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May 23, 2013

Chairman Menendez Opening Statement at Hearing, “European Union Economic Relations: Crisis and Opportunity”

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's hearing, "European Union Economic Relations: Crisis and Opportunity." The remarks follow: "Thank you for attending this hearing on the economic relationship between the United States and the European Union and thank you to our witnesses who will provide the Committee with a deeper understanding of the realities behind the headlines. … Continue Reading


May 22, 2013

Resolution Introduced by Graham, Menendez Condemning Iran’s Pursuit of Nuclear Capability Passes Senate

Resolution Passes by a Vote of 99 to 0 WASHINGTON, DC - A senate resolution condemning Iran's pursuit of nuclear capability introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed by a vote of 99 to 0. The resolution supports Israel's right to self-defense and reaffirms the close security cooperation between the United States and Israel. "Iran's provocative actions threaten not just regional stability, but pos… Continue Reading


May 22, 2013

Menendez Calls for Full Implementation of Iran Sanctions on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, spoke on the Senate Floor today, in support of his resolution authored with Sen. Graham calling on the implementation of Iran sanctions, while reaffirming the U.S.-Israel relationship: "I rise today to in favor of the Menendez-Graham Resolution strongly supporting full implementation of U.S. and international sanctions on Iran and urging the President to continue to strengthen enforcement of those sanc… Continue Reading


May 21, 2013

Syria Transition Support Act Introduced by Menendez, Corker Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Bill Provides for Lethal Aid and Training to Vetted Syrian Opposition, Sanctions Weapon Sales and Petroleum Sales to the Assad Regime, While Delivering Humanitarian Assistance and Planning for a Post-Assad Syria WASHINGTON, DC - The Syria Transition Support Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN) passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The legislation plans for a post-Assad Syr… Continue Reading


May 20, 2013

Menendez Statement on State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the statement below following the State Department's release of their International Religious Freedom Report for 2012: "From Pakistan where blasphemy laws are abused to settle personal scores, to Iran where minorities are persecuted particularly within the Baha'i community, to Central Asian countries where governments place growing restrictions on religious freedom in the name of nati… Continue Reading


May 20, 2013

Menendez Statement on Cuban Independence Day

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on Cuban Independence Day: "Today marks the 111th Anniversary of Cuba's independence from Spain but, sadly, Cubans in Cuba are not free. The people of Cuba are not free to assemble peacefully without facing repression at the hands of the Castro regime. They are not free to speak their minds without fear of incarceration. They are not free to claim their future at … Continue Reading


May 16, 2013

Menendez Introduces Embassy Security and Personnel Protection Act of 2013

Watch Menendez on the Senate Floor Discuss Libya, Embassy Security WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced today the Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty Embassy Security and Personnel Protection Act of 2013 to prevent future attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts. "If we are serious about preventing a future Benghazi attack, we must focus on the way forward. This bill transfers lessons learned into action," said M… Continue Reading


May 16, 2013

Menendez Speaks out on Benghazi: “We Have Fully Vetted this Issue”

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, spoke on the Senate Floor today, taking issue with characterizations that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and others have not sufficiently investigated the tragedy in Benghazi. The statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: "I rise as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, outraged at the implication that we - in the Senate -- have not done enough to investigate what happened in Bengh… Continue Reading


May 15, 2013

Remarks by Chairman Robert Menendez as Prepared for Delivery at the Bretton Woods Conference

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today spoke at the Bretton Woods Conference, titled "Ending Poverty in a Generation." This was Sen. Menendez's first speech before the Bretton Woods Conference as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Click here to watch the Senator's speech. The Senator's remarks as prepared for delivery are below: Thank you very much. To The Bretton Woods Committee Co-Chairs: James Wolfensohn and William Frenzel, and the members of the Com… Continue Reading


May 15, 2013

Menendez, Corker Introduce Syria Transition Support Act

Bill Provides for Lethal Weapons to Vetted Syrian Opposition, Sanctions Weapon Sales and Petroleum Sales to the Assad Regime, While Delivering Humanitarian Assistance and Planning for a Post-Assad Syria WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN) today introduced the Syria Transition Support Act, bipartisan legislation that plans for a post-Assad Syria by offering humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people, lim… Continue Reading


May 15, 2013

Chairman Menendez Opening Statement at Hearing, “U.S. Policy Toward Iran”

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's hearing, "U.S. Policy Toward Iran." The remarks follow: "Today we are here to take a close look at -- and discuss U.S. policy toward -- Iran. Iran's provocative actions threaten not just regional stability, but pose an existential threat to our ally Israel, and are a threat to U.S. national security. Iran continues to export ter… Continue Reading


May 14, 2013

Menendez Legislation Reforming OAS and Assisting Taiwan to Obtain Observer Status at International Civil Aviation Organizational Assembly Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Two bipartisan bills introduced by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and two ambassadorial nominations to Libya and Chad cleared the committee today and will now proceed to the full Senate for approval. Menendez introduced the Organization of American States (OAS) Revitalization and Reform Act of 2013 along with Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN), and committee members Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). The legislation … Continue Reading


May 13, 2013

Menendez: “Never Before in Pakistan’s History has a Parliamentary Election Resulted in a True Democratic Transition.”

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote an op-ed below titled "Pakistan vote the first step on a long road," published on CNN.com. The op-ed appears below: Pakistan vote the first step on a long road By Robert Menendez, Special to CNN Updated 7:34 AM EDT, Mon May 13, 2013 (CNN) - "Never before in Pakistan's history has a parliamentary election resulted in a true democratic transition. Despite militant threats and attacks t… Continue Reading


May 11, 2013

Menendez Statement on Sentencing of Former Guatemalan Dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to the sentencing of former Guatemalan dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt for genocide and crimes against humanity. "Yesterday's verdict was a hard fought victory for human rights defenders in Guatemala who showed their resolute commitment to upholding truth, justice and the rule of law. This sentence is a marked achievement for vi… Continue Reading


May 09, 2013

Menendez Identifies Vital U.S. Interests at Stake in Syria, Calls for Providing Lethal Arms to Vetted Syrian Opposition

Menendez Speaks on Senate Floor about National Security Issues in Syria and in Support of his Legislation, the Syria Stabilization Act of 2013 WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, outlined the vital U.S. interests at stake in Syria while speaking on the Senate Floor today in support of tipping the balance in the Syrian civil war in favor of vetted armed rebel groups seeking to overthrow the Assad regime. Menendez described the u… Continue Reading


May 08, 2013

Menendez Welcomes South Korean President Park to Congress

Menendez: "As we face continued challenges from North Korea, it is essential that the United States and Republic of Korea work closely together, placing an enhanced alliance and bilateral cooperation at the heart of our policy." WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, welcomed Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye to Congress today and released the following statement: "I am pleased to welcome President Park to Congress. Her… Continue Reading


May 07, 2013

Remarks by Chairman Robert Menendez as Prepared for Delivery for the Nominations of Ambassadors to Libya and Chad

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke at the confirmation hearings for the ambassadorial nominees to Chad and Libya. The Senator's remarks as prepared for delivery are below: Today we are pleased to welcome two nominees as ambassador to Libya and Chad, two difficult and important assignments. The Maghreb and Sahel regions are of increasing strategic significance for the United States, and I look forward to hearing… Continue Reading


May 06, 2013

Chairman Menendez Introduces Syria Stabilization Act of 2013

Menendez: "The Assad regime has crossed a red line that forces us to consider all options. The greatest humanitarian crisis in the world is unfolding in and around Syria, and the U.S. must play a role in tipping the scales toward opposition groups and working to build a free Syria." WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced today the Syria Stabilization Act of 2013, legislation that plans for a post-Assad Syria by providing… Continue Reading


May 03, 2013

Menendez Recognizes World Press Freedom Day

Menendez: "Press freedom is the hallmark of an open society and on this World Press Freedom Day, we in the United States and in nations throughout the world must ensure the protection of these rights that promote democracy and good governance." WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, marked World Press Freedom Day by recognizing that a free press is essential to free and open societies. "Press freedom is the hallmark of an open soc… Continue Reading


April 25, 2013

Chairman Menendez Commemorates 98th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stood in solidarity with the Armenian community on Wednesday commemorating the 98th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. "We commemorate the 98th anniversary of one of the darkest events in human history," said Menendez. "We will not forget, we cannot ever forget. To me, genocide is genocide and I continue to support a resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide and to use the lessons of what … Continue Reading

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