Ranking Member's Press

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


January 17, 2014

Senators Seek Additions to Magnitsky List of Russian Human Rights Abusers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Ben Cardin, D-Md., and John McCain, R-Ariz., all members of the Foreign Relations Committee, today requested the Obama administration add individuals to a U.S. government list of Russian human rights abusers who are subject to U.S. sanctions and travel restrictions. Enacted in 2012, the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law and Accountability Act, requires the U.S. government to maintain a list of individuals involved in human … Continue Reading


January 15, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on the Implications of the Crisis in Ukraine

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's hearing on the implications of the crisis in Ukraine: "I want to thank our very distinguished panelists for being here today. Dr. Brezinski needs no introduction. His reputation as one of this nation's leading voices on foreign policy goes without saying. And Assistant Secretary Nuland and Deputy Assistant Secretary Me… Continue Reading


January 11, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on the Passing of Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

Newark, NJ - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement honoring the life and legacy of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. "Ariel Sharon fought for Israel on the battlefield and for peace at the negotiating table. He helped establish a nation, provide for its security, and made difficult concessions during his final years as Prime Minister in the pursuit of peace. The nation Ariel Sharon dedicated his life to is … Continue Reading


January 11, 2014

Chairman Menendez Meets with New Jersey’s Salvadorian Community Leaders

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez (D-NJ) issued the following statement after meeting with representatives from several prominent Salvadorian-American organizations to discuss the upcoming 2014 Presidential elections in El Salvador. "In light of the upcoming presidential elections in El Salvador on February 2, I urge El Salvador's Supreme Electoral Tribunal to take all necessary steps to guarantee that the elections are carried out … Continue Reading


January 10, 2014

Chairman Menendez Urges Political Leaders in Bangladesh to End Deadlock and Hold Free, Fair, Inclusive Elections

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent letters to the leaders of Bangladesh's two main political parties, urging them to end the current deadlock, eschew street violence, and begin negotiations on a path toward free, fair, and inclusive elections. The letters also called on the leaders to reaffirm their commitment to improving labor conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry. The letter Chairman Menendez sent to Prime Ministe… Continue Reading


January 09, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Latest Developments in Tunisia

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the latest developments in Tunisia: "The resignation of Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Larayedh today is a positive step for Tunisia's democratic transition. After months of political deadlock and negotiations among ruling and opposition parties within the National Dialogue, the parties have selected an interim prime minister and are ratifying a new constitut… Continue Reading


January 09, 2014

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at Hearing on South Sudan

Washington, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's hearing on the situation in South Sudan: "Let me welcome our panelists, all of whom are as deeply troubled as all of us are by the situation in South Sudan. We have many questions about the direction in which this young nation is headed and the greater implications of the conflict and I hope our panelists will provide… Continue Reading


January 07, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement following Meeting with Republic of Korea Foreign Affairs Minister Yun Byung-se

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after meeting with Republic of Korea Foreign Affairs Minister Yun Byung-se. This was the first meeting Chairman Menendez held with a foreign dignitary this year. "The ties that bind our two countries are deep, unshakable, and reflect the deep U.S. commitment to the security of the Republic of Korea. This is an ironclad pledge, one that I made to President Park this … Continue Reading


December 27, 2013

Chairman Menendez Statement on the Attack at Camp Liberty

NEWARK, N.J. - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following the attack on Camp Liberty. "The most recent attack on Camp Liberty is deplorable, demands swift condemnation, and requires continued vigilance from the Government of Iraq to stop attacks against members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK) while they remain in Iraq. The Government of Iraq played a vital role in treating the wounded of this attack but it is ultimatel… Continue Reading


December 27, 2013

Chairman Menendez Statement on Agreement to Move Okinawa Base

NEWARK, N.J. - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following today's announcement regarding the agreement to move the Marine base on Okinawa. "Today's announcement is a significant step forward that will ensure that the US-Japan alliance has the defense strategy needed to continue to provide peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region far into the twenty-first century. In August, this was a subject I raised directly wi… Continue Reading


December 24, 2013

Bipartisan Congressional Leaders Call for End of Hostilities and Encourage Inclusive Political Dialogue in South Sudan

Washington, DC - Today, a bipartisan and bicameral group of Congressional leaders expressed deep concern to South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit about the growing ethnic violence and deteriorating security situation in the world's newest independent nation. The Congressional leaders called on all political leaders to cease hostilities and exercise restraint to prevent the violence from further escalating and emphasized the importance of an inclusive political dialogue. The Congressional l… Continue Reading


December 20, 2013

Menendez Expresses Concern about Closure of USAID Mission in Ecuador

Washington, DC - In response to the announcement by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that it will close its offices in Ecuador, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement: "I am deeply troubled by the Correa Administration's decision to impose unacceptable conditions on international development assistance, which has forced the U.S. Agency for International Development to close its offices in Ecuador," sa… Continue Reading


December 19, 2013

Twenty-Seven Senators Introduce the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act

Senators Call for a Final Agreement that Verifiably Results in the Termination of Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program, Prevents Iran from Achieving a Nuclear Weapon WASHINGTON, DC. - U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), joined by 25 U.S. Senators, introduced the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act, bipartisan legislation proposing prospective sanctions on Iran should the regime violate the interim Joint Plan of Action agreed to in Geneva or should Iran fail to reach a final agreemen… Continue Reading


December 18, 2013

Bipartisan Egypt Assistance Reform Act of 2013 Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Washington, DC - The bipartisan Egypt Assistance Reform Act of 2013 authored by Chairman Robert Menendez and Ranking Member Bob Corker passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today. "This legislation reaffirms the enduring U.S. commitment to our partnership with the Egyptian government by authorizing continued assistance and endorsing the importance of ongoing cooperation. Assistance however is not a blank check; it should be used for programs that support the Egyptian people as they purs… Continue Reading


December 11, 2013

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Nomination Hearing

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 nomination hearing: "Today, as we approach the holiday recess, we have seven well-qualified nominees for the Committee's consideration. These nominees, if confirmed, will hold some of the most important positions in the State Department and in this hemisphere: We are considering nominees for the two top economic positions i… Continue Reading


December 10, 2013

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at “Transition in Afghanistan” Hearing

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 on the transition in Afghanistan. The remarks follow: "Good afternoon everyone. And thank you to our witnesses - Ambassador Dobbins and Acting Assistant Administrator Donald Sampler. In July, this Committee met to assess the transition in Afghanistan. Mr. Ambassador, you had been on the job only two months at the time… Continue Reading

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