Ranking Member's Press

February 28, 2015

Statement Regarding Announcement that President Maduro Will Sanction Senator Robert Menendez and Other U.S. Officials

NEWARK, NJ - Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding being sanctioned by President Maduro. "President Maduro's failed economic policies and the regime's heavy-handed tactics against peaceful protesters and innocent bystanders are directly responsible for the unnecessary suffering of the Venezuelan people. Human rights violations are a new constant in Venezuela. The killing of fourteen-year-old Kluiverth Roa … Continue Reading


February 26, 2015

Senator Menendez Statement on Kluiverth Roa - Teen Killed by Venezuelan Police

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the murder of Kluiverth Roa and the ongoing human rights abuses and violations by the Maduro goverment. "The killing of fourteen-year-old Kluiverth Roa by Venezuelan security forces is the latest example in a long string of human rights abuses taking place in Venezuela today," said Menendez. "My thoughts and prayers go out to this young man's family… Continue Reading


February 26, 2015

On Cuba: Senator Menendez Writes Secretary of State Kerry, FBI Director Comey and Demands Harbored American Fugitives Face Justice in the United States

WASHINGTON, DC - With a second round of talks between the United States and Cuba scheduled for tomorrow, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent separate letters to Secretary Kerry and FBI Director James B. Comey urging the administration and the FBI to recognize Cuba's history of providing sanctuary to terrorists and requesting a full list of U.S. fugitives currently receiving sanctuary by the Castro regime. In the letter to Secretary Kerr… Continue Reading


February 25, 2015

Senator Menendez Remarks on Latest Developments in Ukraine

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following speech on the Senate Floor, as prepared for delivery, about the latest developments in Ukraine and the need to implement the Ukraine Freedom Support Act. "M. President, I rise once again in support of the people of Ukraine in their struggle against Russian aggression. The most recent diplomatic efforts seem to have only emboldened Putin. "Since Minsk II, which is t… Continue Reading


February 25, 2015

U.S. Senators Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Condemning the Rise of Anti-Semitism in Europe

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced a bipartisan Senate Resolution condemning Anti-Semitism in Europe. The Resolution which was authored by Menendez and co-sponsored by 55 other Senators, including Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Mark Kirk (R- IL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), calls upon the U.S. Secretary of State, the Attorney General and other relevant government agencies to work closely with the European Union and E… Continue Reading


February 18, 2015

Senator Menendez Statement on the Lunar New Year

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement marking the Lunar New Year which takes place on February 19, 2015. "As millions of people prepare to celebrate the Year of the Sheep, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to all those gathering in community to welcome a new year of lasting prosperity, health and fortune. I truly hope that this year will be one marked by happiness and success for you and you… Continue Reading


February 17, 2015

Senator Menendez Statement on Killing of Egyptian Copts in Libya

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the targeted killing of 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya. "The targeted killing of Egyptian Copts in Libya by violent extremists is beyond barbaric. The twenty-one innocent men were murdered because of their Christian faith, but this attack was targeted at all people -- Coptic, Egyptian, American, and all who reject extreme ideologies that have no basis in… Continue Reading


February 12, 2015

Senator Menendez Statement on Ukraine Ceasefire Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the announcement of a ceasefire in Ukraine. "The ceasefire agreement in Ukraine is a welcome development, but we must remain vigilant to ensure that the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine are fully restored. Russia and the separatists in Eastern Ukraine completely ignored their ceasefire commitments made last September and so while I … Continue Reading


February 11, 2015

Senator Menendez Statement on Authorization for Use of Military Force to Combat ISIL

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement regarding the White House draft language on the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to combat ISIL. "I look forward to the congressional debate on the Authorization for Use of Military Force to combat ISIL. I welcome the Administration laying out the type of authorization they are seeking, and look forward to their continued involvement and engagement in or… Continue Reading


February 04, 2015

U.S. Senators Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Calling for Nigerian Leadership to Fight Boko Haram and Ensure Peaceful Presidential Elections

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and John Boozman (R-AR) in introducing a resolution calling on the Nigerian government to demonstrate leadership in addressing the dual challenges of Boko Haram and ensuring peaceful, transparent, and credible presidential elections. "With this resolution, members of the United States Se… Continue Reading


February 04, 2015

Senator Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on Ending Modern Slavery

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing titled "Ending Modern Slavery: What is the Best Way Forward?" "I want to thank the Chairman for calling this hearing. Human trafficking, in the form of sexual exploitation, forced labor, forced marriage, debt-bondage, and the sale and exploitation of children - is one of the gr… Continue Reading


February 03, 2015

Senator Menendez Statement on the Death of Jordanian Air Force Pilot by ISIL

Washington, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the death of Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot First Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh by ISIL: "I strongly condemn the horrific killing of First Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh. The perpetrators of this heinous act must be brought to justice and ISIL's reign of terror over the people of Syria and Iraq must end. I offer my sympathy and support to Lieutenant Ka… Continue Reading


February 03, 2015

Senator Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Subcommittee Hearing on Cuba

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's subcommittee hearing titled "Understanding The Impact of U.S. Policy Changes On Human Rights And Democracy In Cuba." "Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing. Let me be as clear on this issue as I have been since December - 18 months of secret negotiations produced a bad deal - bad for the Cuban people. Whil… Continue Reading


January 29, 2015

Senator Menendez Urges Secretary Kerry to Implement the Ukraine Freedom Support Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent the following letter to Secretary Kerry, urging the administration to exercise the authorities granted by the Ukraine Freedom Support Act in the wake of the deadliest period of conflict since the ceasefire agreement was signed on September 5th. In the letter, Senator Menendez encouraged the administration to take action, saying: "The international community has an obligation to respon… Continue Reading


January 27, 2015

Kirk and Menendez Lead 16 Senators to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Stop Iran’s Nuclear Threat

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) today introduced S. 269, the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015, legislation that would impose economic pressure on Iran if international negotiations do not yield a final nuclear deal by June 30th, and impose a Congressional review period of 30 continuous session days in the event of a final deal. A total of 16 Senators will co-sponsor the Kirk-Menendez legislation, including: Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Robert … Continue Reading


January 27, 2015

Senate Democrats Write President Obama on Iran Negotiations

WASHINGTON, DC- Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and 9 other Senate Democrats sent the following letter to President Obama regarding Iran nuclear negotiations. The letter was signed by United States Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Gary Peters (D-MI), Bob Casey (D-PA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Coons (D-DE), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). The letter can … Continue Reading


January 25, 2015

Senator Menendez Statement on ISIL Murder of Japanese Citizen Haruna Yukawa

NEWARK, NJ - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the ISIL murder of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa: "I strongly condemn this brutal act of terrorism by ISIL and the murder of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa. The perpetrators of this vile act must be brought to justice and the reign of terror by ISIL, which has bought so much pain and suffering to the people of Syria and Iraq, must end. I offer my sympa… Continue Reading


January 23, 2015

Senator Menendez Statement on Latest Developments Regarding the Death of Argentinian Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman

NEWARK, NJ - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding latest developments concerning the death of Alberto Nisman, the Argentine special prosecutor assigned to investigate the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires: "I was shocked to learn about the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Nisman, who worked tirelessly in pursuit of justice for the 85 victims of the deva… Continue Reading


January 21, 2015

Senator Menendez Opening Remarks at Hearing on “Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Status of Talks and the Role of Congress”

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, at today's hearing titled "Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Status of Talks and the Role of Congress." "Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing on the status of negotiations. "I share your concern that the Iranians are playing for time. Over the past 18 months, we have been moving closer to their positions on all key… Continue Reading


January 21, 2015

Senator Menendez Raises Serious Concerns Regarding Cuba in Letter to Secretary of State John Kerry

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent the following letter to Secretary John Kerry regarding Assistant Secretary Roberta Jacobson's visit to Havana, raising serious concerns that need to be addressed during this trip, including: political prisoners, normalization of diplomatic relations and the harboring of U.S. fugitives in Cuba. In the letter, Senator Menendez said that "…after five decades of authoritarian, one-… Continue Reading

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