Ranking Member's Press

March 05, 2018

Menendez Urges Tillerson to Match Administration Africa Policy Statements with Action Ahead of Trip to Continent

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Monday ahead of his first trip to Africa as America's top diplomat later this week. Senator Menendez writes that the Administration's approach to Africa, while focused in principle on four major themes, has been undercut in practice by a "failure to properly staff the Africa bureau, inadequate budget requests, lack of strategic engagement with the co… Continue Reading


March 01, 2018

Menendez Reacts to Resignation of US Ambassador to Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobson, announced her resignation: "Ambassador Jacobson's departure marks yet another critical moment in the exodus of expertise from a State Department suffering under poor management and dangerous political guidance. "Mexico is one of our most important bilateral partners in the world. But since his c… Continue Reading


February 28, 2018

Menendez Writes Tillerson, Mnuchin Regarding CAATSA Concerns

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Wednesday, expressing dismay that the Trump Administration has failed to implement many mandatory sanctions and reporting provisions of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a law passed overwhelmingly by Congress last summer to hold Russia, Iran and North Korea accountable for their… Continue Reading


February 28, 2018

Menendez Calls for Swift Action on Countering Kremlin Propaganda With Congressionally Authorized Funds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after the Departments of State and Defense reached an agreement to transfer $40M to the State Department's Global Engagement Center to fight foreign government-sponsored propaganda. "It is well past time that the State Department's Global Engagement Center (GEC) gets the resources Congress intended for it to effectively fight Kremlin-sponsored disinform… Continue Reading


February 27, 2018

Menendez Reacts to Sudden Resignation of Lead State Dept. North Korea Negotiator

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday upon the news that Ambassador Joe Yun, the lead State Department official responsible for North Korea negotiations, is resigning: "Today's announcement that Ambassador Joe Yun, our top North Korea diplomat, is resigning is yet another setback in the Trump Administration's chaotic and uneven approach to diplomacy in the Korean peninsula and to the over… Continue Reading


February 27, 2018

Senate Resolution Condemns Venezuelan Government's Proposed Sham Election, Calls for Delay Until Minimal Electoral Standards Met

WASHINGTON-Eleven United States Senators today introduced a resolution condemning repressive and undemocratic actions taken by the Venezuelan government, and calling for free and fair elections for its people. The resolution states that any upcoming election not meeting established international standards would be considered illegitimate, and condemns the regime's cruel use of government food rations to influence votes during a period of severe food shortages and widespread hunger. The Resolutio… Continue Reading


February 26, 2018

Menendez on Government-Sanctioned Violence Against Peaceful Protestors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement condemning the government-sanctioned violence this weekend that resulted in the deaths of innocent people and the unjust imprisonment of peaceful protesters in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. "I condemn in the strongest possible terms the violent suppression, mass arrests and killing of peaceful protesters in Kinshasa this past weekend. The exce… Continue Reading


February 26, 2018

Menendez Calls on Trump Admin Official to Assess Conditions in Haiti Firsthand and Reverse Decision Ending TPS for Haiti

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan in advance of his trip to Port-au-Prince urging him to assess conditions on the ground in Haiti and reconsider the Trump Administration's misguided decision to end the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) designation for Haitians living in the United States. As a leading voice in Congress to uphold Temporary Protected Status (TPS)… Continue Reading


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

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