Ranking Member's Press

August 10, 2020

Menendez Condemns Conduct of Election in Belarus

NEWARK- U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement condemning the widespread irregularities surrounding Sunday's elections in Belarus: "Alexander Lukashenka is living up to his reputation as the last dictator in Europe. Sunday's 'election' was a sham and a tragedy for the Belarusian people who have risked so much for freedom. The government's ongoing crackdown on the democratic opposition, as well as the arr… Continue Reading


August 07, 2020

Menendez, Durbin, Reed Call for FBI Briefings in Weeks Leading up to Election Day, Express Concern about Foreign Influence Efforts to Target Congressional Investigations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee Jack Reed (D-R.I.) in raising serious concerns over foreign actors' continued efforts to influence the November 2020 presidential election. In a letter addressed to Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Director Christopher Wray, the Senators called for the FBI to brie… Continue Reading


August 03, 2020

Menendez, Engel, Maloney Announce Subpoenas for Additional Witnesses in Investigation of IG Linick’s Firing and Release Details of Recent Witness Testimony

Washington- Senator Robert Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, today announced subpoenas for depositions of key witnesses in the Committees' joint investigation into the firing of former State Department Inspector General Steve A. Linick. The Committees also released details of a Ju… Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation to Provide Assistance, Support for Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today introduced the Ukraine Security Partnership Act to provide security assistance and strategic support to Ukraine. "Six years following Russia's invasion, Ukraine remains under daily assault on the ground, on the seas and in cyberspace. Ukrainian servi… Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Menendez, Inhofe Mourn the Death of Taiwan's Lee Teng-hui

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, released the following statement today on the passing of Lee Teng-hui, Taiwan's first democratically elected president: "We join the people of Taiwan in mourning the passing of Lee Teng-hui, and offer our prayers for his loved ones and to all those who continue to draw strength and inspiration from his life and legacy. It's not often that the story of a man's life tells the stor… Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Menendez Opening Remarks at Pompeo Hearing on State Department Budget Request for FY2021

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening statement at today's Foreign Relations Committee hearing entitled "Review of the FY2021 State Department Budget Request." Testifying at today's hearing was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "When you entered office, I offered a hand to work with you on areas where we could have built real agendas with bipartisan political buy-in - Venezuela, Iran, Russia,… Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

Declaraciones de Menendez en Apoyo al Nominado para Presidencia del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo

Washington-El senador Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), miembro de Más Alto Rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, presentó hoy las siguientes declaraciones para el registro del Senado en apoyo a Mauricio Claver-Carone, quien está nominado para servir como el próximo presidente del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID). "Sr. Presidente, pido la palabra para hablar sobre la presente campaña para seleccionar al próximo Presidente del Banco I… Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

Menendez Statement for the Record in Support of Nominee for Inter-American Development Bank

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today submitted the following statement for the Senate record in support for Mauricio Claver-Carone to serve as the next president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). "M. President, I rise to speak about the campaign currently underway to select the next president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in September of this year. The IDB has served as the preeminent development … Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Business Meeting

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at the beginning of today's Foreign Relations Committee business meeting. "We are here because Secretary Pompeo pressured to move certain nominees over our objection - objections that go to the core of whether we are a coequal branch of government or simply a doormat for the Secretary and the President," said Ranking Member Menendez, noting the lack of clarity … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Publishes New Report Documenting Trump Administration’s Decimation of the State Department

WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic Staff today published a new report documenting the Trump administration's decimation of the State Department. Commissioned by Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the report is a comprehensive examination of the Trump administration's assault on U.S. diplomacy. Through a review of ongoing senior-level vacancies plaguing the State Department, repeated nominee vetting failures, and attacks on career public servants, the report highlig… Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Menendez to Publish SFRC Minority Report on Trump Administration’s Decimation of State Department

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is convening a Congressional briefing on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 2:30 PM EDT to unveil a new report being published by the SFRC Democratic Staff. Commissioned by Ranking Member Menendez, the report, entitled "Diplomacy in Crisis: The Trump Administration's Decimation of the State Department," presents a comprehensive examination of the Trump administration's assault on U.S. diplomacy. Through … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Menendez, Durbin, Schumer Lead Democrats in Again Calling on Trump to Grant TPS for Venezuelans

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today led a group of 23 senators in again calling on President Trump to support the victims of the Maduro regime by granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelans fleeing the political, economic, and humanitarian crisis in their home country. "As the people of Venezuela continue to suffer… Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

Menendez Statement on Administration’s Loosening of Regulations to Export Drones

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Trump administration announced it would weaken the U.S. government's arms export policy regarding a decades-old multilateral arms control arrangement. The move to undermine the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) will enable defense contractors to begin selling certain U.S. armed drones to countries of concern: "The Trump Administration has once a… Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Menendez Opening Remarks at Nominations Committee Hearing on Ambassadors to Peru, Chile, Canada, Guatemala

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening statement at this morning's hearing on the nominations of Lisa S. Kenna to be Ambassador to the Peru, Leora Rosenberg Levy to be Ambassador to Chile, Aldona Z. Wos to be Ambassador to Canada, and William W. Popp to be Ambassador to Guatemala. Below are Ranking Member Menendez's remarks as delivered: "Mr. Chairman, I'm forced to note that this is … Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Menendez Opening Remarks at Hearing on Advancing Effective U.S. Competition With China: Objectives, Priorities, and Next Steps

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening statement at today's committee hearing entitled "Advancing Effective U.S. Competition With China: Objectives, Priorities, and Next Steps." Testifying at today's hearing was Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun. "I am deeply concerned that the Administration's approach is one that labors under the mistaken belief that just being confrontational is … Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Publishes New Minority Report: “The New Big Brother – China and Digital Authoritarianism”

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today published a new report by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic Staff on China's digital authoritarianism. Commissioned by Ranking Member Menendez, the report serves as the culmination of a comprehensive Committee investigation into China's efforts to develop, export, and institutionalize a new, authoritarian governance model for the digital domain. At a virtual briefing to … Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

Menendez Opening Remarks at Nominations Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening statement at this morning's hearing on the nominations of Marshall Billingslea to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, C.J. Mahoney to be Legal Adviser of the Department of State, and Carlos Trujillo to be Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. " I am a huge believer - spent my whole life - … Continue Reading


July 17, 2020

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Menendez to Publish SFRC Minority Report on China and Digital Authoritarianism

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is convening a Congressional briefing on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 2:30 PM EDT to unveil a new report being published by the SFRC Democratic Staff. The report, entitled "The New Big Brother: China and Digital Authoritarianism," is the culmination of a year-long SFRC investigation commissioned by Ranking Member Menendez into China's efforts to develop, export, and institutionalize a new, authorit… Continue Reading


July 17, 2020

Menendez, Booker Statement on Escalating Violence along Armenia-Azerbaijan Border

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) issued the following statement on the recent escalation in violence along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border: "We are deeply concerned about the reports of violence along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. Azerbaijan, with Turkey's support, has chosen a path of violence instead of the peaceful, negotiated process spearheaded by the OSCE Minsk Group. We urge a stop to th… Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Menendez on Trump Administration’s Launch of Controversial Commission on Unalienable Rights’ Report

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, today issued the following statement following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's launch of the Commission on Unalienable Rights' report: "Secretary Pompeo's launch of the Commission on Unalienable Rights' report represents another effort by the Trump Administration to undermine internationally-recognized human rights, further damaging the United States' reputation as a global human rights lea… Continue Reading

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