on the Departure of USAID Administrator Mark Green

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to the announcement that United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green will step down from his post next month: "Administrator Green has worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people to promote thoughtful, sensible, and comprehensive policies to advance U.S. foreign policy objectives. Faced by an Administ… Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Senate Democrats Call on EU to Sanction “Putin’s Chef” citing Concerns about Russian Meddling in 2020 Election

WASHINGTON - Leading national security senators today called for an immediate increase in joint U.S.-E.U. diplomatic and economic isolation efforts of Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, a Russian oligarch and longtime Putin crony widely known as a driving force behind the Kremlin's malign influence abroad. In a letter to Ambassador of the European Union to the U.S. Stavros Lambrinidis, a group of five leading senators requested the European Union substantially increase pressure to deter Prigozhin ah… Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Menendez Opening Statement at Committee Hearing on Assad's Campaign against the Syrian People

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this morning delivered opening remarks at a full committee hearing titled "Nine Years of Brutality: Assad's Campaign Against the Syrian People." Testifying at today's hearing where Syrian Military Defector known by his codename "Caesar", Omar Alshogre, Director of detainee issues for the Syrian Emergency Task Force, and Raed Al Saleh, Head of the Syria Civil Defense (White Helmets). CLIC… Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

***PHOTO RELEASE*** Leading Democrats Meet with OAS Secretary General Almagro

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, and Congresswoman Donna Shalala (Fla.-27) issued the following statement after meeting with Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro: "It was a pleasure to again welcome Secretary Almagro to the U.S. Capitol to discuss the most critical iss… Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

Menendez Calls on Commerce Department to Stop U.S. Companies from Buying Goods Made by Uyghur Forced Laborers

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross calling on his department to take steps to prevent American companies and consumers from buying goods produced by forced labor in Xinjiang, China. The Chinese government has implemented a repressive system of surveillance and mass internment against millions of Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and members of other Muslim minority groups-and ofte… Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Menendez Speaks at AFL-CIO on his Newly Released Report on Assessing Labor Rights and Safety in Bangladesh’s Garment Factories

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks yesterday at an event to release a new report produced by his staff on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, investigating labor rights and worker abuses in Bangladesh. Menendez spoke at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington with AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. Menendez's remarks can be found below: "President Trumka, thank you for that kind introduction a… Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Menendez Marks International Women’s Day Elevating Plight of 25 Women Political Prisoners

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement marking International Women's Day and calling attention to the many women around the world who have shown courageous leadership and have been detained by their governments as a result. The Senator will submit his full statement into the Senate Record. "Today, I want to highlight twenty-five women who have risked their lives, withstood torture, and been unjustly de… Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Menendez, Rubio, Cruz, Cardin, Scott Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Las Damas De Blanco

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ben Cardin (D-Md), and Rick Scott (R-Fla), ahead of the commemoration of International Women's Day, introduced a resolution (S. Res 531) honoring Las Damas de Blanco, a women-led peaceful nonviolent movement in support of freedom and human rights in Cuba, and calling for the release of all political prisoners in Cuba. These courageous women gather and march every Sunday in the streets of Havana carry… Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

At AFL-CIO, Senator Menendez Releases Report Assessing Labor Rights and Safety in Bangladesh’s Garment Factories

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released a new Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic Staff report investigating the treatment of garment workers, labor rights, and factory safety in Bangladesh. At an event with AFL-CIO's President Richard L. Trumka, Menendez discussed the fight for freedom of association and workers' rights at home and around the world before unveiling the comprehensive report, which comes nearly… Continue Reading


March 03, 2020

Menendez, Cruz, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Expressing Support for the People of Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a Senate resolution (S. Res 525) shortly after the two-year anniversary of the enactment of the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA), expressing continued support for the people of Nicaragua as they fight to restore democracy. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), David Perdue (R-G… Continue Reading


March 03, 2020

Menendez Statement on Iran’s Increased Stockpile of Enriched Uranium

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding a new International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report that found Iran has increased its stockpile of enriched uranium to five times what it had in July 2018, as well as documenting Iran's concerted obstruction of IAEA officials from accessing suspected nuclear sites: "It is incredibly disturbing to see Tehran's decision to rapidly increase its stockpile… Continue Reading


March 03, 2020

Menendez Delivers Keynote Remarks at AIPAC Policy Conference

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered a keynote address at the closing plenary for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual policy conference, where he spoke about the future of the U.S.-Israel relationship. CLICK TO WATCH Below are the Senator's full remarks as delivered: "Good morning! There may be one or two other things happening in the world, both here and in Israel, making headlines today… Continue Reading


March 02, 2020

Menendez Asks Pompeo if Turkey’s Purchase of Russian Weapons Counts Toward NATO Obligations

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seeking the Trump Administration's clarification whether Turkey's purchase of the Russian S400 air defense system will be counted towards Turkey's pledge to increase defense spending under its NATO obligations. After President Trump repeatedly pressured and publicly shamed NATO members to swiftly increase their defense spending to 2% of gross domes… Continue Reading


February 28, 2020

Menendez and Reed Oppose Potential U.S. Withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing their concerns about the Trump Administration's expected withdrawal of the United States from the Open Skies Treaty, a key part of America's international arms control strategy. The Open Skies Treaty allows the 34 signatory countries, including… Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Menendez Statement on Deadly Delhi Riots

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the deadly riots in Delhi: "I am deeply concerned about the impact and consequences resulting from the shocking communal violence that unfolded in Delhi this week, particularly as it relates to India's democracy and human rights. On Sunday, clashes erupted between supporters and opponents of the Citizenship Amendment Act, which I have previously warned th… Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Menendez & Engel Expand Investigations into Politically-Motivated Retaliation at the State Department

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, earlier this week took further steps in their investigation into reports of politically-motivated retaliation against employees at the State Department. Over the past year, the Committees' investigations, as well as two State Department Inspector General reports from 2019, found that top Administration officials improp… Continue Reading


February 25, 2020

Senators Menendez, Cardin Discuss New GAO Report on Lack of Diversity in the State Department

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today convened a Congressional briefing on the public release of a new GAO report titled "State Department: Additional Steps are Needed to Identify Potential Barriers to Diversity." As co-requesters of the report, Menendez and Cardin addressed a room of government officials and other interested parties about the challenges to building and maintaining a State Depa… Continue Reading


February 24, 2020

Menendez, Schumer, Brown Demand Secretaries Mnuchin And Pompeo Use Authority Congress Granted Them In 2017 and Executive Orders To Immediately Impose New Sanctions On Russia For Reported Ongoing Efforts To Interfere in U.S. 2020 Election

In New Letter To Secretaries Mnuchin And Pompeo, Senators Schumer, Menendez, And Brown Urge President Trump To Act On Reported Intelligence Community Consensus That Russia Is Actively Engaged In Election Interference + Identify And Target For Sanctions Those Responsible The Senators' Letter Comes On Heels Of President Trump's Reported Rejection Of Intelligence Community Consensus That Russia Is Engaged In Election Interference, and His Refusal To Impose Needed Sanctions Senate Dems Say Mnuchi… Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Menendez Statement on Situation in Idlib, Syria

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding the humanitarian crisis and risk of escalation in Syria's Idlib province. "The unthinkable horrors unfolding in Idlib, Syria have been years in the making. More than 900,000 civilians have fled from the frontlines since December 1, most of whom are women and children. The Syrian regime and Russian aircraft are continuing to hammer civilians and refugees tr… Continue Reading

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