Ranking Member's Press

February 25, 2014

Cardin, Rubio, Menendez and Corker Urge Greater Freedom of the Press in China

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, also Subcommittee Ranking Member Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) have introduced a Senate Resolution (S. Res. 361) that urges the People's Republic of China to take meaningful steps to improve freedom of expression in China as fitting of a responsible international stakeholde… Continue Reading


February 20, 2014

Chairman Menendez Outlines Framework for Legislative Action on Ukraine

Bogota, Colombia - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement and outlined this framework for legislative action on Ukraine: "The violence and oppression in Ukraine is spiraling out of control as peaceful demonstrators in Kyiv's Maidan Square are brutalized and killed by government forces. We in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have monitored these developments closely, from holding a hearing last month to intro… Continue Reading


February 19, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Continuing Unrest in Venezuela, Detention of Opposition Leaders

Bogota, Colombia - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding the deteriorating situation in Venezuela: "Venezuela cannot be governed through fear, violence and political retribution as President Maduro, members of his security forces, and government supporters are exhibiting on a daily basis. Venezuelans must be allowed to peacefully assemble, freely express their views, and voice displeasure with a gover… Continue Reading


February 19, 2014

Chairman Menendez Condemns Violence in Ukraine

Bogota, Colombia - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released this statement regarding the unrest in Ukraine: "The state-sponsored violence against the Ukrainian people is abhorrent, demands swift condemnation, and must cease at once," Menendez said. "The responsibility for this tragedy rests with President Yanukovych who has failed at every turn to address the legitimate democratic aspirations of his people. The actions of President Yanuko… Continue Reading


February 18, 2014

Chairman Menendez Unveils Economic Partnership Initiative for the Western Hemisphere

Mexico City, Mexico - Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, unveiled his initiative for increasing economic engagement in the Western Hemisphere during a keynote address in Mexico City. Hosted by the Americas Society and the Council of the Americas, Menendez outlined a plan of action to establish a more comprehensive strategy for partnering with the region in his speech, titled: "Beyond Free Trade: Spurring Growth in the Western Hemisphere." "We must … Continue Reading


February 16, 2014

Chairman Menendez Travels to Mexico, Colombia

Mexico City, Mexico - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will travel to Mexico City, Mexico and Bogota, Colombia from February 16 to the 21st. He will meet with President Peña Nieto in Mexico and President Santos in Colombia, and will discuss economic reforms taking place in each country as well as U.S. partnership opportunities. On Tuesday in Mexico City, Chairman Menendez will deliver a speech hosted by the Americas Society / Council … Continue Reading


February 15, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Anti-Government Protests in Venezuela

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement regarding anti-government protests in Venezuela. "This week, we have seen Venezuelans peacefully gathering to voice their deep concern with President Maduro and his mismanagement of the economy. These demonstrations are being met with government-sanctioned violence that has resulted in the deaths of innocent people and the unjust imprisonment of dozens of peaceful protest… Continue Reading


February 14, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Release of Detainees by the Afghan Government

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement regarding the release of detainees from the Parwan Detention Center in Afghanistan: "I am deeply disappointed by the decision of President Karzai to release 65 militants from the Parwan Detention Center. There is evidence tying some of these individuals to attacks that killed coalition forces and Afghan soldiers, as well as civilians. In all likelihood, many of these indiv… Continue Reading


February 14, 2014

Chairman Menendez Introduces Ukraine Resolution Expressing Concern over Undemocratic Governance, Human Rights Violations

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Sen. James Risch introduced a resolution "expressing concern for undemocratic governance and the abuse of individual rights in Ukraine." "The status quo cannot continue and Ukrainians must be free to chart a more hopeful future absent recrimination or repression. Ukrainians have experienced the denial of basic rights and freedoms at the hands of their own government. During this diffic… Continue Reading


February 11, 2014

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at the Hearing, “Prospects for Democratic Reconciliation and Workers' Rights in Bangladesh”

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, "Prospects for Democratic Reconciliation and Workers' Rights in Bangladesh." The remarks follow: "We meet this morning to discuss U.S. policy in Bangladesh following the controversial January election and ensuing political stalemate. We also meet for a status update on the rights of Bangladesh's garment workers foll… Continue Reading


February 06, 2014

Chairman Menendez Speech on Iran

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following speech on Iran on the U.S. Senate Floor. The speech transcript follows: "I come to the floor to speak about one of our greatest national security challenges -which is a nuclear-armed Iran.I have long thought of this as a bipartisan national security issue - not a partisan political issue. At the end of the day it is a national security issue that we mus… Continue Reading


February 06, 2014

Chairman Menendez Welcomes Haitian President Michel Martelly to U.S. Congress

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after meeting with Haitian President Michel Martelly today: "As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as a U.S. Senator from New Jersey representing more than 57,000 Haitian-Americans, it is an honor to welcome President Martelly to the Senate," Menendez said. "Our nations share deep ties bound by a centuries-long partnership. The U.S. remains comm… Continue Reading


February 06, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Floor Remarks on Baucus Nomination to be US Ambassador to China

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below remarks on the Senate Floor on vote for Senator Max Baucus to become U.S. Ambassador to China. His statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: "I rise to support our friend and colleague, Senator Baucus as the new U.S. Ambassador to China. As I said in the Foreign Relations Committee this week, clearly one of the biggest challenges - and biggest opportunities - before U… Continue Reading


February 04, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below opening statement at today's hearing on Iran nuclear negotiations. His statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: "Let me begin by welcoming our panelists. Today we have two panels. On the first panel is Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Under Secretary Sherman is joined this morning by David Cohen, Under Secretary of Treasury for Terroris… Continue Reading


January 30, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on the Democratic Transition in Tunisia

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the democratic transition in Tunisia: "I congratulate the Tunisian people and their government on the progress in their political transition this week, and on their ongoing work to build a stable, democratic and prosperous future. "The latest steps in Tunisia's democratic transition offer a positive model to people everywhere seeking reform. Tunisia's ref… Continue Reading


January 30, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on Civilian Nuclear Cooperation Agreements

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below opening statement at today's hearing on civilian nuclear cooperation agreements. His statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: "This hearing will come to order. Let me first welcome our panelists today. We appreciate your participation. This year, several agreements are set to expire: Taiwan, which has been submitted to Congress. And other countries, including Vietnam… Continue Reading


January 28, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on the Lunar New Year

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement marking the Lunar New Year which takes place on January 31st. "As millions of people gather to mark the Lunar New Year, let me extend my warmest wishes to all communities celebrating this festive occasion. May this Year of the Horse be one marked by increased prosperity, continued good fortune, health and happiness. I offer families in New Jersey and throughout the… Continue Reading


January 28, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Nomination Hearings, Including for Senator Max Baucus to be US Ambassador to China

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below opening statements, at today's nomination hearings for Senator Max Baucus to be U.S. Ambassador to China, Arnold Chacon to be Director General of the Foreign Service and Daniel Bennett Smith to be Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research. The statements follow, as prepared for delivery: Panel One "Clearly one of the biggest challenges and biggest opport… Continue Reading


January 24, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Latest Developments in Ukraine

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the latest developments in Ukraine. Earlier this month, Chairman Menendez held a hearing on the crisis in Ukraine, and convened a roundtable discussion in New Jersey with Ukrainian leaders. "The deteriorating situation in Ukraine is growing more worrisome by the day. By abandoning fundamental principles of democratic rule and rejecting through violent me… Continue Reading


January 23, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Ceasefire between Government of South Sudan and Opposition Forces

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the announced ceasefire between South Sudan and opposition forces. Earlier this month, Chairman Menendez held a hearing on the crisis in South Sudan. "Today's breakthrough announcement in South Sudan is a critical step in the right direction which must result in the complete end of violence and hostilities. Too many innocent people have suffered and it is… Continue Reading

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