Ranking Member's Press

July 23, 2019

Ahead of Partisan Meeting at White House, Foreign Relations Committee Democrats Urge Pres. Trump to Work with Both Parties to Sanction Turkey for Purchase of Russian S400 Missile System

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a letter to President Trump from all of the Democrats on the Committee, urging him to impose sanctions on Turkey for its decision to accept delivery of the Russian S400 air defense system, and to engage with Democrats on this critical national security issue. Despite bipartisan support for sanctions-including from members of the Administration-President Trump has chosen to exclude Dem… Continue Reading


July 18, 2019

***PHOTO RELEASE*** Senators Menendez and Risch Meet with Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz MK of Israel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, welcomed Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz MK of Israel to the U.S. Capitol. "It was a pleasure to welcome Foreign Minister Katz to the U.S. Capitol. I greatly appreciated the opportunity to engage in frank and open dialogue about challenges facing the region as well as the United States' unwavering and bipartisan support for the state of Israel," said Ran… Continue Reading


July 18, 2019

Menendez, Rubio, Colleagues Introduce Resolution in Remembrance of the 1994 Bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association Jewish Community Center

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman of the of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, were joined by senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Todd Young (R-Ind.) in introducing a bipartisan Senate resolution remembering the 25th Anniversary of the bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) Jewish Community Center in Bu… Continue Reading


July 17, 2019

Menendez Commemorates Fifth Anniversary of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Downing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, issued the following statement marking the five years since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down by pro-Russian separatists while flying over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. "On this day five years ago, 298 innocent civilians were killed when Russian government-backed separatists shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine. The victims included peo… Continue Reading


July 16, 2019

Menendez, Durbin Statement on President Trump’s Refusal to Designate Venezuela for TPS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after the Trump Administration, in a letter from controversial Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Ken Cuccinelli, stated that it will not designate Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). In March, Menendez and Durbin led a bipartisan group of 24 Senators in a letter t… Continue Reading


July 12, 2019

Bipartisan Leadership of Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees Condemn Turkey S-400 Acquisition

WASHINGTON - In response to news that Turkey began receiving the first shipment of the Russian S-400 surface-to-air-missile system, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and today released the following statement: "By accepting delivery of the S-400 from Russia, President Erdogan has cho… Continue Reading


July 11, 2019

Senators Menendez, Moran Introduce Bipartisan Resolution in Support of Falun Gong

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Jerry Moran (R-K.S.) introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution expressing solidarity with Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual discipline based upon universal principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. The resolution condemns the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Communist Party of China's oppression of Falun Gong practitioners, including the practice of … Continue Reading


July 11, 2019

Senators Menendez, Cruz Call for Additional Sanctions Against Nicaraguan Government Officials, Including Daniel Ortega

WASHINGTON -Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senator Ted Cruz (R-T.X.) in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's ongoing efforts to silence his critics and promote impunity for human rights abuses. Citing new reports on the worsening political crisis in Nicaragua, the senators identify a series of Nicaraguan government officials - including President Ortega himself - … Continue Reading


July 10, 2019

Menendez Opening Remarks at Hearing on Trump Admin’s Abuse of Emergency Declaration for Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at the opening of a hearing titled, "Defense Cooperation: Use of Emergency Authorities Under the Arms Export Control Act": "Mr. Chairman, thank you for holding this hearing today to examine the appropriate role of Congressional oversight on arms sales. It is important that any President and any administration-and this one in particular-respect Congress as a co-eq… Continue Reading


July 09, 2019

Ranking Member Menendez Concludes Travel to Colombia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, travelled to Colombia last week to assess opportunities to advance the U.S.-Colombia partnership. In his first visit to Latin America in the 116th Congress, Menendez focused on the implementation of the Colombian peace accord, counternarcotics cooperation, human rights and labor rights issues, and the impact of the Venezuelan crisis on Colombia. In Cartagena, Senator Menendez met with Colombia… Continue Reading


July 09, 2019

Menendez Statement on Greek Elections

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement following Greece's general elections on July 7, 2019. "I warmly congratulate Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the New Democracy party on their victory in Sunday's election in Greece. I wish the Prime Minister and the people of Greece my best wishes as the new government takes office. The strong bond between our countries has so much possibility and I look f… Continue Reading


July 08, 2019

Menendez Questions Intent and Impact of Trump Admin’s New Commission on Unalienable Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally launched a new Commission on Unalienable Rights within the State Department. Described as a new body to advise the Secretary of State on human rights in U.S. foreign policy, the Trump Administration's new body will purportedly provide "fresh thinking about human rights" and propose reforms of human rights discourse… Continue Reading


July 02, 2019

Menendez Demands Investigation into Reports that UAE Illegally Gave US Arms to Libyan Militants

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in response to a New York Times report about the United Arab Emirates' alleged transfer of US-origin Javelin missiles to the insurgent Libyan militia led by Khalifa Haftar. Senator Menendez demanded that the State Department's Inspector General immediately conduct a full investigation and stated that the State Department may be obligated to termina… Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

Following Latest Chummy Meeting with Putin, Menendez Demands Trump Admin Preserve All Records for Congressional Oversight

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this morning demanded the Trump Administration take the necessary steps to preserve all records related to any meeting or interaction between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. In separate letters to President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo, Menendez requested all preparatory materials, notes, transcripts, readouts, memoranda, communications, and o… Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Menendez Statement on Situation in Tunisia Following Suicide Attacks

WASHINGTON -Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi was rushed to the hospital following twin suicide attacks in the capital city of Tunis. "In the wake of today's terror attacks and concerning news regarding President Essebsi's health, we must continue to stand with the Tunisian people as they continue their fight against terrorism and continue building a democratic, incl… Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Menendez Statement on Senate Voting to End Arms Restrictions against Cyprus

WASHINGTON -Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate included a provision to lift the decades-old arms restrictions against the Republic of Cyprus as part of the final FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) approved today. The lifting of these restrictions is an important part of a broader initiative to reshape the United States' strategy in the eastern Mediterranean region being spearheaded … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Menendez Clarifies Defense Authorization Bill Cannot be Misinterpreted by Trump Admin as an Authorization for War

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J., Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke on the Senate Floor as the Senate continues to debate the fiscal 2020 defense authorization bill. In outlining his support for an amendment reiterating the ability of the U.S. Armed forces to defend themselves, Menendez made clear President Trump will still need the Senate Foreign Relations Committee-- and Congress as a whole-- to issue an Authorization for Use of Military Force … Continue Reading


June 26, 2019

Menendez, Democrats Call on Trump to Help Venezuelans by Granting them Temporary Protected Status

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of 20 senators in writing a letter to President Trump, urging his administration to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelans fleeing the political, economic, and humanitarian crisis in their home country. Established by the U.S. Congress through the Immigration Act of 1990, TPS is a renewable program that provides relief from deportation and access to a work permit… Continue Reading


June 26, 2019

Menendez, Whitehouse, Sullivan Launch New Bipartisan Effort to Combat Marine Debris

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign relations Committee, Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) today led colleagues from both sides of the aisle in launching a new effort to combat marine debris. At a news conference this morning in the Senate Radio-Television Gallery, the Senators unveiled the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act to address the plastic debris crisis that threatens coastal economies and harms marine life. The Save Our Seas… Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

Menendez Bill to Reshape U.S. Strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean Approved by Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved legislation authored by Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J), which would update the United States' strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean to meet new challenges and opportunities in that region. 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 t… Continue Reading

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