Ranking Member's Press

November 19, 2019

Menendez, Rubio, Cardin, Risch Praise Senate Passage of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Jim Risch (R-ID) praised the Senate passage of their Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (S. 1838). The amended bipartisan bill was unanimously reported by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in September. "Today, the Senate takes a momentous step forward in our nation's long hist… Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

Menendez Calls for the Senate to Pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered a statement on the Senate Floor tonight in support of a request for the Senate to immediately pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. Joined by a group of colleagues, Menendez requested a live Unanimous Consent for the Senate to adopt the bipartisan legislation reaffirming the United States' commitment to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Hong Kong. Belo… Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

Bipartisan Leaders of Key Senate Committees Urge New National Security Adviser to Appoint 5G Coordinator

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the bipartisan leadership of several key Senate committees urged President Trump's national security adviser to designate a senior coordinator dedicated to leading the nation's effort to develop and deploy next-generation communications technologies. In a letter to Robert O'Brien, who was appointed as national security adviser in September, the top Republican and Democratic Senators o… Continue Reading


November 15, 2019

As Trump Attacks Ambassador Yovanovitch, Menendez stands up for State Department Officials in Statement for the Senate Record

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a statement for the Senate record offering his support for the career State Department officials testifying before the House of Representatives about the Trump-Ukraine scandal. Menendez praised the selflessness and professionalism of Ambassador Yovanovitch, Ambassador Bill Taylor, and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent, who have faced smears and innuendo from the President and his… Continue Reading


November 14, 2019

Menendez Statement on Latest IG Report Documenting Political Targeting of State Department Employees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement today on the latest report by the State Department Office of the Inspector General (OIG) regarding allegations of politically-motivated retaliation against career Department employees in the Office of the Secretary of State. The OIG found that improper considerations played a role in a personal action against at least one employee. "The growing body of evidence ab… Continue Reading


November 14, 2019

Menendez Questions Twitter, State Department Following Arrest of Alleged Saudi Arabia Spy Ring at Twitter

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent two separate letters regarding accusations that Twitter employees illegally passed sensitive information about prominent Saudi dissidents to agents of the Saudi government. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid Menendez, Menendez called on the State Department to answer questions about the actions the Trump Administration is taking … Continue Reading


November 14, 2019

Menendez Resolution to Recognize Armenian Genocide Blocked on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate Floor, requesting the unanimous consent of the Senate to pass his Resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham objected to the request, blocking the Senate from passing the Resolution affirming the historical facts of the genocide 104 years after it occurred. CLICK TO WATCH "The United States' foreign policy… Continue Reading


November 13, 2019

Menendez Raises Human Rights Concerns as King of Spain Visits Cuba

WASHINGTON -Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today sent a letter to King Felipe VI of Spain regarding the King's ongoing visit to Cuba. In the letter, Senator Menendez expressed his continued concern for the Cuban government's human rights record. "Your visit to Cuba occurs at a moment when the Cuban regime has arbitrarily jailed and tortured leading democracy activist, Mr. Jose Daniel Ferrer, the head of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU… Continue Reading


November 13, 2019

Menendez Lists Top 10 Questions for Trump-Erdogan Meeting

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered a speech on the Senate Floor ahead of President Trump's welcoming of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House on Wednesday. Listing 10 issues that President should raise around the Trump-Erdogan meeting, Menendez once again made the case for a fundamental recalibration of the U.S.-Turkey relationship based on its aggressive behavior in the region and the dramatic back… Continue Reading


November 13, 2019

Declaración Conjunta de los Senadores Menéndez, Durbin y Cruz acerca de la Crisis en Bolivia

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango en el Comité de Relaciones Exteriores, y los Senadores Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) y Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) realizaron la siguiente declaración conjunta en reacción a los recientes eventos desencadenados tras la renuncia de Evo Morales a la Presidencia de Bolivia: "A principios de este año, el Senado de los Estados Unidos aprobó nuestra resolución reconociendo los logros del prim… Continue Reading


November 13, 2019

Joint Statement by Senators Menendez, Durbin, and Cruz on Crisis in Bolivia

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) issued the following joint statement in reaction to the crisis in Bolivia following the resignation of Evo Morales as President: "Earlier this year the U.S. Senate passed our Resolution recognizing the achievements of Bolivia's first indigenous president, but also warning about unchecked power and the dismantling of democratic institut… Continue Reading


November 12, 2019

SFRC Democrats Warn Trump Administration against Punishing State Department Officials Testifying in Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON - With three senior State Department officials scheduled to testify during the first week of public hearings on the Trump-Ukraine scandal, Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today called on two top ranking officials in the Department to step up during the current leadership crisis at the agency, make statements of support for the personnel, and commit to no retaliation against the career public servants risking their careers and reputations due to the Trump-U… Continue Reading


November 11, 2019

Menendez Expresses Concern Ahead of EU’s Final Decision on Labeling of Food Products Imported from Israel

NEWARK - With the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) set to soon issue its final decision about labeling of food products imported from Israel, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to E.U. Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis to express his concerns. The CJEU ruling will impact whether the EU could require Member States to label products made by Israeli-owned companies in Jerusalem, including in the Jewish Quarter of t… Continue Reading


November 07, 2019

Senator Menendez Releases Report Detailing How the Trump Administration Knowingly Endangered TPS Recipients and Their Families for Political Gains

WASHINGTON - A Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic staff report released Thursday and commissioned by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the Committee's ranking member, details how the Trump Administration intentionally ignored warnings about risks to U.S. national security and the safety of nearly 400,000 Salvadoran, Honduran, and Haitian TPS recipients. Senior diplomats at all levels of the State Department and the U.S. Embassies in the three countries repeatedly warned Trump Admini… Continue Reading


November 07, 2019

Sens. Menendez and Murphy Introduce Privileged Resolution to Trigger Mandatory Examination of Turkey’s Human Rights Abuses in Syria

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East, today introduced a privileged resolution to require Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to detail the extent of Turkey's human rights abuses in Syria. The effort sets up a fast-tracked debate and vote in the Senate to assess the U.S.-Turkey relationship based on Ankara's human rights re… Continue Reading


November 05, 2019

Menendez Makes Case for Recalibrating U.S.-Turkey Relationship Under Erdogan

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered a speech on the Senate Floor making the case for a recalibration of the U.S.-Turkey relationship based on its aggressive behavior in the region and the dramatic backsliding of democracy under President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an. "Our strongest allies should be those in NATO, those who have made a treaty commitment to mutual defense. Those who share our values. Those who work in concert w… Continue Reading


November 04, 2019

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

WASHINGTON - 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 initiated the one-year process for the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement. While the President announced his intentions to pullout on June 1, 2017, today was the first opportunity to formally request the United States be removed from the global agreement. "Despite more than two years … Continue Reading


November 04, 2019

EVENT: “Playing Politics with Humanitarian Protections”

You are invited: On behalf of Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), we would like to invite you to a Congressional briefing on Thursday, November 7, 2019 on a new report being published by the SFRC Democratic Staff. The report, titled "Playing Politics with Humanitarian Protections", is the culmination of an SFRC investigation commissioned by Ranking Member Menendez into the State Department's role in the Trump Administration's politiciz… Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

Senate Approves Menendez Resolution Reaffirming the Importance of the United States-Japan Alliance

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, applauded the Senate's passage of his bipartisan resolution reaffirming the vital role of the bilateral alliance between the United States and Japan in promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. "For over 70 years, the partnership between the United States and Japan has played a vital role in ensuring peace, stability, and economic development in Asia and … Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

Menendez to Deputy Secretary of State: Is it ever appropriate for the President to use his office to solicit investigations into a domestic political opponent?

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today questioned Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan on his views and role in the Trump-Ukraine scandal. The Senator's questions came as part of a committee hearing considering Sullivan's nomination to be Ambassador to the Russian Federation. CLICK HERE TO WATCH Key excerpts of Senator Menendez's questions for Secretary Sullivan below: On President Trump coercing a foreign g… Continue Reading

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