Ranking Member's Press

July 13, 2018

Menendez Statement on New Charges Against Russian Spies for 2016 Election Interference

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers charging them with hacking offenses related to the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign: "In light of today's indictment, and if the President is going to persist in attending a summit with Vladimir Putin, he must take the forceful but necessary steps to stand up for the United States and… Continue Reading


July 10, 2018

VIDEO: Menendez Rebukes Pres. Trump Ahead of NATO and Putin Summits

WASHINGTON -Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined today by a group of his Democratic colleagues in speaking on the Senate Floor to express their support for the NATO alliance and against Russia's ongoing aggressions across the world. The Senator laid out his expectations for President Trump's travel to Europe, where he is scheduled to attend a NATO Summit in Brussels and meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Below ar… Continue Reading


July 10, 2018

In Advance of NATO and Trump-Putin Summits, Bipartisan Group of Senators Reiterate Importance of Continuing Sanctions on Russia for Invading Crimea

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Rob Portman (R-Ohio.), co-Chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, today led a group of eight of their Senate colleagues in introducing a Senate Resolution condemning the Russian Federation's ongoing illegal occupation of Crimea. The bipartisan resolution comes ahead of President Trump's scheduled trip to Europe, where he will attend a NATO Summit in Brussels as well as meet with Russian Pre… Continue Reading


July 09, 2018

On South Sudan’s Independence Day, Menendez Urges the Trump Administration to Redouble its Efforts to Help End Civil War

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today submitted the following statement for the Senate record marking South Sudan's Independence Day and urging the Trump Administration to intensify its engagement to find a lasting solution to the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. "Today, July 9, is South Sudan's Independence Day. Instead of celebrating the seventh birthday of the world's newest nation, we find ourselves lamenting the … Continue Reading


July 02, 2018

Ahead of Trump-Putin and NATO Summits, Leading Senate Democrats Warn President Trump Against Diminishing Alliances While Embracing Adversaries

WASHINGTON - Ahead of President Trump's scheduled trip to Europe for a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit and a potential meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, top Senate Democrats laid out their expectations for President Trump to stay focused on reaffirming America's commitment to our longstanding transatlantic NATO allies and against Russia's aggressions around the world. In a letter signed by Senators Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Commi… Continue Reading


July 02, 2018

Menendez Statement on Presidential Elections in Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the presidential election results in Mexico. "I congratulate the Mexican people for turning out in historic numbers to exercise their most fundamental democratic right. I look forward to working with President-Elect Lopez Obrador to more closely cooperate on issues pertinent to the well-being of both nations, including combatting graft, protectin… Continue Reading


June 29, 2018

Menendez Applauds Passage of Senate Resolution of Ratification for the Marrakesh Treaty

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement following the passage of the resolution of ratification for the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled: "I am very pleased that the Senate has consented to this critically important Treaty, which will break down barriers that have prevented those with disabilities fr… Continue Reading


June 29, 2018

Menendez Welcomes Armenian President to U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON - Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations, met with Armenian President Armen Sarkissian at a National Committee of America (ANCA) Congressional Celebration of a Century of U.S.-Armenian Relations. "I was proud to welcome President Armen Sarkissian to the United States Senate. The United States and Armenia have a strong bond based on shared values and a commitment to the democratic process. In recent months, the people … Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

Menendez Reacts to State Department’s 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to the publication of the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report by the U.S. State Department. "The State Department missed yet another opportunity to restore the Trafficking in Persons Report to what it once was - the gold standard for unbiased, accurate reporting on countries' efforts to end the scourge of human trafficking. While I applaud s… Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

As VP Pence Visits Guatemala, Menendez, Durbin, Kaine Encourage U.S. Commitment to Address Root Causes Forcing People to Flee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) today sent a letter to Vice President Michael Pence encouraging him to use his visit to Central America to emphasize U.S. commitment to addressing the root causes of violence, instability, and poverty compelling people to migrate to the United States. "U.S. engagement with governments, civil society, and security forces in the region has, and … Continue Reading


June 28, 2018

Menendez Demands More Answers from Trump Admin Before Letting Arms Sales to United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia Move Forward

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced he needs more answers before letting the Trump Administration move forward with a proposed sale of tens of thousands of precision-guided munitions (PGM) kits to be used by the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in Yemen. "I am not confident that these weapons sales will be utilized strategically as effective leverage to push back on Iran's actions in … Continue Reading


June 27, 2018

In Advance of VP Pence’s trip to Ecuador, Menendez Leads Letter Encouraging Advancement of Bilateral Relations and Expressing Concern About Continued Support for WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by a group of nine of his democratic Senators today in sending a letter to Vice President Michael Pence encouraging him to continue building upon the important progress made in the U.S.-Ecuador bilateral relationship but also urging him to raise concerns with President Moreno about Ecuador's support for Mr. Assange at a time when WikiLeaks continues its efforts to undermine democ… Continue Reading


June 27, 2018

Senators Menendez, Gardner Introduce Legislation for North Korea Oversight

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the North Korea Policy Oversight Act of 2018, legislation that provides stringent congressional oversight of U.S. diplomacy with North Korea and any agreement that emerges from the Trump Administration's engagement with Kim Jong Un. Joining Menendez in introducing this bipartisan legislation was Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). The bill lays out Congressional support and oversight of … Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Menendez, Rubio, Cruz, Colleagues Reaffirm Commitment to the People Nicaragua

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Bill Nelson (D-FL), David Perdue (R-GA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Mike Lee (R-UT) today introduced a bipartisan resolution reaffirming the commitment of the United States in holding Daniel Ortega's regime accountable for acts of violence against the Nicaraguan people. The senators called on the Government of Nicaragua to end the rep… Continue Reading


June 25, 2018

Menendez Demands Trump Admin Fully Implement Bipartisan Russia Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, submitted the following statement for the Senate record urging the Trump Administration to hold Russia accountable by fully implementing the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). It has been eleven months since Congress overwhelmingly passed CAATSA's wide-ranging mandatory sanctions measures to hold Russia accountable for their destabilizing activities against our… Continue Reading


June 22, 2018

Menendez Raises Questions After Chinese State-Owned Company Receives Multimillion Contract for Trump Golf Club

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today raised questions after a partner of the Trump Organization in Dubai awarded a $19.6 million contract to a major Chinese government-owned company, China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC). This is the second time since Trump's inauguration that DAMAC Properties, the Trump Organization's partner in the United Arab Emirates, has granted a multimillion dollar road-buildin… Continue Reading


June 20, 2018

Menendez Marks World Refugee Day; Blasts Trump Admin for Mistreatment of Refugees in the U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, submitted the following statement for the Senate record marking World Refugee Day and blasting the Trump Administration's inhumane treatment of children and refugees trying to come into the United States. "Mr. President, I rise today in honor of World Refugee Day and to express my deep concern over the Trump Administration's systematic assault on refugees, asylum seekers, and the United St… Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

Top Democrats Demand Answers on Trump Loyalty Tests for Public Servants

WASHINGTON-Today, Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform demanded State Department documents related to reports that the Trump administration is vetting senior American employees at the State Department and international organizations to determine if they are sufficie… Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Menendez Requests Trump Emoluments Information from Five Foreign Governments

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent letters to the embassies of Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Malaysia, and the Philippines requesting information about their transactions with the Trump Organization for events and visits to its hotel in Washington, D.C. Senator Menendez's letters follow one he sent to the Trump Organization on March 1, 2018, requesting information about payments from foreign governments. The Trump… Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Menendez Opening Remarks at Nominations Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement at today's nomination hearing for Admiral Harry Harris to serve as US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea; David Schenker to be the Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs); and Ambassador Tibor Nagy Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs). His remarks follow: "Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing today. We have before us a pane… Continue Reading

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