Ranking Member's Press

July 11, 2014

Senators Express “Grave Concern” over Escalating Violence in Sudan in Letter to President Obama

Washington, DC - U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Chris Coons (D-DE) wrote President Obama today, urging the Administration to respond to the escalation of violence and the targeting of civilians in Darfur and the Two Areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. In the letter, the Senators wrote: "The international community should ensure unrelenting scrutiny on the government of Sudan to stem the loss of innocent lives and prevent its policies, set in motion a decade ago, fr… Continue Reading


July 11, 2014

Bipartisan Maritime Security Resolution for the Asia-Pacific Region Approved by U.S. Senate

Washington, DC - A bipartisan maritime security resolution reaffirming support of the U.S. government for freedom of navigation in the Asia-Pacific region and for the peaceful diplomatic resolution of outstanding territorial and maritime disputes passed the U.S. Senate late yesterday. Senate Resolution 412 was introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Jim Risch (R-ID), and John McCain (R-AZ) - all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "T… Continue Reading


July 10, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement Regarding U.S. Appeals Court Ruling on $1.75 Billion Award for Victims in Iran Terror Cases

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Appeals Court ruling that $1.75 billion in Iranian funds was awarded to the families of victims of terror attacks perpetrated by Iran. The ruling clears the way for funds to be distributed to victims of Iran-sponsored terror attacks, including the 1983 bombing that killed 241 Marines in Beirut, Lebanon and the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towe… Continue Reading


July 10, 2014

Menendez, Graham, Ayotte, and Schumer Introduce Resolution Expressing US Support for Israel

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today introduced a resolution expressing support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization. The resolution: Reaffirms the United States' support for Israel's right to defend its citizens and ensure the survival of the State of Israel; Condemns the unprovoked rocket fire at Israel; Calls on Hamas to im… Continue Reading


July 09, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on Russia and 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 titled "Russia and Developments in Ukraine." "This hearing will come to order. We have two distinguished panels today to help us look more closely at developments in Ukraine. "We are pleased to have - on our first panel - Assistant Secretaries from State, Treasury, and Defense to brief us on the situation on the grou… Continue Reading


June 30, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement Regarding the Murder of Three Kidnapped Israeli Teenagers

Newark, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the below statement regarding the tragic murder of Israeli teenagers Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar: "There are no words of condolence or solace that can ever comfort the bereaved families of Gilad, Naftali, and Eyal. Hope for their recovery has transformed into mourning. During this somber period, we pray for their parents and communities who are heartbroken at this hour… Continue Reading


June 27, 2014

Menendez on Start of Ramadan

Newark, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the below statement regarding the start of Ramadan: "The holy month of Ramadan is marked by a period of fasting and self-reflection, a time defined by prayer, service, and charity. These are universal values, embraced by communities of all faiths and religions. Ramadan is also a time for breaking bread with families, friends, and neighbors in the spirit of interfaith harmony. As millio… Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Administration’s Initiatives to Improve Security in Latin America and Caribbean

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding recent Administration initiatives to improve security programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. "In the wake of Vice President Biden's recent trip to Latin America and the Caribbean, I congratulate the Obama Administration for its increased efforts to address the many challenges facing countries in the region, including the need for greater energy… Continue Reading


June 25, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on the Future of U.S.-China Relations

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 "The Future of U.S.-China Relations." "There is no question that one of our biggest foreign policy challenges is getting the relationship between the United States and China - and the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific - right. "Today's hearing exploring the U.S.-China relationship, and coming - as it does… Continue Reading


June 24, 2014

Assessing Progress in Haiti Act Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following the passage of the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act which was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today. "Five years after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, meaningful rebuilding and redevelopment continues, but it is far from complete," Menendez said. "The U.S. Congress played an instrumental role in the recovery effort by approving $3.6 bi… Continue Reading


June 24, 2014

Menendez and Corker Legislation on Preventing International Child Abduction and Increasing Access to Electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Washington, DC - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today passed the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act and Energize Africa. Both bills were sponsored by Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN). The Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act strengthens, streamlines, and adds important prevention measures to H.R. 3212, which the House passed in December 2013. It bolsters U.S. policy regarding internation… Continue Reading


June 19, 2014

Menendez, Corker, Coons, Isakson, Markey, Johanns Introduce Energize Africa Bill

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN), along with Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Mike Johanns (R-NE) introduced the Energize Africa Act, a bill seeking to help contribute a meaningful role in providing nearly 600 million Africans with electricity. The legislation will make it US policy to help 50 million Africans with first-time access to electricity and add 20,000 m… Continue Reading


June 19, 2014

Menendez, Corker Introduce International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN) today introduced the Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act to better address the growing problem of international parental child abduction. "It was New Jersey native David Goldman's extraordinary five-year battle to bring his son, Sean, home from Brazil that highlighted for me the horrendous problem of international parental child ab… Continue Reading


June 19, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Kidnapped Teens in Israel

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement calling for the immediate and safe return of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers: "Our hearts go out to the families of the kidnapped teens and the horror that they are living through right now. I offer my support to the Israeli leaders who are working around the clock to bring the teenagers home safely. "This is an act of terror, perpetrated by those w… Continue Reading


June 18, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on U.S. Policy in 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 "U.S. Policy In Afghanistan and the Regional Implications of the 2014 Transition." "I would like to thank both of our witnesses for joining us today as we consider U.S. policy in Afghanistan and the regional implications of the drawdown of int… Continue Reading


June 18, 2014

Chairman Menendez Remarks on the Failure to Confirm Ambassadorial Nominees due to Republican Obstructionism

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement as prepared for delivery, on the Senate floor regarding the Senate's inability to confirm ambassadorial nominees due to Republican obstructionism. "I rise for the 42 well-qualified and very patient nominees who through no fault of their own, no fault of the Foreign Relations Committee, no fault of their records of service to this nation - are caught in the Senate… Continue Reading


June 16, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Elections in Colombia

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding President Santos' reelection in Colombia: "I want to congratulate President Juan Manuel Santos on his reelection and applaud the Colombian people for their participation in yesterday's electoral process. Over the past decade, Colombia has undergone a remarkable transformation as the effects of the country's longstanding conflict with guerrilla groups… Continue Reading


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

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