Ranking Member's Press

September 16, 2020

Senate Republicans Again Block Menendez Effort to Designate Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate Floor after Senate Republicans blocked a unanimous consent (UC) request to immediately approve the House-passed Venezuela TPS Act of 2019. Menendez was joined on the Senate Floor by Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). This is the fourth time that Senate Republicans block the legislation to provide Temporary… Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Menendez, Engel Lead Dems in Calling on USAGM to Renew Foreign National Journalist Visa Extensions

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today led seven of their Senate and House colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) CEO Michael Pack seeking answers to his reported decision not to renew visa extensions for foreign nationals working as journalists in the United States for USAGM networks and grantees includi… Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Menendez, Risch Murphy, Rubio, Durbin Lead Colleagues in Introducing Resolution in Support of the Belarusian People

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), today introduced a resolution condemning the crackdown on peaceful protestors in Belar… Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Senate Dems Decry Trump Administration on Expulsion of Asylum Seekers from Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in calling on the Trump administration to end its anti-immigrant policies denying access to asylum for Venezuelans, Cubans, Nicaraguans, and others forced to flee their countries. In a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Strate… Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Menendez: We Must do Right by 9/11 Families as they Seek Justice

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement committing to stand by survivors of the 9/11 attacks and victims' families: "On the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, we not only remember those who perished on that horrific day and those who later succumbed to their illnesses, but we remind the country and the world of our commitment to support the victims and their families. For too long, 9/11 victims an… Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Menendez, Cardin Call on Treasury Department to Announce New Magnitsky Act Designations

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, today sent a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin calling on the Trump administration to immediately release a robust and credible set of Magnitsky Act designations for 2019. Citing the longstanding expectation that Treasury announce each year's Magnitsky Act designations by December, the… Continue Reading


September 02, 2020

Menendez Statement on Poisoning of Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the government of Germany confirmed today that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned using the nerve agent Novichok, a highly lethal military grade nerve agent the Russian government is known to have developed: "Given the Kremlin's long history of using Novichok to carry out state-sanctioned murders, today's announcement points to the … Continue Reading


August 31, 2020

Leading Democrats Sound Alarm on USAID 2020 Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by 14 of his Senate Democratic colleagues in rejecting the Trump Administration's recently released draft proposal to change the gender policy for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). "This policy, which supplants USAID's 2012 gender policy in its entirety, is riddled with shortcomings and problematic characterizations of fundamental rights. It is a … Continue Reading


August 31, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Statement on Recent Attacks Against U.S. Military in Afghanistan

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the recent rocket attacks targeting U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, which could constitute a direct violation of the peace deal signed between the United States and the Taliban: "The attacks over the past two months in Helmand province against U.S. troops could indicate a clear violation of the Feb 29th arrangement between the Taliban and the Trump Admi… Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

Menendez, Risch Joint Statement on Belarus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on ongoing violence and unrest in Belarus following the presidential election earlier this month: "It has been nearly three weeks since President Alexander Lukashenka stole another presidential election, and our admiration for the Belarusian people continues to grow. Belarusians have shown the world that they will… Continue Reading


August 26, 2020

Menendez and Smith Statement on the Costs of Allowing the New START Treaty to Expire

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published a new report regarding the potential costs of expanding U.S. strategic nuclear forces if the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) Expires: "CBO's nonpartisan report is clear: The Trump administration's un… Continue Reading


August 24, 2020

Menendez, Risch, Reed, Inhofe Send Message of Support to Philippines in Wake of Bombings on Jolo Island

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after two explosions on Jolo Island, Philippines resulted in multiple Philippine military and civilian casualties: "We extend our sincere condolences and a strong message of suppor… Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Menendez Statement on Secretary Pompeo’s Subversion of Congressional Oversight for Political Purposes

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent actions to leverage the work of the State Department to obstruct transparency, escape accountability, and advance the personal and electoral agenda of President Donald Trump: "It is no secret that the President and his Secretary of State recoil from scrutiny. They claim to act on behalf of the American people, y… Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

Menendez, Risch Letter to Iraqi PM Expresses Support for Continued Partnership

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to Prime Minister al-Kadhimi of Iraq ahead of his official visit to the United States later this week. The senators express their continued support for a robust partnership between the U.S. and Iraq, and their desire to deepen that relationship for the benefit of both U.S. and Iraqi security and prosperity. "We write to welcome you to … Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Statement on World Humanitarian Day

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in observance of World Humanitarian Day: "Today, on World Humanitarian Day, I recognize and honor humanitarian workers who courageously provide life-saving aid and protection to millions of people whose lives have been torn apart by conflict or disaster. With nearly 80 million forcibly displaced around the world today, their work is needed more than ever before,… Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Menendez, Cardin Call for an Independent and Transparent Process in Guatemala’s Judicial System

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), sent a letter to Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Michael Kozak urging the Trump Administration to use all available diplomatic tools to underscore the importance of an independent and transparent judicial system in Guatemala. The letter comes in the wake of recent reports detailing the involvement of illicit groups attempting to i… Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Menéndez, Rubio y Colegas Presentan Proyecto para Fortalecer Competitividad de EEUU y Contrarrestar a China en Latinoamérica y el Caribe

WASHINGTON - El Senador Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Miembro de Más Alto Rango de el Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, y los Senadores Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) y Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Presidente y Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité del Hemisferio Occidental, Ted Cruz (R-Texas), y Tim Kaine (D-Va.) presentaron hoy el proyecto de ley para la Promoción de la Competitividad, la Transparencia y la Seguridad en las Américas (ACTSA, por sus siglas en… Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Menendez, Rubio Lead Introduction of Groundbreaking Legislation to Strengthen U.S. Competitiveness and Address China’s Engagement in the Americas

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today introduced the Advancing Competitiveness, Transparency, and Security in the Americas Act (ACTSA). The new groundbreaking legislation would strengthen economic competitiveness, expand safeguards… Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Senators Menendez and Van Hollen Call for Sanctions in Response to Turkish Aggression in the Eastern Mediterranean

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in advance of his meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias scheduled for Friday. Citing Turkey's recent deployment of naval vessels to shadow a drilling ship into Greece's exclusive economi… Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Menendez, Risch Lead Bipartisan Senate Resolution in Solidarity with People of Lebanon Following Port of Beirut Blast

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today were joined by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in introducing a Senate Resolution regarding the massive explosion in the Port of Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, 2020. The bipartisan resolution extends heartfelt condolences to the people o… Continue Reading

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