Ranking Member's Press

October 30, 2019

Menendez Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing for U.S. Ambassador to Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following opening remarks this morning at a committee hearing for the nomination of the Honorable John Joseph Sullivan to be Ambassador to the Russian Federation. "Our State Department is on the front lines of our national defense. They are patriots charged with achieving our goals through diplomacy, not conflict. Never in my 27 years [in Congress] have I seen the Depa… Continue Reading


October 29, 2019

Menendez Calls for Hatch Act Review Into Pompeo Travel to Kansas

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), formally requesting an immediate review to determine whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from using their official positions to participate in partisan political activities. The Senator's letter comes after Secretary Pompeo has used State Department resources to make … Continue Reading


October 29, 2019

Menendez and Engel Raise Alarms About Administration Failures to Constrain Russian Nuclear Forces

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Foreign affairs Committee, today expressed deep concerns about the Trump Administration's nuclear strategy and approach to the New START Treaty, a critical agreement that places constraints on Russia's strategic nuclear arsenal. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the lawmakers underscored that the Department currently lacks the senior s… Continue Reading


October 27, 2019

Menendez Statement on Death of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died during a military raid in Syria led by the United States: "Today, we come together to congratulate our men and women in uniform who successfully executed the attack on a brutal murderer who mercilessly killed Americans, terrorized populations across the Middle East, and threatened regional peace and security. Last… Continue Reading


October 25, 2019

Top Senate National Security Democrats Slam Trump for Trying to Pay for Border Wall with Defense Funds to help Deter Russian Aggression

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today sent a letter to President Trump fiercely opposing his plan to pay for his border wall using money meant to help our European allies deter Russian aggression. Nearly $1.3 billion, including $700 million designated by Congre… Continue Reading


October 25, 2019

Senator Menendez Statement and Video in Observance of Diwali

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the celebration of Diwali: "I join the millions of Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs in New Jersey and around the world who are celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights. During my recent trip to India, I had the pleasure of taking an extensive tour of the Akshardham Temple in Delhi, which was a testament to the devotion of the BAPS community and a reminder of the … Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Ranking Member Menendez Concludes Trip to India

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, travelled to India earlier this month to assess and advance the partnership between the United States and India. Visiting Delhi, Agra, Chandigarh, Amritsar, and Mumbai, Menendez met with senior government officials, businesspeople, and religious leaders. The Ranking Member's agenda included meetings on U.S.-India cooperation on international trade, promotion of human rights and religious freedo… Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

Fact Sheet: DOD Certified that Ukraine Met Corruption Benchmarks

TRUMP-UKRAINE SCANDAL Fact Sheet: DOD Certified that Ukraine Met Corruption Benchmarks The Claims: President Trump and senior administration officials have claimed that security assistance to Ukraine was held up because they were concerned the assistance would be diverted. For example: Trump said, "why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?" [Roll Call, 9/23/19]. Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said that "the corruption in the country" was one of three key reasons… Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

Menendez on Pres. Trump’s Lifting of Sanctions on Turkey

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after President Donald Trump announced he would lift U.S. sanctions on Turkey: "As if clearing the way for a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Syrian Kurds wasn't enough, President Trump seems determined to keep handing political and military victories to Russia and Syria, kowtowing to Turkey, and opening the door for further Iranian expansion in the regi… Continue Reading


October 22, 2019

Menendez Opening Statement at Hearing on Crisis in Northern Syria

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks at a hearing titled: "Assessing the Impact of Turkey's Offensive in Northeast Syria." Testifying before the committee were Ambassador James F. Jeffrey, Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and Matthew A. Palmer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affair… Continue Reading


October 20, 2019

***ICYMI*** On ABC’s This Week, Menendez Reacts to Sec. Pompeo Interview, Discusses Crisis in Syria and Trump-Ukraine Scandal

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appeared today on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos to discuss pressing international affairs issues including the ongoing crisis in northern Syria and the latest on the Trump-Ukraine scandal. Ranking Member Menendez also provided his immediate reaction to an interview with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in which the Secretary defended the Trump administration's 120-hour "ceasefire" f… Continue Reading


October 17, 2019

Menendez Warns Trump Against Using his Golf Resort to Host G7 Summit

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to President Trump stating his opposition to the decision announced by White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to host next year's G7 summit at one of Trump's own properties, potentially allowing his companies to profit from an official United States government event. "At a time when the U.S. role as a global leader is hanging by a thread-marred by your actions with regard … Continue Reading


October 17, 2019

Foreign Relations Committee Leaders Announce New Comprehensive Syria-Turkey Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced they are partnering to introduce new comprehensive legislation in response to Turkey's military incursion into northern Syria and attack on America's partners in northeast Syria, including the Kurds. The bipartisan legislation, which will be introduced soon, will require the administration to produce a strategy to defend our hard-won gains a… Continue Reading


October 16, 2019

Menendez Questions State Dept. Official about Trump, Giuliani Effort to Free Iran Sanctions Violator

WASHINGTON - At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing examining the Trump Administration's Iran policy, Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) confronted U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State, Brian Hook, about President Trump's reported efforts to help Rudy Giuliani secure the release of an Iranian-Turkish gold trader, his role in these efforts, and the implications for the integrity of U.S. sanctions. CLICK HERE TO WATCH In 2017… Continue Reading


October 16, 2019

Menendez Demands Details of Trump- Erdogan Call that led to U.S. Troop Withdrawal

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today requested that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo provide details regarding President Trump's recent phone call with Turkish President Erdogan on October 6th, which led to the President's agreement to withdraw U.S. troops from northeastern Syria. Allowing for a Turkish military incursion in the area, President Trump's decision set off a cascade of destabilizing and chaotic events, weakening ou… Continue Reading


October 16, 2019

Menendez Opening Remarks at Hearing Examining US-Iran Policy

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks at a committee hearing this morning titled, "An Examination of US-Iran Policy." Menendez used his remarks to elevate a request from all committee Democrats for Chairman Risch to allow the Committee to convene hearings on the Trump-Ukraine scandal, and also to highlight President Trump's reported directive for the State Department to coordinate with Rudy G… Continue Reading


October 15, 2019

Menendez, Young, Engel, McCaul Introduce Joint Measure Opposing Decision on Northern Syria

WASHINGTON- Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.), Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Representative Michael T. McCaul (R-Texas), the Committee's Ranking Member, today introduced a bicameral, bipartisan measure opposing the decision to allow the Turkish military to attack America's Syrian Kurdish partners. The resolution calls on the White House to put forward… Continue Reading


October 13, 2019

Menendez Statement on Pres. Trump’s Reckless Withdrawal of U.S. Forces from Northern Syria

ELIZABETH, N.J. - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper announced on Sunday that President Donald Trump had ordered the full withdrawal of U.S. forces from northern Syria: "With this withdrawal, President Trump is further weakening the United States' position on the global stage, actively weakening our national security and further undermining our credibility with partners and… Continue Reading


October 11, 2019

As State Dept. Morale Plummets, Menendez Demands Accountability from Pompeo on Employee Retaliation

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called on Secretary Pompeo to seek the resignation of Assistant Secretary Kevin Moley, head of the Bureau of International Organization Affairs (IO), for his targeting of career public servants at the State Department based on their perceived lack of loyalty to President Trump. In August, the State Department Inspector General (OIG) released a scathing report outlining Moley and other poli… Continue Reading


October 10, 2019

Ten Senators Call on Pompeo to Explain Dismissal of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine and Stand Up for Whistleblowers

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of ten of his Senate Democratic colleagues in seeking answers from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the Trump Administration's politically-motivated removal of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie "Masha" Yovanovitch. In light of Ambassador Yovanovitch's scheduled deposition to Congress, the Senators' letter calls on Secretary Pompeo not to impede her testimony in the H… Continue Reading

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