Ranking Member's Press

March 17, 2015

Senator Menendez Opening Remarks at Subcommittee Hearing on the Deepening Political and Economic Crisis in Venezuela

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the subcommittee hearing titled "Deepening Political and Economic Crisis in Venezuela: Implications for U.S. Interests and the Western Hemisphere." "Last May, after 40 deaths, more than 50 documented cases of torture, high profile political persecutions, and thousands of arbitrary and unlawful detentions by the Venezuelan govern… Continue Reading


March 11, 2015

Senator Menendez Opening Remarks at Hearing on “The President's Request for Authorization to Use Force Against ISIS: Military and Diplomatic Efforts”

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the hearing titled "The President's Request for Authorization to Use Force Against ISIS: Military and Diplomatic Efforts." "Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you to Secretaries Kerry and Carter and Chairman Dempsey for being here today. "Last December this Committee reported a resolution to authorize the use of military force … Continue Reading


March 09, 2015

Senator Menendez Remarks at CSIS Brzezinski Institute on Geostrategy

Washington, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Brzezinski Institute on Geostrategy discussion on "America's Strategic Dilemma: A Revisionist Russia in a Complex World." "Thank you, CSIS for inviting me. It is a pleasure to share the stage with one of the most distinguished and accomplished foreign policy practitioners… Continue Reading


March 09, 2015

Senator Menendez on Announcement to Implement Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society

Washington, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the announcement that the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act will be implemented. "Today's announcement on the implementation of Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act, which I authored, sends a forceful message to Venezuelan officials complicit in the systematic human rights abuses and rampant political oppress… Continue Reading


March 06, 2015

Senator Menendez Statement Celebrating Holi

Newark, NJ - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement celebrating Holi, the ancient Indian Hindu festival known as the "festival of colors" or "Spring Festival." "To everyone celebrating Holi and those who simply wish to celebrate the coming of spring in a colorful way - Happy Holi to you all. This is a visually beautiful holiday with thousands of people tossing colored powders in the air to commemorate comradery an… Continue Reading


March 04, 2015

Senators Write Majority Leader McConnell to Object to Fast Tracking Iran Review Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and co-sponsor of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act was joined by co-sponsors Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Angus King (I-ME), as well as Democratic Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Coons (D-DE), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), in sending the following letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to object … Continue Reading


March 03, 2015

Senator Menendez Floor Remarks Objecting to Partisan Handling of Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and co-sponsor of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, delivered the following speech on the Senate Floor, as prepared for delivery, objecting to the Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's partisan handling of the bill which will bypass committee process and go directly to the Senate floor for debate and vote. "M. President, I come to the floor to express my disappointment that the Majority L… Continue Reading


March 02, 2015

Senator Menendez’s Remarks at AIPAC National Convention

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following speech, as prepared for delivery, at the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee National Convention. "Thank you to my good friend Lonny Kaplan and all of AIPAC's leaders and members. As I look out at this sea of fellow Americans I want to recognize the New Jersey delegation - this year almost 500 strong. To all of you from New Jersey and around the nation... we… Continue Reading


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

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