Ranking Member's Press

November 28, 2018

Menendez Delivers Floor Speech Ahead of Vote on U.S. Military Role in Yemen

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered a speech before the Senate voted to approve J.Res.54 - A joint resolution to direct the removal of U.S. Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. Explaining his support for the resolution, Senator Menendez criticized the Trump Administration's failure to reign in the Saudi Coalition, which has exacerbated the humanitar… Continue Reading


November 28, 2018

Menendez Leads Senate Effort to Approve Nicaragua Sanctions Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate unanimously approved the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (H.R.1918, the NICA Act). The bipartisan legislation seeks to impose targeted sanctions on Nicaraguan government officials responsible for human rights violations and calls for a negotiated solution to the country's ongoing crisis. The final text of the legislation, which now heads bac… Continue Reading


November 27, 2018

Menendez Delivers Floor Speech Condemning Russian Aggression near Crimea and Requesting Manafort Briefing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered a floor speech that condemned last weekend's attack by Russia on Ukrainian ships, outlined clear steps for the United States to take to shore up Ukraine's maritime security, and called on President Trump to unequivocally denounce the Kremlin's escalating aggression. In addition, Senator Menendez also called on the Administration to brief the U.S. Senate on the veracity of rep… Continue Reading


November 27, 2018

Menendez Statement on Reports of Meetings Between Paul Manafort and Julian Assange

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Guardian reported on Tuesday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort repeatedly held secret talks with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London. "If true, the revelation that Paul Manafort repeatedly met with Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London raises serious new questions about Mr. Manafort's … Continue Reading


November 26, 2018

Menendez Condemns Russia’s Seizing of Ukrainian Ships Near Crimea, Calls on Pres. Trump to Increase Security Assistance in the Region

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement after Russian warships opened fire and seized three Ukrainian ships near Crimea on Sunday. "I strongly condemn the Russian Federation's escalation of hostilities in the Kerch Strait yesterday. The Kremlin must immediately return the seized Ukrainian vessels and cease any future actions that threaten the freedom of passage through the Kerch Strait. Yesterday's… Continue Reading


November 21, 2018

Menendez, Corker Demand Determination on Saudi Crown Prince Role in Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today demanded the administration make a determination specifically addressing whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, by triggering a second Global Magnitsky investigation. The letter can be found… Continue Reading


November 19, 2018

Menendez Demands State Department Address Falling Rates of International Enrollment in U.S. Schools

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today wrote a letter to Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, to express his concern about the declining number of international students enrolling in U.S. colleges and universities during the Trump Administration. According to a State Department-funded report, enrollment of international students has fallen for the second straight year. "I worry t… Continue Reading


November 15, 2018

Menendez, Young, Reed, Graham, Shaheen, Collins Introduce Comprehensive Saudi Arabia Accountability and Yemen Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. 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.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine)-today introduced the Saudi Arabia Accountability and Yemen Act of 2018, comprehensive legislation to ensure effective Congressional oversight of U.S. policy on Yemen, provide leverage to push the stakeholders in Yemen's civil war toward a poli… Continue Reading


November 14, 2018

Menendez, Rubio, Colleagues Introduce Legislation in Response to China’s Human Rights Abuses against Uyghurs

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), chair of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), introduced the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act in response to the gross violations of human rights in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, including the mass internment of over one million Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities, as well as China's intimidation a… Continue Reading


November 09, 2018

Menendez Statement on Trump’s Asylum Ban

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the highest-ranking Latino in the U.S. Congress, issued the following statement in reaction to a Presidential Proclamation signed today by President Trump banning immigrants seeking refuge from applying for asylum if they entered the country between ports of entry. "The Trump administration's Asylum ban is yet another shameful attempt to prevent entire groups of people from legally seekin… Continue Reading


November 09, 2018

Menendez Calls on Pres. Trump to Impose Mandatory Sanctions on Russia for Chemical Weapons Use

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement calling on the Trump Administration not to delay the imposition of a second round of mandatory sanctions required by the Chemical and Biological Weapons and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 resulting from the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in England earlier this year: "As the possibility of another meeting between President Trump… Continue Reading


November 02, 2018

Sens. Menendez, Blumenthal Lead Group of 31 Senators in Letter to Pompeo Opposing Elimination of Women’s Rights Report

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) led a group of 31 senators in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo opposing the Trump administration's decision to delete a section including reproductive rights from the Department's annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. In the letter, which was supported by 11 prominent human rights and reproductive rights organizations, the senators strongly… Continue Reading


November 01, 2018

Menendez Demands Answers for Anti-Semitic Segment Aired on TV Marti

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to John F. Lansing, CEO and Director of the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM), demanding a thorough investigation into a May 2018 anti-Semitic segment from the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) focused on U.S. citizen George Soros. The segment, featuring ominous music, refers to Soros as a "multimillionaire Jew" and a "Jew of flexible morals" that has financed "a… Continue Reading


October 31, 2018

Menendez Statement on Death of American Missionary in Cameroon

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the killing on Tuesday of an American missionary in Cameroon. "I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of an American missionary who sacrificed his life working to improve the lives of the people of Cameroon. As we wait for the details surrounding his death, I extend my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during these difficult moments. "I under… Continue Reading


October 21, 2018

Menendez Statement on Trump’s Withdrawal from INF

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump announced he plans to withdraw the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty): "There is no doubt that Russia is responsible for the degradation of the INF treaty. However, withdrawing from this treaty without a comprehensive strategy for addressing its underlying strategic implications and without consulting Congr… Continue Reading


October 11, 2018

Myth vs. Fact: State Department Nominations

Myth: Senate Democrats are actively blocking more than 60 State Department nominees. Fact: To start, the State Department's numbers are incorrect. There are currently 56 foreign affairs-related nominations before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate, not more than 60 as Secretary Pompeo and others at State have repeatedly claimed. Of the 56, 17 are waiting for action on the Senate Floor, having been favorably been voted out of SFRC. Mitch McConnell controls the Senate floo… Continue Reading


October 10, 2018

Menendez, Corker, Leahy, Graham Letter Triggers Global Magnitsky Investigation Into Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, today triggered an investigation and Global Magnitsky sanctions determination regarding the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi j… Continue Reading


October 10, 2018

Menendez Statement for the Record Reaffirming Strong U.S.-Israel Relations

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, submitted the following statement for the Senate record expressing his strong support for a robust U.S. - Israel relationship, and praising Congress for its work to sustain these ties. "Today I want to once again reaffirm that the United States Congress stands firmly behind a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. As threats to Israel continue to increase, as her enemies continue to grow ever-closer,… Continue Reading


October 10, 2018

Menendez, Inhofe Recognize Taiwan's National Day

WASHINGTON - United States Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, recognized Taiwan on their 107th National Day. "…our two peoples are bound by shared interests and values-namely, our commitments to democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and free enterprise. We appreciate that freedom, security, and the exchanges of ideas,… Continue Reading


October 09, 2018

Menendez on Ambassador Haley’s Resignation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Ambassador Nikki Haley resigned to her post as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: "Today's announcement that Ambassador Haley is resigning is yet another sign of the Trump Administration's chaotic foreign policy and setback from promoting American values and priorities. I am deeply concerned about the leadership vacuum she leaves and the national security i… Continue Reading

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