Ranking Member's Press

October 02, 2019

Menendez Calls on Secretary Pompeo to Recuse Himself from All Matters Related to Ukraine

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to immediately recuse himself from all Ukraine related-matters given his direct conflict of interest in the Trump-Zelensky scandal. "There are serious questions concerning your role in the leveraging of U.S. security assistance - taxpayer dollars - to advance President Trump's personal and political agenda," wrote Menendez. "The American people ne… Continue Reading


October 02, 2019

Senators Menendez, Cruz introduce Senate Resolution Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD HI-RES PHOTOS Menendez visited Raj Ghat, India, today in observance of the national holiday WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), introduced a Senate Resolution celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2nd, 1869. The Bipartisan Resolution lays out Gandhi's decades-long struggle for Indian independence from Great Britain, and his pioneering of n… Continue Reading


October 01, 2019

Menendez Questions VP Pence and Sec. Perry’s Role in Trump-Ukraine Controversy

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today raised a series of questions to Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry about whether they played any role in pushing President Trump's personal political agenda in Ukraine, including pressuring Ukrainian President Zelensky to bolster Trump's 2020 election prospects. Citing the summary of the President's call with President Zelensky and the whistleblower complaint, th… Continue Reading


September 30, 2019

Weeks Before Pres. Trump Can Officially Withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement, SFRC Democrats Insist U.S. Remain in Fight against Global Warming

WASHINGTON - With less than 40 days until President Trump can officially begin to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accords, Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Ranking Member, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), led the full Democratic membership of the SFRC in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo once again calling on the Trump Administration to provide valid justification for the United States' withdrawal from the international accord. "Climate change is an existential … Continue Reading


September 30, 2019

Menendez Op-Ed: Trump Betrayed U.S. Moral Leadership. So Congress Had to Act

WASHINGTON - In an Op-Ed for the Washington Post, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today marked the one-year anniversary of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. In recommitting himself to hold accountable those responsible for the death of Mr. Khashoggi, Menendez condemned the Trump Administration for betraying U.S. moral leadership, stonewalling Congressional efforts to seek justice for the murder, and its continued attacks on our nation's demo… Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Menendez to Sec. Pompeo: When Did You Know and What Did You Do about Pres. Trump’s Foreign Interference Effort?

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today demanded Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explain what actions he and the State Department took when they became involved in President Donald Trump's coercion of a foreign leader to investigate his domestic political opponents. In a letter requesting the Secretary immediately testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ranking Member Menendez posed a series of critical natio… Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

***VIDEO*** Menendez Reacts to Pompeo Subpoena; Calls on Secretary to Appear Before Senate and Produce Documents

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke to CNN's Wolf Blitzer following the issuance of a subpoena by three House committees to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over his refusal to produce critical documents related to President Donald Trump's coercion of a foreign leader to investigate his domestic political opponents. "We have the President of the United Stated perverting and corrupting the use of his power to get a foreign governm… Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Menendez Calls Out Republican Hypocrisy for Using Venezuelans as a Political Pawns

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stopped a Republican poison pill that would gut the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for all beneficiaries. Senator Menendez countered by requesting Unanimous Consent for the full Senate to immediately approve House-passed legislation (H.R. 549) that provides TPS for eligible Venezuelans in the United States. This effort was blocked by Republican Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.). In … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Leading Democrats Respond to Trump Falsehoods on Ukraine

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following joint statement in response to President Trump's reference to a letter they sent to the General Prosecutor of Ukraine in 2018 raising their concerns that the Trump Administration could unduly pressure Ukraine into obstructing the Mueller investigation by withholding funding: "President Trump is desperate to divert attention from his abuse of power. We wrote to the Ukrainian prosecutor gener… Continue Reading


September 25, 2019

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Resolution in Remembrance of the 25th Anniversary of the AMIA Jewish Community Center Bombing in Argentina

Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, issued the following statement after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved their bipartisan resolution in remembrance of the 1994 bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 25th anniversary marked the dead… Continue Reading


September 25, 2019

Republicans Block Senate Passage of Menendez Bill on Ukraine

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today attempted to unanimously pass new comprehensive legislation to ensure Congress and the American people get a full accounting of how President Trump leveraged security assistance to Ukraine for his personal gain. Full Senate passage of Menendez's Ukraine Foreign Assistance Integrity and Accountability Act of 2019 was blocked by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho). Men… Continue Reading


September 24, 2019

Ranking Member Menendez Demands Investigation into Trump Administration’s Hold on Foreign Aid to Ukraine and Efforts to Spur Investigation of Political Opponents

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this morning sent a series of letters demanding an urgent and full investigation into the Trump Administration's efforts to block nearly $400 million in security assistance to Ukraine and whether the Administration sought to extract commitments from the Ukrainian government to take action against President Trump's political opponents-a move that would bolster the President's 2020 election prospe… Continue Reading


September 23, 2019

Menendez Outlines Enhanced Congressional Oversight Following Trump’s Pressuring of Ukraine to Interfere in the 2020 Presidential Elections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on the Senate Floor this afternoon in response to reports that President Trump and his Acting Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, withheld hundreds of millions in security assistance to Ukraine until they opened an investigation intended to bolster the President's 2020 election prospects. Menendez announced a series of Congressional actions to get to the truth behind the allegations of abu… Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Foreign Relations Committee Delays Consideration of Darrell Issa after Menendez Raises Serious Outstanding Vetting Issues

WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations committee today postponed the consideration for the nomination of Darrell Issa to be Director of the United States Trade and Development Agency after Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) outlined a series of pending vetting issues for two of the nominees testifying before the committee this morning. Today's hearing was convened over the objection of Ranking Member Menendez and all other Democrats on the Committee, breaking decades of Committee biparti… Continue Reading


September 18, 2019

Menendez Statement at Senate Hearing on U.S.-Colombia Relations

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered remarks at a subcommittee hearing titled, "U.S.-Colombia Relations: New Opportunities to Reinforce and Strengthen Our Bilateral Relationship." On Sunday, September 22, 2019, Menendez will host Colombian President Iván Duque in New Jersey for a public community forum to discuss opportunities to advance the U.S.-Colombia partnership with New Jersey's vibrant Colombian-American co… Continue Reading


September 18, 2019

Menendez, Rubio, Gardner, Durbin, Coons, Introduce Bill to Reauthorize U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Act of 2019 (USCIRF). Among other things, the bill reauthorizes USCIRF for four years and increases authorized appropriations. "Religious freedom is a fundamental human right, which U. S. foreign policy champions. The U.S. … Continue Reading


September 18, 2019

Menendez Opening Statement at Senate Hearing on Hong Kong and Indo-Pacific Region

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at the start of a hearing titled, "U.S. Policy in the Indo-Pacific Region: Hong Kong, Alliances and Partnerships, and Other Issues." "Thank you for joining us today Assistant Secretary Stilwell. Almost three years into the Trump Administration it is nice to have a confirmed Assistant Secretary finally in place. I think you'll find a great deal of agreement… Continue Reading


September 14, 2019

Menendez, Romney Joint Statement on Tunisia Elections

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Chairman of the Subcommittee On Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, And Counterterrorism, issued the following statement regarding Tunisia's upcoming elections: "On September 15, for the second time since the 2011 revolution, Tunisians will participate in free and fair presidential elections. This will be followed by the October 6 parliamentary elections. Whi… Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Menendez, Senate Democrats Call on the Trump Administration to Help Combat Devastating Fires in Brazilian Amazon

WASHINGTON - As the Brazilian Amazon continues to be ravaged by tens of thousands of fires, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of his Senate Democratic colleagues in calling on the Trump Administration to intensify U.S. support and diplomatic engagement with Brazil to better address the environmental crisis. In two separate letters, Democratic Senators outlined the urgency for the United States to do more to help combat… Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Menendez Leads Democratic Senators in Introducing Temporary Protected Status for The Bahamas

WASHINGTON - Following reports that the Trump Administration will refuse to grant temporary protections to Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harri… Continue Reading

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