Ranking Member's Press

October 02, 2018

Menendez, Leahy Blast Pompeo for Trying to Pay Mexico to Deport Migrants with State Dept. Funds

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing their deep opposition to the Trump Administration's decision to divert $20 million dollars allocated for foreign assistance to advance its anti-immigration agenda by paying for the deportation of up to 17,000 migrants from Mexico to third countries… Continue Reading


September 26, 2018

Menendez, Young Call on Pompeo to Provide Rohingya Genocide Determination to Congress

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, noting that a State Department report released this week documented atrocities committed by the Burmese military against the Rohingya but did not specifically define the atrocities as genocide or crimes against humanity. The Senators wrote, "We ask that you provide a formal legal determination regarding the actions of the Burmese military to Congress withou… Continue Reading


September 26, 2018

Foreign Relations Committee Passes Menendez Sanctions Bill on Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved legislation authored by Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), imposing targeted sanctions on Nicaraguan government officials responsible for human rights violations and calling for a negotiated solution to the country's ongoing crisis. Approved by a voice vote, the amended version of the Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act of 2018 (S. 3233) includes restrictions on lending to the Ortega government by international fina… Continue Reading


September 26, 2018

Menendez, Albright OpEd: Lift the refugee cap, Mr. Trump. America needs more.

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright today penned an op-ed for USA Today calling on President Trump to reverse his decision to cut the number of refugees allowed to the United States for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 to a new low of 30,000. "As a refugee who fled from fascism and communism in Europe and became America's Secretary of State, and as the son of immigrants forced to flee Cuba who is now a U.S. Senator, we find it impossible to be coldly … Continue Reading


September 25, 2018

Menendez on President Trump’s U.N. General Assembly Speech

WASHINGTON-Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on President Trump's remarks before the U.N. General Assembly: "President Trump's second address before the United Nations was yet another missed opportunity to express moral clarity and promote American values and leadership on the global stage. The President's focus on nationalism continues to leave America alone and alienated from the very allies we nee… Continue Reading


September 25, 2018

Menéndez Lidera Grupo Bipartidista de Senadores Con Proyecto de Ley Integral para Abordar Crisis Humanitaria y Colapso de Gobernabilidad en Venezuela

WASHINGTON, D.C. - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Miembro de Alto Rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores, y los Senadores Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Bill Nelson (D-Florida), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), y Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) anoche presentaron el Proyecto de Ley para Alivio Humanitario de Venezuela, Reconstrucción, y Estado de Derecho de 2018… Continue Reading


September 25, 2018

Menendez, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Sweeping Legislation to Address the Humanitarian Crisis and Collapse of Governance in Venezuela

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Bill Nelson (D-Florida), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) last night introduced the Venezuela Humanitarian Relief, Reconstruction, and Rule of Law Act of 2018, a comprehensive bill that will expand humanita… Continue Reading


September 21, 2018

Ahead of UN Meeting, Menendez Calls on Pompeo to Release Rohingya Report

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last night sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to make public the State Department report detailing the atrocities the Myanmar government committed against the Rohingya people, and to refer the findings of the report for appropriate legal determination and action. Releasing the report now, during the ongoing session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), is an opp… Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Menendez Calls on Trump Admin to Provide Unclassified Report on Attacks Against U.S. Diplomats in Cuba

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting that the Trump administration provide an unclassified version of the State Department's recent Accountability Review Board (ARB) report on the incidents affecting the health of U.S. personnel serving in Cuba. "I believe that an unclassified version of the ARB report is crucial to ensure that both Congress and the Executive are fully i… Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Menendez Opening Remarks at Hearing on U.S.-Russia Arms Control Efforts

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following statement at today's committee hearing on the status of U.S.-Russia Arms Control efforts. "Thank you Mr. Chairman for convening today's hearing as part of a series of hearings on the U.S. policy towards the Russian Federation. Arms control efforts to reduce the risk of nuclear war and limit Russia's nuclear forces are vital for maintaining and strengthening U.S.… Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Menendez Blasts Trump Administration for Lowering Refugee Cap

WASHINGTON - 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 on Monday afternoon the Trump administration will cut the number of refugees allowed to the United States for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 to a new low of 30,000. "At a time when we should be defending our values ??and ideals as Americans and working to alleviate the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, it is truly … Continue Reading


September 17, 2018

Menendez Calls on Trump Administration’s to Clarify U.S. Policy on Syria and Russia’s Role

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 calling on the Trump Administration to clarify its policy with regard to Russia's involvement in Syria. The Senator also expressed the urgent need for a clear strategy to preempt the humanitarian crisis caused by the forces of Assad and Putin during their anticipated offensive in the province of Idlib. Below are the Senator's r… Continue Reading


September 12, 2018

Menendez Statement on Election Interference Executive Order

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to President Trump's signing of an Executive Order authorizing the imposition of additional sanctions against foreigners who attempt to interfere in U.S. elections. "I look forward to reviewing the contents of the administration's executive order," said Senator Menendez. "It is outrageous that it has taken 21 months for President Trump to begin to res… Continue Reading


August 24, 2018

Menendez, Shaheen Formally Request Relevant Documents and Interpreter Notes for Trump-Putin Summit

WASHINGTON - Over a month after President Trump's meeting and press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, where he accepted Putin's election meddling denial over American intelligence agencies, top Senate Democrats today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally requesting all relevant documents to clarify if and what commitments the President made during the secretive and lengthy meeting. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Commit… Continue Reading


August 23, 2018

Menendez Marks One Year Anniversary of Burma’s Ethnic Cleansing Campaign Against Rohingya

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today submitted the below statement for the Senate record marking the one-year anniversary of the campaign of the Burmese military's campaign of violence and terror on Rohingya civilians. "Last August, the world watched in horror as Burma's military launched an ethnic cleansing campaign of rape, arson and mass murder against the Rohingya. Despite the Burmese military's claims that thei… Continue Reading


August 22, 2018

Menendez Leads SFRC Democrats in Advising Sec. Pompeo Against Lowering Refugee Cap

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led his Democratic colleagues on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to decimate the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and undermine a critical U.S. foreign policy tool. In advance of a Presidential Determination that could reduce the already historically low level of refugee admissions, the Senators sent a letter urging the Secretary to support poli… Continue Reading


August 22, 2018

Menendez Statement on El Salvador Severing Ties with Taiwan

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the government of El Salvador decided to break diplomatic ties with Taiwan and establish formal relations with China. "I am deeply concerned by the decision of the Salvadoran government -under intense pressure from Beijing-to sever ties with Taiwan. El Salvador's decision continues a troubling trend in the region, as the Salvadorans are now the third countr… Continue Reading


August 17, 2018

Menendez on Trump Administration’s Decision to End Syria Stabilization Assistance

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced on Friday it is ending $230 million in foreign assistance funds appropriated by Congress for stabilization projects in Syria. "I am dismayed to see President Trump sprinting down the path of abdicating American leadership on the global stage. By ending U.S. contributions to stabilization efforts in the most vulnerable Syr… Continue Reading


August 16, 2018

Menendez Opening Remarks at Nomination Hearing for Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, delivered the following opening remarks at today's hearing on the nomination of Ambassador David Hale to the position of Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs. "Thank you Mr. Chairman, and let me join you in once again welcoming Ambassador Hale before the Committee. Few diplomats have served our nation as ably and honorably as Ambassador Hale in some of our most critical dip… Continue Reading


August 15, 2018

Menendez on Pres. Trump’s Decision to Ignore Congressional Directive on Non-recognition of Russia’s Illegal Annexation of Crimea

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, published the below reaction to President Trump's dismissal of Congressional limitations in the FY19 Defense Authorization bill on recognizing Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea. "This signing statement is troubling because, yet again, the President is showing the world he cannot be trusted when it comes to standing by U.S. commitments and promoting our interests over his own. Congress agre… Continue Reading

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