Ranking Member's Press

October 27, 2020

Menendez, Cornyn Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Designate Uyghur Human Rights Abuses by China as Genocide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and John Cornyn (R-Texas) yesterday introduced a bipartisan resolution to designate human rights abuses perpetrated by the People's Republic of China against the Uyghur people and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) as genocide. The resolution would hold China accountable under the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the… Continue Reading


October 23, 2020

Menendez Introduces Resolution Calling on Government of Tanzania To Ensure Free and Fair Elections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced a Senate resolution calling on the Government of Tanzania and all parties to ensure free and fair elections ahead of the country's October 2020 electoral cycle. Since President John Magufuli's election in 2015, Tanzanians have witnessed significant erosions of political rights. "The upcoming elections in Tanzania represent an opportunity for the Government and people of … Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

Menendez, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Require Reviews of Azerbaijan’s and Turkey’s Human Rights Abuses

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Bob Casey Jr. (D-Penn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) today introduced two resolutions to require Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to detail Azerbaijan's and Turkey's human rights abuses throughout the south Caucasus, within their own countries, and, in Turkey's case, in Syria, Iraq, and Libya.… Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

Senate Democrats Denounce Trump Administration’s Historically Low Refugee Resettlement Goal and Push for Increased Admissions

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by 22 of his Senate Democratic colleagues in opposing the Trump administration's proposal to cap refugee admissions at 15,000 for Fiscal Year 2021-the lowest ceiling in the history of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP)-and in urging the administration to increase refugee admissions. "The United States has a long, bipartisan legacy of providing refugees protection thro… Continue Reading


October 21, 2020

Menendez Statement on the Nigerian Government’s Crackdown on Peaceful Demonstrators

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the Nigerian government's response to peaceful protests calling for an end to police brutality: "I condemn the shooting of innocent civilians in Nigeria, and call for an immediate transparent investigation into the alleged actions of the military. I stand in solidarity with Nigerians who are peacefully calling for police reforms and an end to government corrup… Continue Reading


October 21, 2020

Menendez Publishes New Report Cataloging Trump’s Foreign Policy Legacy of Chaos, Neglect, and Diplomatic Failures

WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic Staff today published a comprehensive report commissioned by Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) documenting the damage caused by President Trump's failed foreign policy and his unprecedented assault on America's exceptionalism on the global stage. Titled The Cost of Trump Foreign Policy: Damage and Consequences for U.S. and Global Security, the report draws from interviews with dozens of former U.S. government officials, foreign … Continue Reading


October 20, 2020

Menendez, Rubio, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Rejecting the Upcoming Fraudulent Legislative Elections in Venezuela

Washington, D.C. - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a Senate resolution condemning the Maduro regime's ongoing efforts to hold fraudulent legislative elections scheduled for this December. The upcoming fraudulent elections will fail to meet minimal democratic standards and are a direct attack against the nation's National Assembly, the only remaining democratically-elected institution in Venezuela… Continue Reading


October 20, 2020

Menendez, Feinstein Introduce Secure F-35 Exports Act of 2020

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today introduced the Secure F-35 Exports Act of 2020, legislation to reassert Congressional oversight over the sale of sophisticated and mission-critical American military systems. The new legislation comes against the backdrop of the Trump administration's efforts to rush the sale of the United States' most advanced fighter aircraft to the United Arab Emi… Continue Reading


October 20, 2020

Menendez Statement on Reported U.S.-Russia Deal on Strategic Arms Control

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement following reports of a potential short-term arms control agreement between the United States and Russia: "If the reports are correct, I welcome the news that the Trump administration has adopted Democrat's position on strategic arms control. "As we have repeatedly told President Trump for years, it is in the national interest of the United States to extend the N… Continue Reading


October 19, 2020

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Menendez to Publish Report Cataloguing Damage Caused by Trump’s Failed Foreign Policy

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will convene a virtual conversation on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 11:30 AM EDT to unveil a new report being published by the SFRC Democratic Staff. Entitled "The Cost of Trump's Foreign Policy: Damage and Consequences for U.S. and Global Security," the report was commissioned by Ranking Member Menendez to provide a comprehensive examination by Congress of the Trump administration's dangero… Continue Reading


October 16, 2020

Menendez Statement on Turkey’s Reported Test of S-400 Air Defense System

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in reaction to reports that the Turkish military has begun testing S-400 air defense systems purchased from Russia: "Today's test by Turkey of the Russian-made S-400 air defense system is a stark reminder that Ankara is not deterred by simple meek pleas coming from the Trump administration. Erdogan only responds to actions, not words. In July 2019, Turkey t… Continue Reading


October 16, 2020

Menéndez Revela Deportaciones Secretas de la Administración Trump a Venezuela

Expulsión de Venezolanos usando vuelos indirectos pudo violar la ley y la política de los Estados Unidos Deportaciones subrayan la hipocresía de la administración Trump hacia las víctimas del régimen de Maduro WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, hoy exigió a la Administración Trump que rinda cuentas sobre deportaciones secretas de … Continue Reading


October 16, 2020

Menendez Reveals Trump Administration’s Stealth Deportations to Venezuela Via Third Countries

Indirect Flights May Have Circumvented U.S. Law and Policy, Deportations Highlight Trump Administration's Hypocrisy Towards the Victims of the Maduro Regime WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is demanding that the Trump Administration answer questions about stealth deportations of Venezuelan nationals during fiscal year 2020 in a possible violation of U.S. law and policies. Menendez called on the Administration to immedia… Continue Reading


October 15, 2020

Menendez, Colleagues Call on Library of Congress to Recognize Armenian Genocide Despite Trump Administration’s Denial

"Given that the role of the Library of Congress is to inform Congress and the public, we would submit that the Library has an obligation to describe historical events like the Armenian Genocide in the most historically accurate manner." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), C… Continue Reading


October 13, 2020

Menéndez Publica Reporte Revelando que DHS Participó en Operativo Migratorio en Centroamerica

Senador revela que agentes migratorios de Estados Unidos alquilaron camionetas sin identificación en Guatemala para trasladar a familias migrantes de regreso a la frontera entre Guatemala y Honduras Menéndez urge a los Inspectores Generales que investiguen al Departamento de Seguridad Nacional por mal uso de fondos del Departamento de Estado, violar un acuerdo entre los dos departamentos, tratar de ocultar la existencia de la operación y permitir que el Departamento de Est… Continue Reading


October 13, 2020

Menendez Publishes Report Exposing DHS Involvement in Reckless Overseas Operation

Senator reveals U.S. immigration agents rented unmarked vans in Guatemala to haul migrant families back to Guatemala-Honduras border Ranking Member Menendez calls on Inspectors General to investigate how DHS misused State Department funds, violated a written agreement between the two departments, tried to hide the existence of the operation, and caused the State Department to provide misleading information to Congress WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic staff toda… Continue Reading


October 11, 2020

Menendez Statement on International Day of the Girl Child

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement in observance of International Day of the Girl Child to call attention to the increasing vulnerabilities and threats to gender equality that girls face due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "On International Day of the Girl Child, we celebrate the more than 1.1 billion girls around the world who will become the next generation of leaders and change-makers. Th… Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

Senate Democrats Urge President Trump to Stop Erdogan from Violating UN Security Council Resolutions Regarding Varosha

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined today by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) in voicing grave concerns over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's announced intention to open the beach in Varosha, Cyprus, in violation of several United Nations Resolutions and longstanding polic… Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

Menendez, Reed on National Security Implications of Trump Administration’s Rushed Sale of F-35 Jets to UAE

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez, (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today are calling on the Trump Administration to explain in detail how it will deal with specific national security risks inherent in the Administration's proposed sale of the F-35 aircraft to the United Arab Emirates. "There are numerous questions as to how the national security interests of both the U.S. … Continue Reading


October 08, 2020

Menendez, Booker Lead Call for IG Investigation into Racial Targeting of U.S. Diplomats at Border Crossings

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today were joined by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) in calling on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) to open a formal investigation into allegations of racism, racial targeting, and harassment of U.S. government officials by Trump administration Customs and Border… Continue Reading

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