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September 09, 2013

Menendez Speaks on Senate Floor on Authorizing the Use of Force in Syria

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, spoke on the Senate Floor today, talking about his resolution to authorize the use of military force in Syria. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aoDh3D9AQ4 The statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: We come to this Chamber, as we have many times before, to make one of the most difficult decisions we are tasked to make: the authorization of the use of American military power, this time in Syri… Continue Reading


September 04, 2013

Chairman Menendez’s Final Remarks at Business Meeting on Syria Authorization (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following brief closing remarks after the committee passed the resolution authorizing the use of military force in Syria. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrcbplFc7xI ###… Continue Reading


September 03, 2013

Chairman Menendez Statement on Agreement with Ranking Member Corker on Text for Authorization for the Use of Military Force

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the statement below after successfully negotiating with Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN) on the text for an Authorization for the Use of Military Force in Syria: "Sharing President Obama's view that our nation is best served when we come together as one, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has crafted a bipartisan Authorization for the Use of Military Force that we believe reflects… Continue Reading


September 03, 2013

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at the Hearing on Authorization of Use of Military Force in Syria

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, "Authorization of Use of Force in Syria." The remarks follow: "Let me welcome Secretary Kerry, Secretary Hagel, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Dempsey, to the Committee. We convene this hearing, as we have convened many before, to make one of the most difficult decisions we are tasked to make: th… Continue Reading


August 31, 2013

Chairman Menendez and Senate Foreign Relations Committee to Hold Hearing on Tuesday regarding Authorization for Use of Military Force in Syria

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will preside over a hearing beginning this Tuesday to debate the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Syria. "I have spoken with Leader Reid and beginning this Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will debate the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Syria. Senior Administration witnesses will testify before the Committee and the Congress will debate this issue actively, full… Continue Reading


August 31, 2013

Chairman Menendez Statement on Syria

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the statement below following the President's address. Within the past hour, Chairman Menendez was briefed by the White House Chief of Staff on the latest developments in Syria. "The mass atrocity committed by the Assad regime in grave violation of international law is searing to the soul and blinding to the eye. To allow a despot to gas their population indiscriminately and with impunity… Continue Reading


August 29, 2013

Chairman Menendez Statement Following National Security Call on Syria

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the statement below following the national security call on Syria that just concluded. "The use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime requires a decisive response. Our national security interests, those of our allies, and regional stability are at risk as Syria is disintegrating into a failed state. This is not a moment to look the other way, to blind ourselves to the horrifying i… Continue Reading


August 22, 2013

Chairman Menendez Calls for United Nations Security Council to Take Action Against Syria in Response to Chemical Attack

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Sen Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the reported chemical weapon attack by the Assad regime in Syria. "I am shocked and deeply concerned by reports that more than a thousand Syrian civilians may have been killed in a chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government," said Senator Menendez. "It is imperative that the United Nations investigative team currently in Syria be allowed to do its work… Continue Reading


August 19, 2013

Chairman Menendez Promotes NJ Business Opportunities During Taiwan Visit

Taipei, Taiwan- U.S. Sen Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, shared his views about New Jersey's education system, supply chain integration, valuable ports, and market access advantages with leaders in Taiwan, including Vice President Wu Dunyi. "New Jersey is home to numerous cutting-edge research facilities, world-renowned educational institutions and our state's port accessibility connects all that we have to offer to opportunities throughout the global… Continue Reading


August 19, 2013

Chairman Menendez Speaks in South Korea about Asia-American Policies

Seoul, South Korea - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, gave a speech about economic statecraft and the new American internationalism at the Asan Institute. This is Chairman Menendez's first visit to the region as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In addition to South Korea, other stops on his trip include Japan, Taiwan and China. Official speech photo is copied below and available for download. Below is the text of the s… Continue Reading


August 15, 2013

Chairman Menendez Statement on Violence in Egypt

Tokyo, Japan - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Egypt while on travel in Asia: "The violent attacks in Egypt are tragic and this bloodshed is counterproductive to the aspirations of all the Egyptian people. A prosperous, thriving, and democratic Egypt is a nation that renounces violence and that respects the basic human rights of its citizens. I call on all parties immediately and unequivocally to dem… Continue Reading


August 12, 2013

Chairman Menendez Travels to Japan, Taiwan, Korea and China for Bilateral Meetings

Newark, NJ - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) departed this afternoon for a nine-day visit to Asia, his first visit to the region as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Menendez will visit: Japan on August 13th through the 15th Taiwan on August 15th through the 17th Korea on August 17th through the 19th China on August 19th through the 21st In Japan, Chairman Menendez is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Abe, Foreign Minister Kishida, Defense Minister Onodera, as we… Continue Reading


August 08, 2013

Chairman Menendez Statement on the Visit by Greek Prime Minister Samaras to Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the statement below regarding today's visit to Washington, D.C. by Greek Prime Minister Samaras: "The relationship between the United States and Greece is built on a special bond of trust and shared values, and that friendship was on display today during Prime Minister Samaras' visit with President Obama and Secretary Kerry," said Menendez. "The bond between the United States and Gre… Continue Reading


August 07, 2013

Chairman Menendez Praises Ambassador Power’s Call for Cuba to Investigate Death of Oswaldo Payá

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the statement below applauding U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power for calling on Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parilla to investigate the death of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá. "The new U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, has delivered a forceful message in support of freedom and human rights in Cuba by calling on the Cuban government to conduct an ind… Continue Reading


August 05, 2013

Seventy-Six Senators Urge Obama to Renew Urgency on Iranian Nuclear Program

WASHINGTON, DC - Seventy-six U.S. Senators called for tougher sanctions against Iran in a bipartisan letter sent to President Obama. The letter was circulated by Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bob Casey (D-PA), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). In their letter to President Obama, the 76 Senators write: "But until we see a significant slowdown of Iran's nuclear activities, we believe our nation must toughen sanctions and reinforce the credibility … Continue Reading


August 02, 2013

Bipartisan Embassy Security, Threat Mitigation and Personnel Protection Act of 2013 Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today passed the Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty Embassy Security, Threat Mitigation, and Personnel Protection Act of 2013 to prevent future attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts. The bipartisan legislation was introduced by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN). On July 16, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on embas… Continue Reading


August 01, 2013

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Resolution Supporting Democracy in Venezuela, Condemning Violence against Political Opposition

WASHINGTON, DC - Following Venezuela's highly contested presidential elections and in response to growing political polarization, sporadic acts of violence against political opposition members, and an absence of political dialogue, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a resolution today supporting Venezuelan democracy, and condemning violence and intimidation against the country's political opposition. The resolution was introduced by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Senate Foreign Relati… Continue Reading


August 01, 2013

Chairman Menendez Statement on Edward Snowden Developments

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the statement below regarding the recent developments in Russia concerning Edward Snowden: "Edward Snowden is a fugitive who belongs in a United States courtroom, not a free man deserving of asylum in Russia," Menendez said. "Regardless of the fact that Russia is granting asylum for one year, this action is a setback to U.S.-Russia relations. Edward Snowden will potentially do great … Continue Reading


July 30, 2013

Chairman Menendez Statement on Passage of Senate Resolution Calling for Peaceful Outcomes to Maritime Disputes in East and South China Seas

WASHINGTON, DC - On July 29, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved Senate Resolution 167, sponsored by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which calls for the peaceful resolution of maritime and territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas. Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN), as well as Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) of the Asia-Pacific Subcommittee authored the resolution with Menendez. "The territorial disputes at play in … Continue Reading


July 29, 2013

Chairman Menendez Statement on Resumption of Middle East Peace Talks

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the statement below regarding Middle East peace talks set to begin today in Washington, DC. "I applaud Secretary Kerry's success in bringing the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table. Peace and a two-state solution in the Middle East will only come about by Israelis and Palestinians talking face-to-face. Negotiations require compromise and yesterday's vote by the Isr… Continue Reading

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