Ranking Member's Press

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


March 12, 2019

Menendez, Blumenthal, Swalwell Introduce Bicameral Journalist Protection Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.-15), introduced the Journalist Protection Act to make physical attacks and threats of such attacks against journalists a federal crime. Today's bill introduction comes at the beginning of Sunshine Week, when we recognize the importance of free and unfettered access to information. A free press is critical in helping to shine light on our government and illuminate the c… Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

On International Women’s Day, Menendez Statement Highlights Women Political Prisoners

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement marking International Women's Day and recognizing the many women and girls around the world who are being wrongfully imprisoned by their governments. "On International Women's Day, we reflect on the enormous contributions women make worldwide to their communities and their countries across every aspect of society including justice, politics, culture, peacebuildi… Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

On the 12th Anniversary of Bob Levinson’s Captivity, Menendez, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Assist Americans Held Hostage or Unlawfully Detained Abroad

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lead a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues in introducing a bill today to improve the U.S. government's efforts to bring back Americans held hostage or unlawfully detained abroad. The Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-taking Accountability Act bolsters programs to address hostage-taking, and gives the United States government new tools to rescue hostages and punish their captors. T… Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Senator Menendez, Congresswoman Clark, Colleagues Announce Bicameral Reproductive Rights are Human Rights Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, ahead of International Women's Day, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Representative Katherine Clark (MA-5), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, Representative Barbara Lee (CA-13), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and leading reproductive health and human rights organizations and activists announced bicameral introduction of the Reproductive Rights are Human Rights Act. The legislation would require th… Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Menendez Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing for U.S. Ambassadors to Saudi Arabia and Iraq

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following opening remarks at this morning's hearing for the nominations of John Abizaid to be ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and Matthew Tueller to be ambassador to Iraq: "General Abizaid, Ambassador Tueller, thank you both for your past service, and thank you both for signing up to serve in two complex countries with which the United States has critical security partnerships… Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

As Venezuela’s Humanitarian Situation Worsens, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce TPS Legislation to Support Venezuelans Fleeing Maduro Regime

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations, was joined by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in introducing the Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Act of 2019, a bill to immediately grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible Venezuelans fleeing the dire conditions in their home country and to strengthen migration systems in the countries surrounding Venezuela. "… Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Menendez Reacts to Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this morning spoke to CNN's Jim Sciutto to give his reaction after the Hanoi summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was ended abruptly. "What we saw in Hanoi was amateur hour with nuclear weapons at stake and the limits of reality TV diplomacy," said Senator Menendez, in reaction to President Trump walking away from the two-day summit after being unab… Continue Reading


February 27, 2019

Menendez Leads Bipartisan Group of Senators Demanding Answers about Alleged Saudi and UAE Arms Transfers to Extremist Groups

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan group of his Senate Foreign Relations Committee colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, regarding recent media reports that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) transferred U.S. origin weapons to dangerous Yemeni militias, including groups aligned with al Qaeda. If accurate, Saudi Arabia and th… Continue Reading


February 27, 2019

Menendez Opening Statement at SFRC Hearing Examining the Role of the U.S. in the World

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks at today's committee hearing titled: Assessing the Role of the United States in the World: "Mr. Chairman, thank you for holding this hearing and thank you to our distinguished witnesses. I believe it is critically important for this Committee to maintain an active role in assessing the United States' role in the world, understanding the Administration's p… Continue Reading


February 26, 2019

Menendez Announces Hold on Trump Admin’s Proposed Move to Weaken Regulatory Control over U.S. Guns Sales Abroad

WASHINGTON- Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing his concern about a proposal to drastically weaken firearms export regulations, and announcing he will not allow the proposed rules to move forward unless the State Department fully addresses the dangerous and far-reaching implications of this proposal prior to its taking effect. In a move designed to stifle Congressional oversight and w… Continue Reading


February 15, 2019

Senate Passes Menendez Resolution Calling for Credible Elections in Nigeria

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate unanimously approved his bipartisan 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. "The United States Senate has clearly signaled that it is c… Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

Democratic Senators Request Briefing on Trump Admin.’s Failure to Make Determination about Saudis’ Role in Khashoggi Murder

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee; and all Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter today formally requesting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brief Congress on why the Trump Administration refused to comply with a legal requirement to determine whether Saudi government officials and members of the Royal Family, i… Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

After Trump Admin Flouts Law on Khashoggi Murder Determination, Menendez Opens Inquiry by Calling on Sec. Pompeo to Turn over All Related Documents

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced his next steps in seeking justice for Jamal Khashoggi in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The Senator's letter comes after the Trump Administration flouted a law requiring President Trump to determine which Saudi officials, including Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, were responsible for the murder of Khashoggi, a journalist and U.S. permanent resident. Last year, Sen… Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

***PHOTO RELEASE*** Menendez Meets with Top UN Official Investigating Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD HI-RES PHOTOS WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met today with Agnes Callamard, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions, who is leading the U.N.'s investigation of the murder of journalist and U.S. permanent resident Jamal Khashoggi. Senator Menendez and Dr. Callamard discussed their respective efforts to investigate this heinous crime and deliver justice … Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Hold Russia Accountable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today introduced the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA) of 2019. The comprehensive legislation seeks to increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation in response to Russia's interference in democratic processes abroad, malign influence in Syria, and aggression against Ukraine, including in… Continue Reading

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