Ranking Member's Press

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


April 25, 2013

Statement by Chairman Robert Menendez Regarding Developments in Syria

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement concerning recent developments in Syria. The statement follows: "The situation in Syria is clearly deteriorating. The Assad regime has crossed a red line by using chemical weapons, which forces us to consider all options as to how we act to influence the balance of the conflict. Among these options would be the enforcement of an internationally-recognized no-fly zone,… Continue Reading


April 24, 2013

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Organization of American States Revitalization and Reform Act of 2013

Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member Corker (R-TN), and Committee Members Udall (D-NM), Rubio (R-FL) Introduce S.793, Legislation Requiring OAS Reforms to Ensure the Organization's Effectiveness WASHINGTON, DC - A bipartisan group of senators introduced the Organization of American States (OAS) Revitalization and Reform Act of 2013. This legislation urges the implementation of certain management reforms at the OAS and requires the Secretary of State to identify a… Continue Reading


April 17, 2013

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Unanimously Passes Resolution Supporting Full Implementation of Iran Sanctions and Reaffirming Support for Israel’s Right to Self-Defense

WASHINGTON, DC - In light of growing concerns about the timetable in which Iran could develop nuclear weapons capability and with the collapse of the P-5+1 talks with Iran, the Foreign Relations Committee today unanimously passed S. Res. 65, co-authored by Chairman Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) reiterating the danger posed by a nuclear Iran to the United States and its allies and reaffirming the United States' support for Israel's right to self-defense. "This important resol… Continue Reading


April 15, 2013

CHAIRMAN MENENDEZ STATEMENT ON VENEZUELAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the Venezuelan presidential elections: "I urge the Venezuelan electoral body to conduct a full audit and recount of ballots of yesterday's presidential elections," said Chairman Menendez. "An audit and full recount, actions also supported by the OAS, will ensure the Venezuelan people have the greatest possible confidence in a reported outcome. I believe… Continue Reading


April 12, 2013

Chairman Menendez Comments on Magnitsky List

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, today commented on the Treasury Department's release of a list of individuals it has determined to be in violation of human rights in Russia as required by the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act enacted last December. "Sergei Magnitsky was just a lawyer doing his job," said Chairman Menendez. "His efforts to unmask massive corruption led to his death. The eighteen names on the Ma… Continue Reading


April 10, 2013

Senators Meet with Rosa Maria Paya, Discuss Democracy in Cuba

Senators Renew Call for Investigation into Death of Payá's Father, Oswaldo, A Political Reformer Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan group of Senators met with Rosa Maria Payá, the daughter of Cuban political reformer Oswaldo Payá, in the U.S. Capitol today, to discuss democratic reforms in Cuba and to reiterate their call for an investigation into Mr. Payá's troubling death last year in which he, and youth activist Harold Cepero, were killed in a suspicious car acciden… Continue Reading


April 09, 2013

Chairman Menendez's Statement in Observance of Yom Hashoah

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in observance of Yom Hashoah. "On this day, Yom Hashoah, all freedom loving people throughout the world fulfill the promise to never forget the more than six million Jews who were lost in the systemic cruelty of the Holocaust. And today, we also recall the brave valor of the Jews who resisted Nazi oppression in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising 70 years ago on the Hebrew cal… Continue Reading


April 08, 2013

Chairman Robert Menendez on the Death of Margaret Thatcher

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the death of Margaret Thatcher: "Margaret Thatcher was a dynamic force as an ally to the United States in winning the cold War and overcoming the despotism and repression suffered by hundreds of millions at the hands of Soviet communism. She was a persuasive, transformative leader who shaped world events with the power of her personality. A grocer's daughter, sh… Continue Reading


April 07, 2013

Chairman Menendez Condemns Attack in Afghanistan that Resulted in the Loss of Six American Lives

Woman, 25, killed while delivering books to an Afghan school, is the first diplomatic casualty since the war began NEWARK, N.J. - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in reaction to the news that six Americans were killed in an attack in southern Afghanistan. "I am deeply saddened by the loss of these Americans who sought to help Afghanistan achieve a better future for its people, and particularly by the loss … Continue Reading


April 03, 2013

Chairman Menendez's Statement on UN Arms Trade Treaty

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the United Nations General Assembly's vote on Tuesday to approve the Arms Trade Treaty: "I applaud Tuesday's vote by the United Nations General Assembly over the objections of Syria, Iran, and North Korea to approve a new Arms Trade Treaty to establish common national standards for international arms transfers. I also commend the U.S. negotiating team… Continue Reading


March 20, 2013

Chairman Menendez's Statement Commemorating the Persian New Year

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement to commemorate the Persian New Year: "Today, I want to extend my warmest wishes for a happy Nowruz to all those who mark the first day of spring. For millions of people around the world who will gather with their families and friends in celebration, this time of year signifies a time of reflection, merriment, and new beginnings. "Here in the United States, … Continue Reading


March 14, 2013

Chairman Menendez Pushes for Taiwan to Obtain Observer Status at the ICAO

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a bill today that would advance efforts for Taiwan to obtain observer status at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly. The bill, an identical version of which was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, directs the Secretary of State to develop and implement a plan to obtain ICAO … Continue Reading


March 13, 2013

Chairman Menendez's Statement in Reaction to the Election of Pope Francis I

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in reaction to the election of Pope Francis I: "A new leader has emerged onto the world stage with the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope Francis I. It is a significant day for the people of the world, as well as for the people of the Roman Catholic Church. The church has decided to break with centuries of tradition in choosing it… Continue Reading


March 07, 2013

Chairman Menendez’s Opening Remarks at SFRC Hearing on U.S. Policy Toward North Korea

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, is currently presiding over a full committee hearing on U.S. policy toward North Korea. In light of the recent North Korean nuclear and missile tests, the hearing is intended to provide a broad-based examination of current U.S. policy towards North Korea; to explore what is working and what isn't - and why; and to offer insights that lead to better policy. The Senator's opening remarks as prepared … Continue Reading


March 05, 2013

Chairman Robert Menendez on the Death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the death of Hugo Chavez: "Hugo Chavez ruled Venezuela with an iron hand and his passing has left a political void that we hope will be filled peacefully and through a constitutional and democratic process, grounded in the Venezuelan constitution and adhering to the Inter-American Democratic Charter. With free and fair elections, Venezuela can begin to restore … Continue Reading

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