Ranking Member's Press

February 23, 2018

Menendez Raises Serious Concerns about Leadership, Culture at Millennium Challenge Corporation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has written to the acting head of the MCC, Jonathan Nash, demanding answers regarding a series of disturbing statements and actions attributed to a senior leader at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. In light of the statements, Menendez, is asking for a "full accounting of this behavior and MCC's response to it, as well as a commitment from MCC leadership that individuals who engage in such behavior will be held accountable." "As a strong suppo… Continue Reading


February 23, 2018

Menendez on Reports of Russian Oligarch’s Involvement in Attack on U.S. Forces in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after a Washington Post reported Yevgeniy Prigozhin, a Russian Oligarch with close ties to Vladimir Putin, was in direct contact with the Assad regime before and after an attack on U.S. forces in Syria earlier this month. "If true, reports that the Trump Administration has intercepted communications between Russian oligarch and Putin crony Yevgeniy Prig… Continue Reading


February 23, 2018

Menendez Supports New Sanctions Against North Korea, Calls For Even Stronger Sanctions and Diplomacy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced a new round of sanctions targeting North Korean shipping and trading companies and vessels. "I welcome today's action by the administration aimed at disrupting North Korean maritime activities and hope that these actions will increase pressure on North Korea to enter… Continue Reading


February 22, 2018

Menendez on Reports that State Department Will Dilute Annual Global Human Rights Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after a Politico report described how individuals from Secretary Tillerson's office directed State Department staff to strip or pare back passages in the soon-to-be-released annual Country Reports on Human Rights on women's rights, family planning, and on discrimination based on race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. "As if this Administration hasn't a… Continue Reading


February 21, 2018

Menendez Probes U.S. Ambassador to Ensure Trump Jr.’s Trip to India Was Not Assisted by State Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster raising a series of questions and concerns around Donald Trump Jr.'s visit to India this week to promote real estate projects on behalf of the Trump Organization. "Given the potential to confuse Mr. Trump's private business visit with having an official governmental purpose, I write to ensure that the U.S. Embassy presence i… Continue Reading


February 21, 2018

Menendez Statement on Assad Regime’s Deadly Bombardment in East Ghouta

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement condemning the Assad regime after pro-government forces, backed by Russia and Iran, brutally bombarded a Damascus suburb killing hundreds of people and injuring even more. "I am appalled and sickened by the escalation in violence the Assad regime and its backers have inflicted in East Ghouta. The number of dead and wounded civilians, including women an… Continue Reading


February 16, 2018

Menendez Welcomes Mueller Indictment Against Russians for US Election Interference, Again Calls on Trump to Publicly Acknowledge Threat, Lead Government in Full Response

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday after Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities on criminal charges of interfering with U.S. elections and political processes: "Today we can finally put to rest any doubt that Russia spearheaded a years-long conspiracy to interfere in our political system. This is not a ruse, it is a direct attack on our … Continue Reading


February 15, 2018

Menendez Remarks on FY19 Budget, Global Challenges at SFRC Nominations Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks at a Committee hearing Thursday on the nominations of Susan Thornton to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Andrea Thompson to serve as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and Security Assistance; and Francis Fannon to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources: "Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for ho… Continue Reading


February 15, 2018

Menendez Again Questions Trump’s Willingness to Hold Russia Accountable for Attacks on US, Global Democratic Processes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after the White House released a statement about the 2017 cyberattack Russia perpetrated across Europe, Asia, and the Americas: "It is well past time that the White House is acknowledging the Russian-orchestrated 'NotPetya' attack and its global impact, particularly as it relates to Moscow's attempts to continue to destabilize Ukraine. It is importan… Continue Reading


February 12, 2018

Menendez Questions Whether Trump Administration Understands, Cares About U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives in Budget Preview

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after the Trump Administration released its Congressional Budget Justification for Fiscal Year 2019: "Unfortunately, this budget request reflects exactly what we have come to expect from the Trump Administration: an abrogation of American leadership on the world stage. Slashing close to 30 percent of our diplomacy and development budget is woefully ign… Continue Reading


February 12, 2018

Cardin, Brown, Menendez Introduce Resolution Calling on Trump Administration to Implement Mandatory Russian Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) - all lead authors and negotiators of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act - introduced a Senate resolution today calling upon President Trump to exercise mandatory sanctions authorities under CAATSA in response to Russia's continued aggression in Ukraine, illegal occupation of Crimea, and assault on democratic institutions around the world, including through cyberattacks. "These ma… Continue Reading


February 12, 2018

Menendez Statement on Downing of Israeli Jet after Striking Iranian Targets in Syria

Newark, NJ - US Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Syrian forces shot down an Israeli F-16 fighter jet returning from a mission of striking Iranian targets in Syria. The airstrikes were ordered in response to an illegal intrusion into Israel's airspace earlier on Saturday by an Iranian drone launched from within Syria. "I will always support Israel's right to take necessary action to defend its security, wh… Continue Reading


February 08, 2018

Menendez Warns Venezuelan Elections Will Lack Legitimacy and Credibility

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) announced a presidential election for April 22: "The announcement of a snap presidential election marks yet another step by President Nicolas Maduro to establish a consolidated dictatorship in Venezuela. He knows the only way to maintain his grip on power would be through a controlled, limited elec… Continue Reading


February 02, 2018

Trump Release of Misleading Nunes Memo Seeks to Undermine Independence of Justice Department and Special Counsel Mueller’s Investigation into Russian Aggression

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement. "No one should be confused about what happened today: the president, once again, chose politics over national security. The president and his enablers in Congress have bent over backwards to release cherry-picked, classified information to confuse and distract the American public for partisan purposes. "Rather than marshalling an all-of-government response to protect… Continue Reading


February 02, 2018

Cardin Reacts to Trump’s Misleading Statement about McFarland Nomination Withdrawal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following after President Trump issued a misleading statement about K.T. McFarland's withdrawal of her nomination to be the Ambassador to Singapore: "The President's statement about the withdrawal of K.T. McFarland's nomination to be Ambassador to Singapore is yet another example of President Trump misleading the American people about the U.S. Senate and our responsibility for ve… Continue Reading


February 01, 2018

Kaine, Cardin Criticize Decision to Prevent Syrians Fleeing Violence from Applying for Protected Status in U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Committee's ranking member, released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced it would extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians currently in the U.S., but failed to renew the TPS designation for Syrians fleeing violence and seeking to apply to come to the United States. Last week, Kaine and Cardin led nine of their colleagues in sending … Continue Reading


January 30, 2018

Cardin, Brown Lead 20 Democrats in Letter to Tillerson: Lack of Trump Administration’s Mandatory Russia Sanctions Impositions is Unacceptable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, led twenty of their Democratic Senate colleagues Tuesday in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, expressing their concern that six months after Congress overwhelmingly passed mandatory sanctions measures to hold Russia accountable for their destabilizing activities against our country and nations around the w… Continue Reading


January 29, 2018

Cardin Welcomes Administration Briefing, Ongoing Dialogue on Russia Sanctions, Urges Aggressive Enforcement of CAATSA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after the Trump Administration briefed Senate staff about Russian defense and intelligence sector sanctions issues, per the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which mandated such an update to Congress by today. Cardin was one of the lead authors and negotiators on CAATSA: "The Russia sanctions law includes a provision which mandates… Continue Reading


January 26, 2018

Cardin, Brown, Hoyer, Engel Reiterate Russia Sanctions, Accountability Expectations to Trump Ahead of Key CAATSA Deadline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, and U.S. Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the House Democratic Whip, and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote to President Trump Friday reiterating their expectations ahead of a key deadline for Russia sanctions and accountability as called for in the Countering America's Advers… Continue Reading


January 25, 2018

Cardin Leads Bipartisan Senators in Requesting Haley Increase Pressure on Cambodia for Human Rights Abuses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led seven of his bipartisan colleagues Wednesday in a letter to UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, requesting that she use the influence of her office and the tools within the international organization, "to isolate the Cambodian government, pressure them to reverse course, and-should they not reverse course-ensure that they gain no validity from an illegitimate 'election' that is neither free nor fai… Continue Reading

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