Ranking Member's Press

August 02, 2018

Senator Menendez Calls for Calm in Zimbabwe

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called for calm in Zimbabwe as news emerged of a crackdown on opposition supporters. Three protesters are reported to have been killed. "The reports of the military opening fire killing three protesters is gravely disturbing. My condolences go out to the families of those slain. I urge all parties on the ground to refrain from violence. The government must call a halt to the exce… Continue Reading


August 02, 2018

Menendez, Engel Lead Over 100 Members of Congress in Demanding TPS Be Reinstated for El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today led a bipartisan group of 110 members of Congress in calling on the Trump Administration to reinstate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for hundreds of thousands of immigrants legally living in the United States. The letter comes after the State Department released a series of internal documents… Continue Reading


August 02, 2018

Menendez Applauds Senate Passage of U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate unanimously approved the U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act, bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored which codifies the Memorandum of Understanding signed in September 2016 to provide Israel with the largest U.S. security assistance package in history. "The unanimous passage of this legislation should make one thing clear: the r… Continue Reading


August 02, 2018

MENENDEZ, GRAHAM, GARDNER, CARDIN, MCCAIN, SHAHEEN INTRODUCE HARD-HITTING RUSSIA SANCTIONS PACKAGE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) introduced the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2018, comprehensive legislation that will increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation in response to Russia's continued interference in our elections, malign influence in Syria, aggression in Crimea, and other activities. "The … Continue Reading


July 27, 2018

Menendez Statement on the General Election in Pakistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the general elections in Pakistan: "I congratulate the Pakistani people who bravely went to the ballot box this week in anticipation of the country's second-ever transfer of power between civilian governments. They did so in the face of despicable terrorist violence around the polls, including an attack claimed by the Islamic State in Quetta that killed at … Continue Reading


July 27, 2018

Menendez Calls on BBG to Clarify Domestic Ads on Facebook

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to John Lansing, CEO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent agency of the United States government to ensure its international media services and surrogate channels abide by laws meant to protect Americans from domestic propaganda. The Senator's letter comes after a New York Times article on research conducted at Syracuse University found that Radio Fre… Continue Reading


July 26, 2018

Menendez, Corker Applaud Committee Passage of Bill Demanding Turkey End Unjust Detention of US Citizens

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded committee passage of their bipartisan legislation demanding Turkey end the unjust detention of U.S. citizens in Turkey, including Pastor Andrew Brunson. The bill, introduced last week along with Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), would restrict loans from internati… Continue Reading


July 25, 2018

Menendez on State Dept. Release of Internal Documents Related to TPS for El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today renewed his criticism of the Trump Administration's overtly political decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti. The Senator's statement comes after the State Department released a series of internal documents as part of a lawsuit challenging the process that led to the termination of TPS protections for hundreds of tho… Continue Reading


July 25, 2018

Menendez Calls on Secretary Pompeo to Stop Online Posting of Do-it-Yourself, 3-D Printable Gun Blueprints

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to immediately intervene and review the surprising and sudden decision by his department to allow online public posting of 3-D printable gun blueprints in the next few days. "It is hard to see how making it easier for criminal and terrorist organizations to obtain untraceable weapons is in the foreign policy and national security interests of t… Continue Reading


July 24, 2018

Menendez, Graham Outline Bipartisan Russia Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced they are working on comprehensive legislation that will enhance sanctions pressure on Russia while bolstering the capacity of the United States government to respond. "We are fully committed to ensuring Congress maintains an active role in both confronting Russian aggression and ensuring that the Executive Branch takes the necessary steps to pr… Continue Reading


July 23, 2018

Menendez Calls on Sec. Pompeo to Reinstate State Department’s Daily Press Briefings

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 calling on him to immediately increase the frequency of the Department's Daily Press Briefings (DPB), which have averaged less than one briefing per week since his confirmation as Secretary three months ago. "At a time of unprecedented, head-spinning developments for U.S. foreign policy, our relationship with our allies, and our role on … Continue Reading


July 20, 2018

Menendez Statement for the Record on Reuters Journalists Detained in Burma

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, submitted the following statement for the Senate record urging the Government of Burma to drop the charges against Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters reporters who have been arrested on account of their journalistic efforts and face up to 14 years in prison. "Today I rise to highlight the profound injustice of the formal charging and ongoing detention of two democracy defenders in Burma. Reute… Continue Reading


July 19, 2018

Senators Introduce Bill Demanding Turkey End Unjust Detention of US Citizens

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced bipartisan legislation with Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) to restrict loans from international financial institutions to Turkey until the Turkish government ends the unjust detention of U.S. citizens. In 2016, Turkey imprisoned American Pastor Andrew Brunson a… Continue Reading


July 19, 2018

Menendez Announces New Comprehensive Sanctions Legislation Against Russia

CLICK TO WATCH WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced he would introduce comprehensive legislation in the coming days to strengthen and impose new sanctions on Russia. Today's announcement comes over eleven months after Congress overwhelmingly passed the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), legislation requiring wide-ranging mandatory sanctions to hold Russia accountable for their destabil… Continue Reading


July 19, 2018

Schumer, Menendez, Durbin, And Schatz Urge Immediate Senate Passage Of New Resolution Affirming Congress’ Opposition To Making Available Former U.S. Ambassador To Russia McFaul And Other Current And Former U.S. Officials To Questioning By Government Of Vladimir Putin

Washington, D.C. - Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Ranking Member Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) today announced and called for the immediate Senate-passage of a new resolution affirming the Congress' opposition to making available former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and other current and former U.S. officials to questioning by the government of Vladimir Putin. The… Continue Reading


July 18, 2018

Menéndez, Cruz y Colegas Presentan Propuesta Bipartidista para Abordar Crisis en Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - El día de hoy, el Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, fue acompañado por los Senadores Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) Ben Cardin (D-Md.) y Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) en presentar un proyecto de ley bipartidista para atender la creciente crisis en Nicaragua. El proyecto d… Continue Reading


July 18, 2018

Menendez, Cruz, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Address Crisis in Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, was joined by Senators Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) in introducing bipartisan legislation to address the escalating crisis in Nicaragua. The Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act of 2018 requires the imposition of san… Continue Reading


July 17, 2018

National Security Democratic Senate Leaders Pen Letter to Trump Demanding Details on Putin Summit

WASHINGTON - Following President Trump's meeting and press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, where he accepted Putin's election meddling denial, top Senate Democrats tonight sent a letter to President Trump listing a series of questions to clarify if and what commitments he made to Putin during their secretive and lengthy meeting. The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Senate Democra… Continue Reading


July 16, 2018

Menendez Statement on Trump-Putin Helsinki Summit

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement after President Donald Trump sided with Vladimir Putin in rejecting the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia hacked the 2016 U.S. presidential election to help him win. "The incoherent and appallingly self-serving circus in Helsinki today was as predictable as it was avoidable. The President rejected his solemn duty to uphold and defend American va… Continue Reading


July 16, 2018

Menendez, Engel Statement on Trump-Putin Summit and Syria

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, this morning released the following statement: "We are profoundly concerned that unilateral U.S. concessions regarding a tenable path forward in Syria will further undermine civilian protection, empower Iran, and jeopardize Israel's security. We therefore call on President Trump to reject any Russia… Continue Reading

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