Ranking Member's Press

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


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

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