Ranking Member's Press

February 07, 2019

As Deadline for Admin’s Khashoggi Investigation Nears, Menendez, Young, Reed, Graham, Shaheen, Collins, Murphy Introduce Saudi Arabia Accountability and Yemen Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.)-along with Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)-today introduced the Saudi Arabia Accountability and Yemen Act of 2019, comprehensive legislation to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the murder of U.S. resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the Saudi-led coalition fo… Continue Reading


February 07, 2019

Menendez on INF Treaty Withdrawal

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today submitted the following statement for the Senate record regarding President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty: "Mr. President, I rise today to express my deep concerns regarding President Trump's suspension of U.S. participation in the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and decision to withdraw from the … Continue Reading


February 04, 2019

Menéndez, Durbin y Cruz Presentan Resolución Bipartidista en Apoyo a Principios Democráticos en Bolivia

WASHINGTON - El senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), miembro de más alto rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, junto con los senadores Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) y Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) presentaron una resolución bipartidista en apoyo a los principios y estándares democráticos en Bolivia y en toda América Latina. La resolución reconoce las importantes transiciones a la democracia y las transferencias pacíficas de poder a travé… Continue Reading


February 01, 2019

Menendez, Durbin, Cruz Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Supporting Democratic Principles in Bolivia

WASHINGTON -Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, was joined by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) in introducing a bipartisan resolution supporting democratic principles and standards in Bolivia and throughout Latin America. The resolution recognizes the important transitions to democracy and the regular peaceful transfers of power through elections that have taken place in the majority of Latin American countries, and call… Continue Reading


February 01, 2019

***ICMYI*** Menendez Op-Ed: Grant TPS to Venezuelans in the U.S., and Support Those in Their Country Hoping for Democracy’s Return

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today wrote an op-ed in the Miami Herald, urging President Trump to use economic and political tools to support Venezuelans in their struggle against the regime of Nicolás Maduro, and to offer Temporary Protective Status (TPS) to Venezuelans taking refuge in the United States. In the column, the Senator warns against a military intervention involving U.S. troops and announces comprehensiv… Continue Reading


February 01, 2019

Menendez Statement on Trump Administration’s Withdrawal from Nuclear Treaty

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced its decision to suspend U.S. participation in the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. "The Russian Federation brazenly violated the INF treaty and has been unwilling to take the steps necessary to come back into compliance. Through its actions, the Kremlin bears responsibility for the degradation of the Interm… Continue Reading


January 30, 2019

Menendez on Reports that No US. Officials Were Present for Trump-Putin Discussions at the G-20

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Financial Times reported on Tuesday that President Trump spoke with Vladimir Putin during the G-20 summit in November 2018 with no U.S. official or translator. "This new information about the President's unprecedented secrecy around his meetings with Putin is deeply disturbing. Does anyone in the U.S. government know what they discussed? Does anyone ha… Continue Reading


January 29, 2019

Menendez, Inhofe, Senators Urge Taiwan Participation in WHO

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), co-chairs of the U.S. Senate Taiwan Caucus, introduced S. 249 today, legislation calling for the Secretary of State to develop a strategy for Taiwan to regain observer status in the World Health Organization ahead of its annual global assembly later this year. They were joined by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), John Boozman (R… Continue Reading


January 28, 2019

Menendez Statement on New Sanctions Against Maduro Regime

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Treasury Department announced it would block the assets and property of Venezuelan state oil company PdVSA that are subject to U.S. jurisdiction. "I strongly back efforts by the United States to use economic and political pressure to support the restoration of democracy in Venezuela," said Menendez. "However, given the potential implications of this an… Continue Reading


January 25, 2019

Menendez Writes to Pompeo on Safety of U.S. Diplomats in Venezuela

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, requesting specific details about the State Department's security assessment and contingency plans for American diplomats in Venezuela. The senator's letter comes after senior members of former President Maduro's regime made threatening remarks about the U.S Embassy in Caracas, and media reports suggested that some U.S. personnel had been or… Continue Reading


January 24, 2019

Menendez Blasts Trump Admin’s Refusal to Sanction Russia for Chemical Weapon Attack

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding the Trump Administration comply with a U.S. law requiring further sanctions on Russia for its use of chemical weapons in the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, England. The Senator's letter comes after the State Department officially determined Russia's involvement in the use of chem… Continue Reading


January 23, 2019

Menéndez y Rubio Expresan Su Apoyo al Presidente Provisional de Venezuela

Los senadores Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), miembro de Más Alto Rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, y el senador Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Presidente del Subcomité de Relaciones Exteriores para el Hemisferio Occidental, emitieron la siguiente declaración en apoyo a Juan Guaidó como presidente provisional de Venezuela: "En un día histórico como el 23 de enero, que marca el 61º aniversario de la caída de una dictadura mili… Continue Reading


January 23, 2019

Menendez, Rubio Joint Statement in Support of Venezuela’s Interim President

WASHINGTON - Senators 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 Committee's Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, issued the following statement in support of Juan Guaidó as the Provisional President of Venezuela. "On a historic day marking 61 years since the overthrow of a military dictatorship, the people of Venezuela are once again taking to the streets to defend their huma… Continue Reading


January 18, 2019

SFRC Dems to Pompeo: What was State Department’s Role in and Knowledge of Trump-Putin Meetings?

WASHINGTON -Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led by Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to identify the specific State Department officials, including interpreters, who may have relevant information or records on the five private meetings between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Senators' letter follows a series of news reports that indicate there may be little to no official reco… Continue Reading


January 17, 2019

Menendez Questions State Department & USAID’s Plan to Circumvent Trump Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced it would order State Department and USAID employees to return to work by reprogramming allocated funds to pay for their salaries during President Trump's government shutdown. "There is no doubt that President Trump's temper tantrum over his wall and his pointless government shutdown continues to create a real risk for U.S. … Continue Reading


January 16, 2019

Menendez, Reed Seek Proof that Trump Kept Records of his Meetings with Putin

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 sent a letter to the White House requesting confirmation that President Trump properly preserved all records of his communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The senators also requested that the White House permit Congress to interview the interpreters present at President Trump's meetings wi… Continue Reading


January 16, 2019

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 bipartisan Senate Concurrent Resolution reaffirming 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, and gubernatorial and National Assembly elections scheduled for March 2. "I along with a b… Continue Reading


January 16, 2019

Menendez Statement on Terror Attack in Nairobi

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Tuesday's terror attack in Kenya, where gunmen stormed a luxury hotel complex in the capital city of Nairobi, killing at least fifteen people, including one American. "I condemn in the strongest terms yesterday's terror attack on Nairobi's Dusit hotel complex, where at least fifteen people were reportedly killed, including one American, Jason Spindler of N… Continue Reading


January 16, 2019

Menendez Statement on Death of U.S. Troops in Terrorist Attack in Syria

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the U.S. military confirmed several U.S. service members were killed during an explosion while on patrol in Syria today. "My deepest sympathies go out to the families of the U.S. Service members killed in a brutal suicide bombing in Manbij. The fight against ISIS is clearly not over, and as we await more details on the circumstances of this tragic attack,… Continue Reading


January 11, 2019

Menendez Expresses Concerns About the Political Contest in DRC

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement expressing concerns about the political contest in the Democratic Republic of Congo resulting from the December 30, 2018 presidential elections. "I congratulate the Congolese people who actively participated in the long overdue presidential elections at the end of last year, and admire their patience for official results. I join others with concerns about a lack… Continue Reading

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