Ranking Member's Press

January 15, 2015

Corker Discusses Key Issues Facing Congress in the Year Ahead

HERSHEY, Pennsylvania - Appearing on Bloomberg Television with Peter Cook from the Senate-House Republican retreat today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) discussed some of the major issues facing Congress in the year ahead including Iran nuclear discussions, an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against ISIS, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding in light of President Obama's recent executive action on immigration, the need for Congress to address housing finance reform… Continue Reading


January 07, 2015

Corker Elected Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) issued the following statement upon being named chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the 114th Congress. Corker's appointment will be confirmed Thursday during a meeting of Senate Republicans and is expected to be ratified when the Senate passes a resolution officially organizing committees in the coming days. "Tennesseans have given me the great privilege of serving in the United States Senate, and I am excited about the opportun… Continue Reading


January 04, 2015

Corker Discusses Key Foreign Policy Issues Facing the Senate in the New Congress on FOX News Sunday

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. - Appearing on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), discussed some of the major foreign policy issues facing the Senate in the year ahead including Iran sanctions, the administration's new U.S. policy toward Cuba, the president's plan to close Guantanamo Bay, and the fight against ISIS. *** On the administration's new U.S. policy toward Cuba: "As I said when the announcement was made, the first thing we want to do is understand what be… Continue Reading


January 02, 2015

Corker Statement on North Korea Sanctions

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) issued the following statement today regarding President Obama's executive order to impose additional sanctions on North Korea as a response to its ongoing provocative actions. The executive order included financial sanctions on 10 North Korean officials and three government agencies. "The administration's decision to impose new sanctions on North Korean entities and individuals sends a message to North Korea and others that the United Stat… Continue Reading


December 19, 2014

Chairman Menendez Writes Secretary Kerry on North Korea’s Cyber-Terror Attack on Sony Pictures

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent the following letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to consider re-designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism in wake of the North Korean cyber-terror attack on Sony Pictures. In the letter, Chairman Menendez asked Secretary Kerry to consider the re-designation, noting that: "North Korean actions set a dangerous precedent. Through cyber-attacks North Korea was ab… Continue Reading


December 17, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Statement on U.S. – Cuba Relationship

NEWARK, NJ - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), issued this statement regarding the U.S. - Cuba relationship. "Today's policy announcement is misguided and fails to understand the nature of the regime in Cuba that has exerted its authoritarian control over the Cuban people for 55 years. No one wishes that the reality in Cuba was more different than the Cuban people and Cuban-Americans that have fled the island in search of freedom. In November, the Cuban Commi… Continue Reading


December 17, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Statement on the Release of Alan Gross

WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), issued this statement following the release of Alan Gross. "This is a moment of profound relief for Alan Gross and his family. Mr. Gross' physical and mental health has declined severely as a result of his five-year imprisonment under difficult conditions. He should have been released immediately and unconditionally five years ago. He committed no crime and was simply working to provide internet access to C… Continue Reading


December 16, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Today’s Terrorist Attack in Pakistan

Washington, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), issued this statement regarding the terrorist attack in Pakistan. "I condemn in the strongest and most forceful of terms today's attack targeting innocent children. Pakistan is grieving today and we in the United States mourn alongside the families who have lost their loved ones at the Army Public School in Peshawar. The Pakistani Taliban's extremism and terrorism continues to deny peace and stability to t… Continue Reading


December 16, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Remarks About Turkey’s Incursion in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks expressing grave concern over the Republic of Turkey's incursion into Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). "This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Turkish invasion. We hoped that it would have brought a fair settlement to the Cyprus question, that it would have brought an end to 40 year long occupation and division of the island by Turkey. There is… Continue Reading


December 11, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 Approved by the Senate

WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), issued this statement following Senate passage of the bipartisan Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014. The legislation authorizes critical defensive, lethal military and non-military assistance for the government of Ukraine, and imposes additional sanctions against Russia's energy and defense sectors. "The U.S. Senate stands shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with the Ukrainian government and its people again… Continue Reading


December 11, 2014

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Authorization for Use of Military Force Against ISIL

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following the passage of an Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIL: "Congress has a constitutional responsibility to uphold and a moral obligation to meet when sending our sons and daughters into war. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee fulfilled this weighty charge today through serious debate and committed action by voting for this Authorization fo… Continue Reading


December 10, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act Approved by Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and author of the bipartisan Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act, issued this statement following the bill's passage in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation was approved by the U.S. Senate on Monday and it dramatically builds upon existing travel bans by requiring further Administration actions targeting individuals in Venezuela who committed human rights… Continue Reading


December 09, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on “Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIL”

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's hearing titled "Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIL." "Thank you, Secretary Kerry for being here. When you last appeared before this Committee in September you asked Congress to authorize the use of military force against ISIL. We have an AUMF that the Committee will consider later this week. Today, we ar… Continue Reading


December 08, 2014

Chairman Menendez Applauds Passage of Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and author of the bipartisan Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act, issued this statement following the bill's passage in the U.S. Senate. "Today, the United States Senate sent a clear and unequivocal message to the Government of Venezuela. For too long, Venezuelans have faced state-sponsored violence at the hands of government security forces and watched their country's… Continue Reading


December 03, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Five-Year Imprisonment of Alan Gross

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the below statement regarding the continued imprisonment of Alan Gross by the Cuban government. "For five long years, the Cuban government has falsely imprisoned Alan Gross in conditions that have taken a great toll on his personal health, his mental well-being, and his family. Alan Gross' detention is a cruel reminder of a half-century of injustice and human rights abuses perpetr… Continue Reading


December 03, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on “Dismantling Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program: Next Steps To Achieve A Comprehensive Deal”

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's hearing titled "Dismantling Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program: Next Steps To Achieve A Comprehensive Deal." "This hearing will come to order. Today we have an expert panel to provide an assessment of the status of P5+1 talks and the likelihood of reaching a complete political framework for a comprehensive deal in the next 4 mont… Continue Reading


November 25, 2014

Chairman Menendez Joins Group of Bipartisan Senators in Letter to Sec. Kerry on Missing Mexican Students

WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter sent to Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday, a group of 14 Senators including Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ), wrote to express their deep concern for the lives of the 43 young students that disappeared on September 26th in the State of Guerrero, Mexico. The Senators call for additional attention on "strengthening the investigative and forensic capacity of Mexican law enforcement and its ability to serve victims of crime, violence, and h… Continue Reading


November 24, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Iran Nuclear Negotiations

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the below statement regarding the Iran nuclear negotiations. "I commend the Administration's diplomatic efforts in pursuit of a comprehensive agreement with Iran to terminate its illicit nuclear program. The burden of proof to resolve questions about Iran's nuclear weapons program lies squarely with the Iranians. It is disappointing and worrying that after a year of serious talks with … Continue Reading


November 20, 2014

Menendez, Kirk Introduce Resolution Expressing U.S. Concern for Rights of Muslim Rohingya in Burma And Southeast Asia

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) was joined by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) today in introducing a resolution condemning all forms of persecution and discrimination against the Muslim Rohingya ethnic group in Burma, and calling on the regional governments to protect the rights of Rohingya refugees. The bipartisan resolution addresses the plight of the Rohingya in Burma as they confront a dire humanitarian situation, targeted ethnic violence, and government policies that render t… Continue Reading


November 19, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Nomination Hearing for Tony Blinken to be Deputy Secretary of State

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's nomination for Mr. Antony Blinken of New York to the position of Deputy Secretary of State. "I welcome you back to the Committee. As the former Staff Director of this Committee for Chairman Biden, you know as much about the nomination process as anyone, but perhaps you are less familiar with being on that side of the table. … Continue Reading

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