Ranking Member's Press

June 14, 2018

Menendez Opening Remarks at Nominations Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement at today's nomination hearing for Admiral Harry Harris to serve as US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea; David Schenker to be the Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs); and Ambassador Tibor Nagy Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs). His remarks follow: "Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing today. We have before us a pane… Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Menendez Statement for the Record on Pres. Trump Suggesting Russia Should Rejoin the

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, submitted the following statement for the Senate record on President Trump's comments regarding the government of the Russian Federation rejoining the G-7. Earlier this week, Menendez also introduced an amendment to the annual defense policy legislation calling on the President to immediately retract his statement at the G7 and to clearly state that the Russian Federation will never join t… Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Menendez on Trump-Kim Summit: When it comes to North Korea, don’t trust – verify

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a joint statement in Singapore without setting timelines or providing any details on a pathway forward on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. "I share the desire to achieve a true, sustainable path towards peaceful diplomacy and would welcome a serious commitment to denucleariza… Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Statement by Senators Menendez and Inhofe to Commemorate the Dedication of the New AIT Complex

WASHINGTON - US Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), co-chairs of the U.S. Senate Taiwan Caucus, today issued the following statement to celebrate the dedication ceremony for the new American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) compound. The AIT is a non-profit, private corporation established based on the Taiwan Relations Act that was signed into law April 10, 1979. "We extend our congratulations to the people of Taiwan as they prepare to celebrate the opening of a new office compoun… Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Menendez, Corker, Murphy, Young, Colleagues Raise Concerns About Imminent Military Operations at Hudaydah, Yemen

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.), were joined by 6 of their Senate colleagues in raising concerns over a reported imminent military operation by the Emirati-led coalition to seize the port of Hudaydah. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, … Continue Reading


June 11, 2018

Menendez NDAA Amendment Demands Trump Retract Statement on Russia’s Readmission into the G7

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in response to President Donald Trump's suggestion that Russia should be readmitted into the Group of Seven (G7), a coalition of leading industrialized nations. In 2014, Russia was expelled from the group - then known as the G8 - in response to Putin's intervention in eastern Ukraine and illegal annexation of Cri… Continue Reading


June 08, 2018

Menendez Cautions Sec. Pompeo on Quality of State Department Nominees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to say he expects the Trump administration to pay more attention in selecting nominees for ambassadorial and leadership posts within the State Department. The Senator's letter follows comments from the Secretary of State about his plans to move a robust package of nominations through the Senate and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell… Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Following Breitbart Interview, Menendez Calls for IG Investigation of US Ambassador to Germany

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called on the State Department's Inspector General to open up an investigation into U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell following recent public comments he made injecting conservative politics into American foreign policy. On June 3, 2018, right-wing website Breitbart posted an article quoting Ambassador Grennel expressing support for promoting "conservative issues" and his … Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

Menendez, Rubio Lead Bipartisan Call for Pres. Trump to Nominate Someone for Top Diplomatic Post on Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) led a bipartisan group of 15 Senators in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to nominate a properly qualified candidate for Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL). In their letter, the Senators laid out the qualifications necessary for such a nominee, specifically noting the need for "a skillset and background that w… Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

Menendez Blasts DHS for Denying Congressional Oversight at Processing Center for Immigrant Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter demanding the Trump Administration clarify why staff members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee were prevented from touring a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) immigrant processing facility during a Congressional staff delegation visit to the San Diego-Tijuana border this past weekend. "The public has a right to know what's happening at the border and how … Continue Reading


June 04, 2018

In New Letter To President Trump, Top Senate Democrats Outline Conditions For Any Deal With North Korea -- Dems Say Sanctions Relief Should Be Contingent On Complete Denuclearization, Destruction Of Test Sites, End Of Ballistic Missile Tests & More

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of the expected summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss North Korea's nuclear weapons program, top Senate Democrats today sent a new letter to President Trump outlining Congressional Democrats' conditions for lifting sanctions as part of any deal with North Korea. The new letter -- signed by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Assistant Senate Democratic Leader and S… Continue Reading


May 26, 2018

Menendez Blasts White House for Polarizing Political Pick as Head of U.S. Foreign Aid Agency

WASHINGTON - 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 it would replace the Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC) Acting Chief Executive Officer, John Nash, a career civil servant, with Robert Blau, President Trump's appointed Vice President for the Department of Compact Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Menendez has led the charge in Congress in raisi… Continue Reading


May 25, 2018

Menendez Urges Secretary Ross to Enforce ZTE Sanctions Independent of Political Pressure; Demands Answers from Trump Org on Chinese Government Financing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, warning him of the danger of bargaining away enforcement matters for short-term trade gains, and urging that any enforcement decision be made independent of political pressure from the White House. Ranking Member Menendez also sent a separate letter to the Trump Organization requesting information regarding the recent announcement th… Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Menendez Introduces Legislation to Lift U.S. Arms Embargo on Cyprus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced the End the Cyprus Embargo Act, legislation to repeal the U.S. arms embargo on Cyprus. United States policy since 1987 has been to deny licenses on transfer of articles on the United States Munitions List to the Republic of Cyprus. "Cyprus has proven itself a reliable ally and strategic partner to the United States, including in counterterrorism and nonproliferation effort… Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Menendez Reacts to Pres. Trump’s Cancellation of Nuclear Summit with North Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to President Trump's cancellation of the June 12th nuclear summit with North Korea. "The art of diplomacy is much harder than the art of the deal. The Trump administration should not be shocked that the Kim regime is acting as they always have. Understanding the nature of clear-eyed diplomacy and deep preparations are paramount before agreeing t… Continue Reading


May 22, 2018

Following Deadly Niger Ambush, Menendez Raises Questions on Legal Authorities for Military Mission

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today raised a series of questions about the deadly ambush in Niger in October of last year that lead to the killing of four U.S. soldiers by ISIS. In a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Menendez inquired about U.S. policy objectives and legal authorities for military operations in Niger citing a Pentagon report released last week that outlined the individual, organizati… Continue Reading


May 21, 2018

Menendez Calls Presidential Elections in Venezuela a “Shameful Mockery of Democracy”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the presidential election in Venezuela. "The election in Venezuela this weekend was a shameful mockery of democracy. Nicolas Maduro's blatant effort to consolidate a dictatorship will perpetuate the depraved policies that have turned Venezuela into a failed state and should be of concern to those who seek an enduring, peaceful solution to this crisi… Continue Reading


May 18, 2018

Menendez, Warner, Brown Request Multiagency Review on Russia Sanctions Implementation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mark Warner (D-Va.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio.), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, today requested three separate Inspector Generals open up probes into the Trump Administration's failure to fully impose legally mandated sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). In a let… Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Menendez, Rubio, Nelson, Cruz Introduce Resolution Honoring Ladies in White for 2018 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today introduced a resolution honoring the Cuban dissident group Las Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) for receiving the Cato Institute's 2018 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty. The dissident group, which routinely faces brutal beatings and imprisonment from the Cuban regime, peacefully gathers and marches in whit… Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Menendez Opening Statement at Hearing Examining Proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's hearing "Authorizing the Use of Military Force (AUMF): S.J. Res. 59": "Thank you to both of our witnesses for being here today. I thank Senator Corker for accommodating my and other Members' requests for such a hearing. And I look forward to pressing Secretary of State Pompeo on these issues next week. "And let me … Continue Reading

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