Ranking Member's Press

January 29, 2020

Menendez Calls for Focus on Facts During Question Phase of Trump’s Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today hosted a press conference in the U.S. Capitol to discuss the latest on the ongoing impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Flanked by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Menendez outlined what he expects to learn as the trial enters the question-and-answer phase this afternoon. "When we start questionin… Continue Reading


January 29, 2020

***VIDEO RELEASE*** Menendez Asks Impeachment Managers to Explain Trump’s Sudden Concern with Corruption in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked the following question during today’s question and answer phase of the impeachment trial:  “President Trump has maintained that he withheld U.S. security assistance to Ukraine because he was concerned about corruption.  Yet, his purported concern about corruption did not prevent his Administration from sending congressionally-appropriated assistance to Ukraine more than 45 times betw… Continue Reading


January 29, 2020

***VIDEO RELEASE*** Menendez Asks Impeachment Managers How We Hold Future Presidents Accountable if Trump Can Claim Absolute Privilege

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today asked the following question during today's question and answer phase of the impeachment trial. He was joined by Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii): "If the Senate accepts the President's blanket assertion of privilege in the House impeachment inquiry, what are the consequences to the American people? How will the Senate ensure that the current presid… Continue Reading


January 28, 2020

Menendez Demands Pompeo Reinstate NPR’s Participation in His Upcoming Trip

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to the news that the State Department would deny a National Public Radio correspondent a seat aboard Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's plane for his forthcoming trip to Europe and Central Asia. The decision is the latest escalation from the Trump Administration after an NPR report from Mary Louise Kelly revealed Pompeo shouted and swore at her for askin… Continue Reading


January 28, 2020

Senators Menendez, Reed Raise Heightened Diplomatic and Military Risk Posed by Trump Admin’s Failure to Finalize Defense Cost-Sharing Deal with South Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, raised their concerns with the Trump Administration's failure to reach a deal determining South Korea's new financial contributions to help pay for the current level of American military troops stationed in the Korean peninsula. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, t… Continue Reading


January 27, 2020

Menendez Seeks Additional Info from State Department about Saudi Hack of Jeff Bezos’ Phone

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week seeking answers about allegations that the government of Saudi Arabia hacked and attempted to extort Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post. Senator Menendez, who has previously warned about Saudi Arabia's use of technology to target perceived opponents of Crown Prince Mohamad bin Salman, asked the State Department… Continue Reading


January 27, 2020

Menendez & Engel Statement on a Two-State Solution

Washington- Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs today made the following statement: "As longtime supporters of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship and the two-state solution, we welcome any effort that will help advance those goals. "Israel and the United States share important values, including support for democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. These value… Continue Reading


January 25, 2020

Senators to Sec. Pompeo: Your Insults and Attacks on NPR Journalist are Beneath the Office of the Secretary of State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing serious concerns about an official State Department statement issued earlier today attacking NPR's All Things Considered co-host Mary Louise Kelly. The Secretary's statement follows an NPR report from Kelly which reve… Continue Reading


January 24, 2020

Leading Senate Dems Demand Delay of Trump Admin Limits on Travel of Pregnant Women

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined tonight by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding the Trump … Continue Reading


January 24, 2020

SFRC and HELP Leadership Statement on Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Briefing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), ranking members and chairmen of the the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, respectively, today released the following statement after holding an all-senator briefing with top administration health officials regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak that was first detected in Wuhan, China: "We are monitoring t… Continue Reading


January 17, 2020

Menendez, Inhofe, Senators Send Letter Congratulating Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Reelection

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, led a letter today congratulating President Tsai Ing-wen on reelection as President of Taiwan. They were joined by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Shelley M… Continue Reading


January 17, 2020

Menendez Blasts Trump Admin for Loosening Export Controls on Semi-Automatic Arms and Sniper Rifles for Export

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 formally announced on Friday that it was moving forward with its plans to drastically weaken U.S. firearms export regulations despite the Senator's official hold. The move, which was being blocked by Menendez over concerns that the Trump Administration wanted to dilute congressional oversight of foreign sales of lethal weapons, lo… Continue Reading


January 16, 2020

As Senate Impeachment Begins, Menendez Calls for Rigorous Investigation of Marie Yovanovitch Security Risk

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke today with CNN's Poppy Harlow about the Senate's impeachment trial of President Trump. The Senator also provided a reaction to the latest revelations from Rudy Giuliani's associate about the apparent surveillance of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Yesterday, Menendez wrote a letter to the State Department demanding a briefing on the matter. CLICK HERE TO WATCH In … Continue Reading


January 15, 2020

Menendez Demands Immediate Briefing Following Menacing Text Messages Suggesting Amb. Yovanovitch was Stalked by Giuliani Associates

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter demanding the State Department immediately brief him about what Secretary Pompeo and the State Department knew regarding any threats to the safety of U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. The Senator's letter follows the release of new evidence as part of the House impeachment investigation. The evidence includes threatening text messages from Rudy Giuliani's associates sug… Continue Reading


January 14, 2020

National Security Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Develop 5G Alternatives to Huawei

WASHINGTON - Today, a bipartisan group of leading national security Senators introduced legislation to encourage and support U.S. innovation in the race for 5G, providing over $1 billion to invest in Western-based alternatives to Chinese equipment providers Huawei and ZTE. Heavily subsidized by the Chinese government, Huawei is poised to become the leading commercial provider of 5G, with far-reaching effects for U.S. economic and national security. With close ties to the Communist Party of Chi… Continue Reading


January 14, 2020

Menendez Expresses Concern about India’s Citizenship Amendment Act

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to express his serious concerns about India's Citizenship Amendment Act and the potential for the establishment of a National Register of Citizens. The Citizenship Amendment Act seeks to give citizenship to most religious minority groups in the country except for Muslims. Meanwhile, a National Register could require all Indians to provide documents… Continue Reading


January 13, 2020

Save Our Seas 2.0 Act Passes Senate Unanimously

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate today voted unanimously to pass the Save Our Seas (SOS) 2.0 Act, S. 1982, legislation introduced by Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) , Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to address the plastic debris crisis threatening coastal economies and harming marine life. SOS 2.0 builds on the success of the Save Our Seas Act, introduced by Senators Sullivan and Whitehouse, and signed into law by President Trump in October 2018. "As marine debris and plasti… Continue Reading


January 11, 2020

Menendez Statement on Passing of Sultan Qaboos of Oman

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the passing of Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman: "I extend my deepest condolences to the royal family and friends of the Sultan and all those in mourning in Oman. One of his greatest legacies will be a strong and enduring partnership between the United States and Oman. We stand in support as the country transitions to new leadership under Haitham bin Tariq … Continue Reading


January 11, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Statement on Elections in Taiwan

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and co-chair of the U.S. Senate Taiwan Caucus, issued the following statement regarding the election results in Taiwan: "I would like to extend my congratulations and best wishes to Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen on her re-election. Taiwan's vibrant democracy is a tribute to the aspirations of the people of Taiwan, and an inspiration for those who strive for the freedom of speech and assembly, … Continue Reading


January 10, 2020

Menendez, Engel, Risch, McCaul Seek Answers about World Bank Hiring Practices Concerning Employees from Taiwan

Washington-Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and Representative Michael T. McCaul (R-Texas), the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee today requested an explanation about the World Bank Group (WBG) telling employees with Taiwan passports that their employmen… Continue Reading

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