Ranking Member's Press

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


January 10, 2019

Menéndez Acerca de la Presidencia Ilegítima de Nicolás Maduro

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), el Miembro de Más Alto Rango en el Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado de los Estados Unidos, publicó las siguientes declaraciones uniéndose a un grupo creciente de más de 40 países que rechazan el ilegítimo gobierno venezolano de Nicolás Maduro, quien tomó posesión el día de hoy para un segundo período presidencial tras las elecciones fraudulentas del … Continue Reading


January 10, 2019

Senator Menendez on Maduro’s Illegitimate Presidency

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement joining a growing group of over 40 countries in rejecting the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro, who was sworn-in this morning for a new six-year term after fraudulent elections. "Today, Nicolas Maduro loses what little legitimacy he ever had and simply becomes a criminal dictator abusing power at Venezuela's expense. His continued stranglehold on the cou… Continue Reading


January 10, 2019

Senators Menendez, Rubio Introduce Senate Resolution Condemning Castro Regime’s Forced Labor of Cuban Doctors

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), today introduced a Senate Resolution condemning the Cuban regime for a program that sends tens of thousands of Cuban medical professionals to foreign countries to work under conditions that qualify as human trafficking. The resolution describes the ordeal of thousands of Cuban medical professionals who are forced to participate in a state-sponsored program requiring… Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Menendez’s Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the President today signed into law legislation he coauthored to strengthen U.S. global leadership in the fight to end human trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017 (TVPRA), which amends and reauthorizes international provisions of the Trafficking Victims Protect Act, will require the State Department to evaluate concrete a… Continue Reading


January 08, 2019

Ahead of Trump Speech on Shutdown over Wall, Menendez Pens Letter to Pompeo on Admin’s False Border Security Claims

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 after he and other senior Trump administration officials repeatedly used false statements about suspected terrorists coming across the US-Mexico border as an excuse for President Trump's shutdown of the federal government. "It appears that President Trump and senior members of his Administration are deliberately carrying out a misleading cam… Continue Reading


January 08, 2019

Menendez Statement on Passing of Larry Weinberg

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the passing of former AIPAC President Larry Weinberg. "I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former AIPAC President Larry Weinberg. Larry's dedication to building and maintaining the strong bonds between the United States and Israel through education and engagement was inspiring and has undoubtedly left a lasting impact for generations to come. As a ve… Continue Reading


December 21, 2018

Menendez, Leahy Call for Expulsion Of Top Sudanese Diplomat

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, yesterday sent a letter to President Trump calling for the expulsion and potential sanctioning of the Charge D'Affaires at the Embassy of Sudan in Washington. Citing Mohamed Atta al-Moula's former role as the head of Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), the Senators refer to a well-documente… Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Menendez on the Resignation of Secretary Mattis

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the resignation of Secretary of Defense James Mattis: "Secretary Mattis had a long, distinguished career of service to his nation, and earned the respect of service members and commanders throughout his 44 years of service as a Marine. He came out of retirement to serve the United States once more as Secretary of Defense and we are a grateful nation for his se… Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Menendez: Withdrawal from Syria Without Success is Failure

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered remarks on the Senate floor today in reaction to President Trump's sudden decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, and his persistent failure to hold the Kremlin to account for its misdeeds and aggressions across the world. Below are his remarks as delivered: "Mr. President, yesterday Christmas came early to the Kremlin. First, we have Trump's announcement to pull our… Continue Reading


December 19, 2018

Menendez, Rubio lead Bipartisan Call for Secretary Pompeo to Formally Determine Rohingya Crisis a Genocide

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and a bipartisan group of senators wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asking his agency to formally determine if the Burmese government's campaign of violence against the Rohingya people constitutes a genocide. In their letter, the Senators expressed concern that even after the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the State Department's own contr… Continue Reading


December 17, 2018

Menendez Condemns Decision to Force Central European University out of Hungary

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement on the deteriorating relationship with the government of Hungary after the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban forced the U.S.-accredited Central European University to cease operations in Hungary. "I am very disappointed that the Central European University (CEU), an emblem of Hungary's post-communist freedoms, is being forced to close its operation… Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Ahead of Vote to End U.S. Support of Hostilities in Yemen, Menendez Demands Senate Do More to Recalibrate U.S.-Saudi Relationship

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered a speech on the Senate floor to frame several critical questions about the U.S.-Saudi relationship in the context of America's long-term interests in the region. In explaining his vote in support of a joint resolution to cease American support for the brutal Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, Senator Menendez explained that American backing for the war in Yemen is inconsisten… Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Menendez, Rubio, Durbin, Leahy Introduce Temporary Protected Status Legislation to Support Displaced Venezuelans

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in introducing the Venezuela Temporary Protected Status and Asylum Assistance Act of 2018. The bipartisan legislation seeks to grant Temporary Protected Status for eligible Venezuelans fleeing the dire conditions in their home and to provide support for migration systems in the countries surroundi… Continue Reading


December 11, 2018

Menendez Delivers Floor Speech on COP24 Climate Change Conference Negotiations

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered a speech on the Senate Floor on the ongoing negotiations at COP 24 - the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference - where parties are negotiating the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The Senator criticized the Trump administration for its lack of leadership on climate diplomacy, its persistent climate change denialism and its refusal to engage with the international c… Continue Reading


December 10, 2018

Menendez Honors Life of Human Rights Champion Lyudmila Alexeyeva in Statement for the Senate Record

WASHINGTON - On International Human Rights Day, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, submitted a statement for the Senate record honoring the life and legacy of Lyudmila Alexeyeva, renowned human rights champion in Russia and around the world. "Our world is better because Lyudmila was here. Our world is better due to her vision, courage, and tenacity. And we all have an obligation to carry on her work, not only in support for human rights in Rus… Continue Reading

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