Ranking Member's Press

May 03, 2019

Menendez & Engel Call for Answers on Payment to North Korea for Otto Warmbier Release

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 today called for answers from the Trump Administration regarding reports that the U.S. government committed to paying $2 million to North Korea to secure the release of Otto Warmbier. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, they wrote, "While we of course share a belief that every effort should be made to secure … Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

Senators Menendez, Risch, Markey, and Gardner Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Calling for a Stronger U.S.-Japan Alliance

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, were joined today by Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) in introducing a Senate resolution reaffirming the importance of a close partnership between the United States and Japan. In recognition of the coronation of the new Emperor and the beginning of a new era in Japan, the resolution marks seventy years of the U.S.-Japanese alliance, an… Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Menendez Commemorates World Press Freedom Day with Statement for Senate Record and Bipartisan Resolution

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today submitted the below statement for the Senate record in observance of World Press Freedom Day. Menendez was also joined by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in leading a group of their Senate colleagues to introduce a bipartisan Resolution recognizing the sacrifices that journalists around the world have borne in pursuit of truth and accountability. A copy of Senator Menendez's statement can be… Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Menendez Introduces Bill to Address Past and Future Discrimination against LGBTI Diplomats

WASHINGTON - Forty-six years after President Eisenhower signed an executive order that set the Lavender Scare in motion in April 1953, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last night introduced the Lavender Offense Victim Exoneration Act, or LOVE Act, to recognize the shameful purge of at least 1,000 LGBTI people from the State Department during the 1950s and 1960s; and to protect today's State Department employees from discrimination on the ba… Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Menendez Opening Statement at Hearing on the Humanitarian Impact of the War in Syria

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following remarks at a hearing entitled, "the Humanitarian Impact of Eight Years of War in Syria," with testimony by UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Ben Stiller and International Rescue Committee CEO David Miliband: "Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Let me first join you in honoring the memory of the late Senator Dick Lugar. I was privileged to join the committee while he was chai… Continue Reading


April 26, 2019

Menendez on Pres. Trump Telling NRA he is Cancelling U.S. Participation in Global Arms Treaty

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump announced at the National Rifle Association convention he will cancel the United States' status as a signatory of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a 2014 multilateral arms treaty to regulate international trade of conventional arms. "This is yet another myopic decision that jeopardizes U.S. security based on false premises and fearmongering. Th… Continue Reading


April 26, 2019

Menendez Questions Sec. Pompeo about State Department’s Apparent Decision to Cut Contact with UN Human Rights Experts

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding answers to allegations that the United States has ceased cooperation with the United Nation's top human rights experts, known as Special Rapporteurs. According to publically available data, the Trump Administration has not responded to any requests for UN Special Rapporteurs to make official visits to the United States in the last t… Continue Reading


April 24, 2019

Menendez on 104th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement in observance of the 104th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. "Every April, we come together in solidarity with the Armenian people to remember the 1.5 million victims that perished in the Armenian genocide. This year marks the 104th anniversary of the Ottoman Empire's systematic campaign to exterminate the Armenian population through killings, starvati… Continue Reading


April 22, 2019

In Athens, Senator Menendez Lays out Strategy for Security and Energy Partnership in the Eastern Mediterranean

ATHENS, GREECE - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the 15th Manuel Chrysoloras keynote speech on security cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean. At a speech hosted by the European Public Law Organization (EPLO), Menendez spoke about the geostrategic opportunities for the region and laid out a strategy to promote peace and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean. Menendez is currently traveling through the region prom… Continue Reading


April 17, 2019

Menendez Statement on Announcement to Let Cuban Americans File Suit over Property Confiscated by Cuban Regime

NICOSIA, CYPRUS - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-.N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to an announcement by the Trump Administration that the United States will implement Title III of the LIBERTAD Act. In Section 302 of the law, Congress provided U.S. citizens with verified claims for confiscated properties by the Cuban regime with the ability to pursue litigation in U.S. courts against companies that are conducting business i… Continue Reading


April 12, 2019

Senado Aprueba Resolución Bipartidista Liderada por Menéndez, Durbin y Cruz Apoyando Principios Democráticos en Bolivia

WASHINGTON - El senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), miembro de más alto rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, junto con los senadores Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) y Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) anunciaron que el Senado de los Estados Unidos aprobó por unanimidad su resolución bipartidista en apoyo a los principios y estándares democráticos en Bolivia y en toda América Latina. La resolución reconoce las importantes transiciones a la democraci… Continue Reading


April 12, 2019

Senate Passes Menendez, Cruz, Durbin Resolution Supporting Democratic Principles in Bolivia

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) applauded the Senate for unanimously approving their bipartisan resolution supporting democratic principles and standards in Bolivia and throughout Latin America. The resolution recognizes the importance of peaceful, democratic transfers of power through elections that have taken place in the majority of Latin American countries, and calls on Lati… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Menendez, Risch Statement on Removal of Sudanese President from Power

Washington - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement about the removal of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir from power by the Sudanese military: "We stand in solidarity with the Sudanese people, who for months have taken to the streets to reclaim their country from a ruthless military regime, led by a war criminal that has ruled through fear, violence, and the repression of d… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Menendez Statement on Arrest of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London. "Although Julian Assange may have begun WikiLeaks as an effort to promote transparency, it long ago ceased to be an neutral platform for distributing information. Assange's abuse of his platform to illegally publish thousands of secret U.S. military and diplomatic documents compromised our national … Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

At Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Menendez Delivers Speech about Threats to Democracy across the Globe

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered a speech today at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for an event titled "Democracy Under Assault: How American Foreign Policy Can Rise to the Challenge." Menendez spoke about threats to the liberal international order and the role Congress can play in defending it. "We must show the American people and people around the world that democracy is capable of solving problems … Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

Menendez, Cruz Introduce Bipartisan Senate Resolution Affirming U.S. Recognition of Armenian Genocide

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today introduced a Senate resolution to ensure the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning the Armenian Genocide. Carried out by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923, the Armenian Genocide resulted in the forced deportation of nearly 2 million Armenians, of whom 1.5 million were killed. "As we near the anniversa… Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

Senator Menendez Opening Remarks at SFRC Hearing with Secretary Pompeo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks at a hearing this morning with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the Trump Administration's FY 2020 State Department Budget Request. "Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Welcome, Mr. Secretary, back to the committee. We appreciate you being here. It is something of a cliché to say at hearings like this that we meet at a critical juncture or a co… Continue Reading


April 09, 2019

Menendez, Rubio Introduce Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation to reshape U.S. strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019 would allow the U.S. to fully support the trilateral partnership of Israel, Greece, and Cyprus through energy and defense cooperation initiatives - including by lifting the embargo on arms… Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Menendez, Carper and More than 30 Democratic Senators Warn Pres. Trump against Cutting Funding to Northern Triangle Countries

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Tom Carper (D-Del.), a senior member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today led a group of 34 Democratic senators in sending a letter to President Donald Trump opposing his plan to cut national security funding to Northern Triangle countries. In their missive, the Senators make clear the U.S. Congress already appropriated these funds to advance United States' for… Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Menendez, Rubio, Colleagues Urge Strong Sanctions, Export Controls & Financial Disclosures to Counter Chinese Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and U.S. Representatives James P. McGovern (D-Mass.) and Chris Smith (R-N.J.) led a bipartisan group of 24 Senators and 19 Representatives in a letter urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to swiftly impose Global Magnitsky Act sanctions against Chen Quanguo, Xinjiang Communist Party Secretary… Continue Reading

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