Ranking Member's Press

May 01, 2014

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Abduction of School Girls in Nigeria

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chris Coons (D-DE) today introduced a resolution condemning the April 14 abduction of as many as 234 Nigerian school girls by the terrorist group Boko Haram. While local officials have reported that several students were able to escape, nearly 200 of the abducted girls, most of them between 16 and 18 years old, remain missing, and news reports from the regi… Continue Reading


April 28, 2014

Chairman Menendez's Statement in Observance of Yom Hashoah

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in observance of Yom Hashoah: "Today on Yom Hashoah, we stand together as one community of all faiths in commemorating the Nazi-perpetrated genocide and murder of more than six million Jews. On this day of remembrance, we commit ourselves in words and deeds to never again allow such a tragedy to take place. In Israel, this solemn day is called Holocaust and Heroism Reme… Continue Reading


April 24, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on the Anniversary of the Rana Plaza Tragedy in Bangladesh

Newark, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh: "One year ago this week, the world's conscience was shocked by the deaths of over 1,130 Bangladeshi garment workers when Rana Plaza, the building which housed their factories, collapsed on top of them. "For many, the tragedy was a call to action. The U.S. government has suspended trade benefits … Continue Reading


April 18, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Latest Developments in Ukraine

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Ukraine: "Since the day in February when President Putin directed Russian forces to unlawfully invade Crimea, Russia has continued to flout the most basic of international laws by abridging the national sovereignty of Ukraine. Yesterday's negotiations in Geneva that involved Ukraine, Russia, the U.S. and European Union were a necessary step in tryin… Continue Reading


April 17, 2014

Chairman Menendez Releases Report on the Obama Administration’s “Rebalance to the Asia-Pacific” Policy

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released a report today titled "Rebalancing the Rebalance: Resourcing U.S. Diplomatic Strategy in the Asia-Pacific Region." The report examines the progress made, and the challenges that remain, for the Obama Administration's strategic policy of "rebalancing" to the Asia-Pacific. "The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has a duty and responsibility to assure that resources are allocated ef… Continue Reading


April 10, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on International Development Budget Priorities

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: "International Development Priorities in the FY 2015 Budget." "Administrator Shah, welcome back to the Committee. "You come at a time when USAID is making headlines for, in my mind, doing nothing more than the job you were appointed to do. "Let me say for the record: When it comes to the issue of Cuba or your work… Continue Reading


April 09, 2014

Fifty-two Senators Commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act in Letter to President Obama

WASHINGTON, DC - Fifty-two U.S. Senators wrote President Obama to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act. The letter was spearheaded by Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Inhofe (R-OK). In their letter, the fifty-two senators wrote: "The 35th anniversary not only represents an important milestone in our longstanding relationship with Taiwan; it also consolidates the foundation on which our bilateral security, economic and trade relations will continue to grow and flourish and r… Continue Reading


April 08, 2014

Senators introduce resolution marking 20 years since the Rwandan genocide

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) introduced a resolution on Monday night marking 20 years since the genocide in Rwanda, which claimed 800,000 lives in 100 days starting on April 7, 1994. The resolution honors the memory of those lost and expresses support for the people of Rwanda on this day of reflection. It also affirms that it is in the national interest of the United States to prevent and mitigate acts of genocide and mass at… Continue Reading


April 08, 2014

Chairman Menendez Opening Statement at Foreign Policy Budget Hearing with Secretary of State Kerry

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 the hearing: "National Security and Foreign Policy Priorities in the FY 2015 International Affairs Budget." "Mr. Secretary, welcome back to Washington. I understand you've travelled to 44 countries and logged over 855 hours in the air which translates into an incredible 35 days of flying. So, I imagine it feels good to have your fee… Continue Reading


April 07, 2014

Chairman Menendez Floor Speech on Cuba

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 Cuba. "M. President, as the attention of the world has been focused on the pre-1991 Soviet behavior of President Putin in Crimea - I come to the floor to remind the American public and members of this body that there is also a full-fledged human rights crisis ongoing in our own hemisphere, just 90 miles from our shores in Cuba. "As U… Continue Reading


April 07, 2014

Chairman Menendez Remarks on Colombian Labor Action Plan Reports

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 following the publication of reports by the AFL-CIO and Colombia's National Union School evaluating the Colombian Labor Action. "I come to the floor to speak about Labor rights in Colombia - and Labor rights of workers around the world. Three years ago today, the U.S. and Colombian governments announced the creat… Continue Reading


April 07, 2014

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Maritime Security Resolution for the Asia-Pacific Region

Washington, DC - A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a resolution today 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. Senate Resolution 412 was introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), James Risch (R-ID), and John McCain (R-AZ) - all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In recent years, th… Continue Reading


April 07, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Twentieth Anniversary of Rwanda Genocide

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Twentieth Anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide: "Today, on the 20th anniversary of the start of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, I join the global community in extending my thoughts and prayers to the Rwandan people as they come together to honor those who survived alongside the memory of those lost. Over the course of 100 horrifying days in 1994, Rwa… Continue Reading


April 07, 2014

Menendez and Kirk Call on President Obama to Reinstate Suspended Sanctions Should Iran and Russia Violate the Joint Plan of Action

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) wrote President Obama today asking him to put Iran on notice should they attempt to evade U.S. sanctions and violate the Joint Plan of Action. In their letter, Menendez and Kirk write: "If Iran moves forward with this effort to evade U.S. sanctions and violate the terms of oil sanctions relief provided for in JPA, the United States should respond by re-insta… Continue Reading


April 06, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Elections in Afghanistan

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding elections in Afghanistan. "In spite of intimidation by the Taliban, the Afghan people demonstrated their desire to shape the destiny of their country by participating in this weekend's historic election. The power of democracy was on display from Kabul to Kandahar to the thousands of villages throughout the country as turnout exceeded expectations. I… Continue Reading


April 04, 2014

Chairman Menendez Praises Senate Passage of Four Treaties to Combat Pirate Fishing

Washington, DC - Yesterday evening, the Senate passed a resolution of ratification for four treaties that will ensure protection for American fishermen, improve marine conservation, and spur more international coordination and communication between coastal countries in controlling illegal or pirate fishing. "Approving these treaties demonstrates that a bipartisan commitment to protecting our oceans and our fishing industry exists in the U.S. Senate. It is not only possible, but necessary to p… Continue Reading


April 03, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Cuba Twitter Program

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Cuba Twitter program. "I commend USAID for its commitment to supporting programs that provide uncensored access to information and communications for for the Cuban people and others struggling around the globe against repression, censorship and the denial of basic human rights. Global internet freedom programs, U.S. International broadcasting and… Continue Reading


April 03, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on South Sudan

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding South Sudan. "I welcome the Executive Order issued today by the Obama Administration authorizing targeted sanctions against individuals who threaten peace and security, perpetrate human rights abuses, or undermine democracy in South Sudan. This is an important step toward restoring stability in the world's newest nation. Although recent negotiation… Continue Reading


April 03, 2014

Menendez and Kirk Introduce Senate Resolution Commemorating the Armenian Genocide

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced a senate resolution today commemorating the Armenian Genocide. "The Armenian Genocide is a horrifying factual reality that can never be denied," Chairman Menendez said. "This resolution reaffirms in the strongest terms that we will always remember this tragedy and honor the memory of innocent Armenian men, women and children who were killed and ex… Continue Reading


April 03, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on President Obama Signing Ukraine Legislation into Law

Washington, DC - US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after President Obama signed Ukraine legislation into law. "We stand united in our overwhelming support of Ukrainian aspirations to build a prosperous and more secure future, absent Russian interference and involvement. Our democratic values and unshakable commitment to freedom have guided our response throughout this crisis. This aid package, coupled with sanct… Continue Reading

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