Ranking Member's Press

January 13, 2015

Senator Menendez Floor Remarks on U.S.-Cuba Relations

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following speech, as prepared for delivery, on the Senate Floor about U.S.-Cuba relations, the Castro regime's repression of human rights, and the need for democratic reforms in Cuba. (Please note: Images of floor charts are linked to within the speech text, below.) "M. President, I rise to say that nothing has changed in Cuba since Cuban arms were captured on this North K… Continue Reading


January 09, 2015

Senator Menendez Condemns Raid of RFE/RL’s Azerbaijan Bureau in Letter to President Aliyev

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent the following letter to President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, condemning press and media censorship as part of an overall crackdown on civil society by the government of Azerbaijan. In the letter, Senator Menendez said: "Azerbaijan's crackdown on the media, civil society, and all forms of nonviolent political dissent is a serious impediment to progress in the U.S.-Azerbaijan bilateral… Continue Reading


January 07, 2015

Senator Menendez Statement on Today’s Terrorist Attack in France

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement regarding today's terrorist attack in France: "I express my sincere condolences to the families of those innocent people who lost their lives in today's terrorist attack at the office of the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo. This horrific attack on an independent media outlet is an attack against our values and our freedoms. France and the United States have stood shoul… Continue Reading


January 06, 2015

Senator Menendez Statement on President Peña Nieto’s Visit

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement regarding Mexican President Peña Nieto's visit to Washington, D.C. "President Peña Nieto's visit brings with it an opportunity to advance the United States' and Mexico's shared pursuit of prosperity and economic opportunities for all our citizens. With over thirty-three million Mexicans and Mexican-Americans living in the U.S. and regular migration bet… Continue Reading


January 06, 2015

Senator Menendez Names Jodi Herman as Democratic Staff Director for Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced today that he has appointed longtime aide Jodi Herman to serve as the Democratic Staff Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "For over ten years, first in the House of Representatives and now in the Senate, Jodi Herman has served as a trusted advisor and valued voice on foreign policy matters," Senator Menendez said. "She is highly respected throughout Capitol Hill for her keen intellect, deep understanding of legislative … Continue Reading


December 18, 2014

Corker Statement on President Obama Signing Ukraine Freedom Support Act into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after President Obama signed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act into law. "I am pleased the president signed our bill into law, and I hope he will do the hard work to convince the Europeans to adopt similar measures and stand with Ukraine against the ongoing threat of Russian aggression," said Corker. "This legislation passed with the full support of Congre… Continue Reading


December 17, 2014

Corker Statement on Release of Alan Gross, President’s Announcement of U.S. Policy Change toward Cuba

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the president's announcement of the release of American Alan Gross and the administration's policy change toward Cuba: "This morning, I was notified of the release of Alan Gross as well as the president's negotiations with the Cuban government. I am pleased Alan Gross will be reunited with this family after suffering years of unjust imprisonment an… Continue Reading


December 15, 2014

Senate Passes Durbin-Corker Water for The World Act

WASHINGTON-The Senate today unanimously passed The Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014, bipartisan legislation to significantly improve access to clean water and sanitation around the world. The bill is sponsored by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bob Corker (R-TN), and cosponsored by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ). The bill was passed earlier this month by the House of Representatives, where it is sponsored by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Ted Poe (R-… Continue Reading


December 11, 2014

Corker Statement on Committee Consideration of Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, made the following statement today regarding the committee's consideration of legislation authorizing the use of military force against ISIS. "We know the legislation the committee considered today is going nowhere," said Corker, who opposed the legislation that passed on a party-line vote. "I think it would be stronger for our country if the administration would work with Congress on an … Continue Reading


December 11, 2014

Senate Unanimously Passes Corker Legislation to Support Ukraine, Expand Sanctions Against Russia

WASHINGTON - Following Senate passage today of his bill to provide lethal military and non-military assistance for Ukraine and expand sanctions against Russia, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said unanimous support for the legislation demonstrates "a firm commitment to Ukrainian sovereignty" in response to a continued Russian invasion. Since the last round of U.S. sanctions on September 12, Russia has repeatedly violated its commitment… Continue Reading


December 09, 2014

Corker: Committee Passage of Partisan AUMF Against ISIS Would Weaken Our Nation

WASHINGTON - At a hearing today to consider an authorization for the use of military force against ISIS, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, warned committee passage of a partisan bill at the end of the congressional session that does not become law would weaken the nation's ability to defeat the terrorist organization. He continued to urge the administration to explicitly seek an authorization from Congress. "I know we're not going to get… Continue Reading


December 02, 2014

Corker Statement on Diplomatic Nominations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the administration and Senate Majority Leader's decision to push through two controversial, political ambassador nominees rather than focus on approving experienced diplomats to fill vacancies in positions around the world: "It is disappointing that in a transparent move, the White House and the Senate Majority Leader have chosen to prioritize doing p… Continue Reading


November 24, 2014

Corker Statement on Iran Nuclear Negotiations

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement on the Iran nuclear negotiations. "Since the beginning, I have been concerned about a series of rolling extensions becoming the norm and reducing our leverage. However, I would rather the administration continue to negotiate than agree to a bad deal that would only create more instability in the region and around the world," said Corker. "With so muc… Continue Reading


November 08, 2014

Corker: Secretary Kerry “Undermines His Credibility and that of our Nation” by Denying Link between Iran Nuclear Talks and ISIS Strategy

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Secretary of State John Kerry "undermines his credibility and that of our nation" by denying a link between the Iran nuclear negotiations and the administration's strategy against ISIS. "Secretary Kerry undermines his credibility and that of our nation by making such a disingenuous statement. Of course the negotiations with Iran are affecting the administration's approach t… Continue Reading


November 03, 2014

Corker: Russia’s Recognition of Illegal Rebel Vote in Eastern Ukraine Demands Firm Response from U.S. and Europe

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Following reports that Russia has affirmed a rebel-held election in parts of Eastern Ukraine and violated terms of a ceasefire agreement, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said recognition of the illegal vote demands a firm response from the U.S. and Europe, including consideration of stiffer sanctions on Russia and stepped-up assistance to Ukraine given the ongoing threat from Russian aggression. "Russia's recognit… Continue Reading


October 21, 2014

Corker Urges U.S. and Other Nations to Accelerate Efforts to Stop Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

NASHVILLE, Tennessee - U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement today after speaking with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah about the U.S. response to Ebola in West Africa. "As we address this problem, the most important thing for us to do is to contain and stop Ebola in West Africa, and for that reason, I talked with Administrator Shah to receive an update on the U.S. res… Continue Reading


October 14, 2014

Wall Street Journal Editorial Says Corker-Sponsored Bill “Gives U.S. Stronger Leverage” in Iran Nuclear Negotiations

WASHINGTON - An editorial ("Obama, Congress and Iran") in today's Wall Street Journal urges the Obama administration to embrace legislation sponsored by Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, that "gives U.S. stronger leverage" in nuclear negotiations with Iran. The editorial states the Iran Nuclear Negotiations Act of 2014 sends a message to Iran "that Congress won't sign off on a bad agreement that puts America's interests at risk and is ready t… Continue Reading


September 29, 2014

Corker, Hatch Seek Update from Obama Administration on WTO Compliance for Foreign Export-Import Banks

WASHINGTON - In a letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) asked the Obama administration to update Congress on efforts to ensure that foreign export-import banks are in compliance with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. Recent growth in the size and scope of some foreign entities has raised questions about their adherence to the WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures and standards set by the Organ… Continue Reading


September 23, 2014

Corker Statement on U.S.-Arab Coalition Military Strikes Against ISIS in Syria

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.- U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement regarding military strikes carried out by the U.S. and a coalition of Arab nations against ISIS in Syria: "I'm encouraged by the participation of our Arab allies in this operation and hope this is the first step in building a lasting regional coalition committed to confronting ISIS," said Corker. ###… Continue Reading


September 19, 2014

United States Senate pledges support for fight to contain Ebola outbreak and save lives

United States Senate pledges support for fight to contain Ebola outbreak and save lives Unanimously passes bipartisan resolution supporting those affected by humanitarian crisis WASHINGTON - The United States Senate this week recognized the severe threat posed by the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and offered its support for robust efforts to combat the virus and provide humanitarian relief for those affected. In a resolution adopted unanimously Thursday night, the Senate recognized the supp… Continue Reading

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