Ranking Member's Press

April 09, 2019

Menendez, Rubio Introduce Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation to reshape U.S. strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean. 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 the embargo on arms… Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Menendez, Carper and More than 30 Democratic Senators Warn Pres. Trump against Cutting Funding to Northern Triangle Countries

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Tom Carper (D-Del.), a senior member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today led a group of 34 Democratic senators in sending a letter to President Donald Trump opposing his plan to cut national security funding to Northern Triangle countries. In their missive, the Senators make clear the U.S. Congress already appropriated these funds to advance United States' for… Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Menendez, Rubio, Colleagues Urge Strong Sanctions, Export Controls & Financial Disclosures to Counter Chinese Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and U.S. Representatives James P. McGovern (D-Mass.) and Chris Smith (R-N.J.) led a bipartisan group of 24 Senators and 19 Representatives in a letter urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to swiftly impose Global Magnitsky Act sanctions against Chen Quanguo, Xinjiang Communist Party Secretary… Continue Reading


April 03, 2019

Menendez, Rubio Lead Bipartisan Group Introducing the VERDAD Act, Comprehensive Legislation to Help Restore Democracy in Venezuela

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced new comprehensive legislation to help restore … Continue Reading


April 02, 2019

Sens. Menendez and Rubio Question Energy Secretary over Approval of U.S.-Saudi Nuclear Cooperation

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), today sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry expressing their concern and asking for clarifications about the Administration's approval of multiple licenses for U.S. companies to sell nuclear energy technology and support to Saudi Arabia. The United States does not have a framework pact for bilateral nuclear cooperation known as a "123 Agreement" with S… Continue Reading


April 01, 2019

Menendez Statement on Presidential Elections in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement following this weekend's first round of presidential elections in Ukraine: "I congratulate the people of Ukraine for a successful election process on Sunday. International election observers affirmed that voters were able to freely exercise their right to choose from a broad choice of candidates the polls, who were also able to campaign freely. As the country … Continue Reading


March 30, 2019

Menendez Reacts to Trump Administration’s Attempt to Cut Foreign Aid to Central America

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement following reports that President Trump ordered the State Department to cut foreign aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador: "If carried out, President Trump's irresponsible decision to cut off our assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras would undermine American interests and put our national security at risk. U.S. foreign assistance is not charity; it ad… Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Menendez Releases Staff Findings Challenging State Department’s Justification for Rescinding Award to Finnish Journalist Jessikka Aro

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released a report prepared by Democratic staff of the Foreign Relations Committee that calls into question the State Department's claims that it rescinded the International Women of Courage (IWOC) award from foreign investigative journalist Jessikka Aro due to an "error," and not because of her public criticism of President Donald Trump. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic st… Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Senate Resolution Condemning Terrorist Attacks in New Zealand

WASHINGTON - In the wake of this month's terrorist attack in New Zealand, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), the Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, were joined by Senators Gary Peters (D-Mi.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in introducing a bipartisan Senate resolution condemning the March 15, 2019 attack in … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Menendez Introduces Resolution Observing the 25th Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced a resolution marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, which killed an estimated 800,000 Rwandans, causing millions to flee the country as refugees. "This April we join with the people of Rwanda and the global community to solemnly commemorate the 25th Anniversary of this terrible moment in history," said Senator Menendez. "As we commend the people and g… Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Menendez Corrects the Record on Trump Administration’s Failure to Fill Key State Department Vacancies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on the Senate Floor today to outline the Trump Administration's failure to nominate qualified individuals for a number of ambassador posts and senior State Department positions. The Senator's speech comes in response to the latest statements the President reportedly made yesterday afternoon when he met with Senate Republicans, where he tried to shift the blame away from himself for hi… Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Menendez, Cotton, and Colleagues Introduce Taiwan Assurance Act

Washington, D.C. - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.), introduced the Taiwan Assurance Act, legislation that would enhance the U.S.-Taiwan relationship and bolster Taiwan's participation in the international community. "Bearing witness to Taiwan's flourishing democracy has been one of my proudest moments… Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Luego de que Militares Rusos Aterrizaran en Caracas, Menéndez Solicita Determinación Sobre Posible Sanciones Rusas para Venezuela, Cuba y Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, hoy envió una carta al Secretario de Estado Mike Pompeo, urgiéndole determinar si los gobiernos de Venezuela, Cuba y Nicaragua deben enfrentar sanciones establecidas por la ley para Contrarrestar Adversarios de América a través de Sanciones (CAATSA, por sus siglas en inglés) por llevar a cabo transacciones sustanciales co… Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

As Russian Troops Land in Caracas, Menendez Pushes Review of Potential Russia Sanctions Violations in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to determine if the governments of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua should face mandatory U.S. sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for conducting significant transactions with the Russian defense and intelligence sectors. With Russian planes and troops landing in Caracas, Venezuela over the w… Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

**VIDEO RELEASE** Menendez Delivers Keynote Remarks at AIPAC Conference

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this morning delivered the concluding remarks at the closing plenary session of the 2019 AIPAC Policy Conference. Below are the Senator's remarks as delivered: "Good morning, and thank you AIPAC! As always, I'm thrilled to address this conference - especially the hundreds of New Jerseyans who are here today, including my dear friend, a tenacious leader and a real mensch, AIPAC Presiden… Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Menendez on Terrorist Attack in New Zealand

NEWARK, N.J. - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding today's terrorist attack in two Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand: "My heart goes out to the families and friends of all those that were so brutally murdered in this act of right-wing terrorist extremism. Places of worship - for all faiths - should be sacred, not targets for misplaced and misguided barbarism by those who convince themselves that act… Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Menendez & Engel to Pompeo: Turn Over Documents on Political Targeting of Career Employees at State Department

WASHINGTON-Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, yesterday denounced the State Department's attempts to obstruct investigations into reports of politically-motivated retaliation against career Department employees. In a letter to Secretary Pompeo, Rep. Engel and Senator Menendez demanded the Department comply with past Congressional requests for information on this matte… Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Menendez, Rubio Request GAO Probe into Executive Branch’s Nuclear Deal Negotiations with Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) formally requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) open a review into the Trump Administration's negotiations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as any negotiation by the executive branch since December 2009, regarding a civil nuclear cooperation agreement. In a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, the senators requested the GAO, a non-par… Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Menendez Opening Remarks at Hearing on U.S.-China Competition

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at the opening of a committee hearing this morning titled "a New Approach for an Era of U.S.-China Competition." "Let me thank Senator Talent and Dr. Mastro for joining us today, and helping us understand one of the biggest foreign policy challenges on our nation's agenda: Dealing with the strategic challenge of a rising - and perhaps risen - China. Wh… Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Menendez Leads 10 Senators in Unveiling Legislation to Thwart Trump Admin Efforts to Twist Climate Change Science and Eliminate its Utility for National Security Planning

WASHINGTON - In response to President Donald Trump's recent efforts to undermine the prudent use of climate change data and forecasting in national security planning and analysis, Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) was joined today by ten other Democrats, including all of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee members, in introducing legislation to ensure that misguided political ideology on climate change does not compromise the quality of U.S. intelligence and national security strategies. … Continue Reading

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