Ranking Member's Press

January 08, 2019

Menendez Statement on Passing of Larry Weinberg

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the passing of former AIPAC President Larry Weinberg. "I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former AIPAC President Larry Weinberg. Larry's dedication to building and maintaining the strong bonds between the United States and Israel through education and engagement was inspiring and has undoubtedly left a lasting impact for generations to come. As a ve… Continue Reading


December 21, 2018

Menendez, Leahy Call for Expulsion Of Top Sudanese Diplomat

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, yesterday sent a letter to President Trump calling for the expulsion and potential sanctioning of the Charge D'Affaires at the Embassy of Sudan in Washington. Citing Mohamed Atta al-Moula's former role as the head of Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), the Senators refer to a well-documente… Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Menendez on the Resignation of Secretary Mattis

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the resignation of Secretary of Defense James Mattis: "Secretary Mattis had a long, distinguished career of service to his nation, and earned the respect of service members and commanders throughout his 44 years of service as a Marine. He came out of retirement to serve the United States once more as Secretary of Defense and we are a grateful nation for his se… Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Menendez: Withdrawal from Syria Without Success is Failure

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered remarks on the Senate floor today in reaction to President Trump's sudden decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, and his persistent failure to hold the Kremlin to account for its misdeeds and aggressions across the world. Below are his remarks as delivered: "Mr. President, yesterday Christmas came early to the Kremlin. First, we have Trump's announcement to pull our… Continue Reading


December 19, 2018

Menendez, Rubio lead Bipartisan Call for Secretary Pompeo to Formally Determine Rohingya Crisis a Genocide

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and a bipartisan group of senators wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asking his agency to formally determine if the Burmese government's campaign of violence against the Rohingya people constitutes a genocide. In their letter, the Senators expressed concern that even after the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the State Department's own contr… Continue Reading


December 17, 2018

Menendez Condemns Decision to Force Central European University out of Hungary

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement on the deteriorating relationship with the government of Hungary after the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban forced the U.S.-accredited Central European University to cease operations in Hungary. "I am very disappointed that the Central European University (CEU), an emblem of Hungary's post-communist freedoms, is being forced to close its operation… Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Ahead of Vote to End U.S. Support of Hostilities in Yemen, Menendez Demands Senate Do More to Recalibrate U.S.-Saudi Relationship

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered a speech on the Senate floor to frame several critical questions about the U.S.-Saudi relationship in the context of America's long-term interests in the region. In explaining his vote in support of a joint resolution to cease American support for the brutal Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, Senator Menendez explained that American backing for the war in Yemen is inconsisten… Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Menendez, Rubio, Durbin, Leahy Introduce Temporary Protected Status Legislation to Support Displaced Venezuelans

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in introducing the Venezuela Temporary Protected Status and Asylum Assistance Act of 2018. The bipartisan legislation seeks to grant Temporary Protected Status for eligible Venezuelans fleeing the dire conditions in their home and to provide support for migration systems in the countries surroundi… Continue Reading


December 11, 2018

Menendez Delivers Floor Speech on COP24 Climate Change Conference Negotiations

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered a speech on the Senate Floor on the ongoing negotiations at COP 24 - the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference - where parties are negotiating the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The Senator criticized the Trump administration for its lack of leadership on climate diplomacy, its persistent climate change denialism and its refusal to engage with the international c… Continue Reading


December 10, 2018

Menendez Honors Life of Human Rights Champion Lyudmila Alexeyeva in Statement for the Senate Record

WASHINGTON - On International Human Rights Day, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, submitted a statement for the Senate record honoring the life and legacy of Lyudmila Alexeyeva, renowned human rights champion in Russia and around the world. "Our world is better because Lyudmila was here. Our world is better due to her vision, courage, and tenacity. And we all have an obligation to carry on her work, not only in support for human rights in Rus… Continue Reading


December 07, 2018

Menendez Calls for Credible Elections in Nigeria in New Senate Resolution

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last night introduced a Senate Resolution reaffirming the Senate's support for democracy in Nigeria and calling on the Nigerian government to take the necessary steps to facilitate elections that are credible, transparent, and peaceful. Nigeria has presidential elections scheduled for February 16, 2019, and gubernatorial and National Assembly elections scheduled for March 2, 2019. "I am introdu… Continue Reading


December 05, 2018

Menendez Lays out Criteria on the Removal of Sanctions on Companies Controlled by Russian Oligarch

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Secretary Steven Mnuchin urging the Treasury Department not to waive or remove sanctions unless certain criteria are met on two companies controlled by Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch who has been sanctioned by the United States and is accused of participating in a wide range of criminal activities. The Senator stated that the two companies, RUSAL and EN+, must remain sancti… Continue Reading


December 04, 2018

VIDEO: Menendez Reacts to Briefing from CIA Director on Saudi Arabia’s involvement in Khashoggi Murder

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke to Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC after CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed a bipartisan group of Senate committee leaders on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Today's briefing comes after there was bipartisan outrage last week over an all-senators briefing by the administration that did not include any intelligence officials. "Before this briefing, I was convinced that we had to … Continue Reading


December 04, 2018

Menendez on the Administration’s Decision to Withdraw from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

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 announced the United States' intention to withdraw from the INF Treaty at the NATO Ministerial Meeting. "Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement today in Brussels that the United States will suspend operations of the INF Treaty in sixty days underscores the Administration's continued lack of a clear strategy to count… Continue Reading


December 03, 2018

Menendez, Reed, Warner Pen Letter to Pres. Trump Urging Against Withdrawing U.S. from INF Treaty

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Donald Trump, Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Mark Warner (D-Va.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, expressed their serious concerns regarding the Administration's expressed intention to pull the United States out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. "While we understand th… Continue Reading


November 30, 2018

Ahead of VP Pence visit to Mexico, Menendez, Leahy, Kaine and Bennet Encourage U.S. Commitment to Improving U.S.-Mexico Relations

WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Michael Bennet (D-Co.) in sending a letter to Vice President Mike Pence encouraging him to use his visit to Mexico to reaffirm U.S. commitment to building a bilateral partnership that advances the prosperity and well-being of the citizens of both nations. "The United States and Mexico share a bond deeper than just … Continue Reading


November 30, 2018

In CSIS Speech, Menendez Addresses Threats to Democracy in Latin America

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) addressing threats to democracy in Latin America, and calling on the Trump Administration to reclaim the United States' status as a champion for democracy abroad. In his remarks, Senator Menendez highlighted the brutality of the regimes in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, as well as other challenges through… Continue Reading


November 29, 2018

Video: Menendez Reacts to Putin Meeting Cancellation, Michael Cohen

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke to CNN's Kate Bolduan and responded to the news that President Trump cancelled his planned meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20. Menendez also reacted to news about Michael Cohen's guilty plea. "This was [President Trump's] opportunity to redeem himself, stand up for American values, stand up for international law, stand up for our own national security interests, and he had tha… Continue Reading


November 29, 2018

Menendez Applauds the Reauthorization of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate unanimously approved a bill to reauthorize the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (H.R. 6651 PEPFAR Extension Act of 2018). The bipartisan legislation incorporates provisions Menendez coauthored to continue to signal Congress' expectation that 10% of PEPFAR will be used to support activities specifically for orphans and vulnerable children. … Continue Reading


November 28, 2018

Menendez Delivers Floor Speech Ahead of Vote on U.S. Military Role in Yemen

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered a speech before the Senate voted to approve J.Res.54 - A joint resolution to direct the removal of U.S. Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. Explaining his support for the resolution, Senator Menendez criticized the Trump Administration's failure to reign in the Saudi Coalition, which has exacerbated the humanitar… Continue Reading

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