Ranking Member's Press

June 13, 2014

Chairman Menendez Writes President Obama, Supports Additional Sanctions against Russia

Newark, NJ - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote President Obama today about the deteriorating situation in Ukraine. In his letter to the President, Chairman Menendez wrote: "I strongly encourage the Administration to exercise authorities under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and other relevant statutes to more aggressively implement Executive Order 13622, which authorized the Secretary of the Treasury to impose sanctions a… Continue Reading


June 12, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on Implications of a Nuclear Iran

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 "Regional implications of a nuclear deal with Iran." "Thanks to our panelists who I know will provide thoughtful insights into the regional implications of a nuclear deal with Iran. "International attention is feverishly focused on the question of "IF" the P5+1 and Iran will be able to agree and on what. I ha… Continue Reading


June 11, 2014

Chairman Menendez Speaks Out About Minors Dangerously Crossing US Border (Video & Transcript)

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asks the nominee to be Ambassador to Honduras James Nealon about the humanitarian crisis involving minors dangerously crossing the U.S. border. Below is a video of their interaction during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing: Below is a transcript with Chairman Menendez's question: "Let me ask about the most pressing issue of the day - one that is in the headlines and on the m… Continue Reading


June 11, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Nominations Hearing

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 nominations hearing. "On our first panel today we have the nominees for U.S. Ambassadors to Egypt, Iraq, and Qatar. "In Egypt, on Sunday, former Minister of Defense Field Marshall Sisi was sworn into office. But, as we all know, a sustainable democratic transition is about more than elections. I remain concerned by the state … Continue Reading


June 05, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on Developments in Ukraine

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 on developments in Ukraine. "The Committee will come to order. "I want to welcome our panelists and thank them for taking time to share their perspective with Committee on developments in Ukraine, which appear only slightly less ominous than they did in Act One of this crisis.Now, we're in the beginning of Act Two wit… Continue Reading


June 03, 2014

Chairman Menendez Calls Presidential Election in Syria a “Shameful Mockery”

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the presidential election in Syria: "The presidential election in Syria is a shameful mockery of democracy and an insult to peaceful nations across the globe. Though intended to bestow seven more years of power on Bashar al-Assad, he has no legitimate claim to power and he is nothing more than a dictator." "Because of Assad's willingness to kill, tort… Continue Reading


June 02, 2014

Chairman Menendez: Bond Decision Clears Way for Consideration of Disability Treaty

Newark, NJ - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released a statement regarding the United States Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Bond. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that prosecutors cannot rely on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction or its implementing statute to convict a woman who attacked her husband's mistress using toxic … Continue Reading


June 02, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement Regarding King Juan Carlos of Spain

Newark, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement regarding King Juan Carlos of Spain: "King Juan Carlos led his nation throughout a unique period of history defined by change and challenge as Spain transitioned from dictatorship to democracy. He fulfilled an indispensable role in strengthening the country's institutions and uniting the Spanish people. It is difficult to overstate the impact King Juan Carlos has had on m… Continue Reading


May 27, 2014

Chairman Menendez Expresses Serious Concern Regarding United States Chamber of Commerce Trip to Cuba

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote United States Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue today and expressed serious concern about the Chamber of Commerce's upcoming trip to Cuba. In the letter, Sen. Menendez wrote: "I would like to reiterate my concerns about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's trip and the desire to strengthen its relationship with the Government of Cuba - a government that jails foreign busines… Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

Senators Introduce Legislation to Repeal 2002 Resolution Authorizing Use of Military Force Against Iraq

Washington, DC - U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced legislation today repealing the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Against Iraq that passed in 2002. The legislation was introduced following a hearing yesterday in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the AUMFs for Iraq and Afghanistan. "The time to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force for Iraq is past due," said Chairman Menendez. "Our se… Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

Senators Urge a Return to Democratic Rule in Thailand Following Military Coup

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following statement on the military coup in Thailand. Senator Cardin is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Senator Menendez is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Leahy is Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related programs. "We are deeply disappointed by the … Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

Chairman Menendez Expresses Deep Concern over Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis in Burma

Washington, DC - Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) wrote President Thein Sein of Burma expressing deep concern over the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting the Muslim Rohingya in Burma. In the letter, Sen. Menendez wrote: "I urgently request that your government take immediate steps to end the persecution of the Rohingya, ensure the security of international aid groups and facilitate their immediate access to Rakhine state." The letter can be found below and here. His Excellency Thein Sei… Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement regarding United States – Spain Tax Treaty

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement regarding the United States - Spain Tax Treaty. "Over the past five years, I worked to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Spain in my former capacity as the Honorary Chairman of the United States - Spain Council. One of the key objectives of both countries during that time was the reduction of double taxation which hindered commercial activities.… Continue Reading


May 21, 2014

Senators Introduce Resolution Condemning Death Sentence for Sudanese Christian Woman

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today introduced legislation condemning the death sentence of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a Sudanese Christian woman accused of apostasy, and calling for her immediate and unconditional release from prison, where she remains with her 20 month-old son. Ibrahim, also eight months pregnant, was sentenced to death for allegedly leaving Islam after authorities were made aware of her marri… Continue Reading


May 21, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on Authorization for Use of Military Force After Iraq, Afghanistan

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 use of military force after Iraq and Afghanistan." "This hearing will come to order. Let me welcome our panelists to this important hearing on how, when, and where the United States brings to bear the power of our military. "The 9/11 AUMF has served the United States well. It has provided bro… Continue Reading


May 16, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement regarding Election Results in India

Newark, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement regarding the election results in India. "The people of India have proudly participated in the world's largest democratic exercise, which resulted in a historic turnout of more than 550 million citizens exercising their right to vote. I congratulate those who participated in the elections for their robust commitment to the democratic process and send my support to India's… Continue Reading


May 15, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement after Meeting Ioannis Kasoulides, Foreign Affairs Minister for the Republic of Cyprus

Washington, DC -U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after meeting His Excellency Ioannis Kasoulides, Foreign Affairs Minister for the Republic of Cyprus. "This July marks the 40th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and today Foreign Minister Kasoulides briefed me on his government's ongoing efforts to end the occupation and reunify the island. These negotiations deserve the attention and support of the Unit… Continue Reading


May 15, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Sub-Committee Hearing on Abduction of Nigerian Girls

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 sub-committee hearing addressing the threat of Boko Haram and examining the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls. "Thank you to Senator Coons and Senator Flake for holding this hearing today. "We are all appalled at the plight of nearly 300 young women abducted in Nigeria by Boko Haram - which means "education is forbidden" … Continue Reading


May 14, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Coal Mine Tragedy in Turkey

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement regarding the coal mine disaster in Turkey. "Turkey is confronting a national tragedy today and during this time of mourning, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to the Turkish people. The images of suffering and the solemn expressions of loss evident at the coal mine facility in Soma are searing and truly heartbreaking. The United States is ready to assist the Turkish g… Continue Reading


May 14, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on Nominations to the International Monetary Fund, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Inter-American Development Bank

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 hearing for posts at the International Monetary Fund, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Inter-American Development Bank. The remarks follow: "Today we have four well-qualified nominees for the Committee's consideration. These nominees, if confirmed, will represent the United States in the Int… Continue Reading

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