Ranking Member's Press

March 27, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on UN Human Rights Council Vote on Sri Lanka Reconciliation

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the UN Human Rights Council Vote on Sri Lanka Reconciliation: "I applaud today's passage of the U.S. co-sponsored resolution at the UN Human Rights Council which called for an independent international investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. Accountability is long overdue in Sri Lanka, and I hope that an independent UN investigation will be a… Continue Reading


March 26, 2014

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Hearing on Syria After Geneva

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 "Syria After Geneva: Next Steps for U.S. Policy." "We are here today with a distinguished panel of experts to hear their views and to express our concerns - and what Congress can do - about Syria after Geneva. "At the moment, there is clearly a stalemate at the political level. The Geneva 2 process failed to achiev… Continue Reading


March 25, 2014

Chairman Menendez Remarks on Senate Ukraine Legislation and IMF Reform

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, on the Senate Floor regarding the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014 and IMF reform. "M. President, I rise to express my robust concern about Russia's actions and the continuing escalation of tensions in Central and Eastern Europe. Even with Ukrainian troops leaving Crimea, … Continue Reading


March 24, 2014

Chairman Menendez Remarks on Senate Ukraine Legislation

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, on the Senate floor regarding the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014. "M. President, last week some of my colleagues in this Chamber were sanctioned by Vladimir Putin, for standing up for the Ukrainian people, for standing up for freedom, for standing up for democracy, and fo… Continue Reading


March 23, 2014

Chairman Menendez Returns from Brussels Following High-Level Meetings on Ukraine with European Leaders

Newark, NJ - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, returned from Brussels this afternoon following a series of high-level meetings on Ukraine with European leaders. Menendez met with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, and Estonian President Toomas Ilves, among other leaders. At the Brussels Forum hosted by the German Marshall Fund, Me… Continue Reading


March 22, 2014

Chairman Menendez Remarks at German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the German Marshall Fund's Brussels Forum. "Good morning. My name is Bob Menendez and I have just been sanctioned by Vladimir Putin. I suspect for standing up for the Ukrainian people. Standing up for freedom. Standing up for democracy. If that's the case, then I say - by all means, Mr. Putin, sanction me! Sanction all of us who stand for … Continue Reading


March 20, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Being Sanctioned by the Russian Government

Brussels, Belgium - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after being sanctioned by the Russian government. "President Putin's military invasion and annexation of Crimea is brutal, totally unacceptable, and sadly returns us to a period of Cold War aggression and hostility. It doesn't have to be this way, but if standing up for the Ukrainian people, their freedom, their hard earned democracy, and sovereignty means… Continue Reading


March 20, 2014

Chairman Menendez Travels to Brussels to Meet with European Union and NATO Leadership

Brussels, Belgium - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will travel to Brussels, Belgium for a series of meetings with key European Union and NATO leaders. He will also attend the German Marshall Fund's Brussels Forum where he will deliver a keynote address on Saturday morning. "During this period of truly historic and transformative global developments, we in the United States alongside our allies in Europe have a duty to lead by embracing o… Continue Reading


March 19, 2014

Chairman Menendez Expresses Support for an International Investigation into Sri Lankan War Crime Allegations

WASHINGTON, DC - Chairman Menendez wrote UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay to express his support for a resolution at the current session of the UN Human Rights Council that calls for an international investigation into Sri Lankan war crimes committed during that country's civil war. In the letter, Senator Menendez notes "that the Committee is concerned with the deteriorating environment for the democratic process and human rights in Sri Lanka." He also writes: "Until the Sri … Continue Reading


March 18, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Russian Annexation of Crimea and Seizure of Ukrainian Navy Headquarters

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Russia's annexation of Crimea and seizure of the Ukrainian Navy headquarters. "President Vladimir Putin's decision to annex Crimea following the illegitimate referendum there is a reckless and unacceptable act that contravenes all international norms and laws. It requires a swift response from the U.S., Europe, and our democratic allies around the wo… Continue Reading


March 18, 2014

Eighty-three Senators Outline Core Principles of a Final Agreement with Iran in Letter to President Obama

WASHINGTON, DC - Eighty-three U.S. Senators wrote President Obama to outline core principles they believe should define any final agreement with Iran on its nuclear weapon program. The letter was spearheaded by Senators Menendez (D-NJ), Graham (R-SC), Schumer (D-NY), Kirk (R-IL), Coons (D-DE) and Ayotte (R-NH). In their letter, the eighty-three senators write: "Most importantly, Iran must clearly understand the consequences of failing to reach an acceptable final agreement. We must signal une… Continue Reading


March 13, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Bipartisan Senate Foreign Relations Committee Vote Approving Ukraine Legislation

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the committee approved The Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014 by a bipartisan vote of 14 to 3. In a strong, bipartisan vote, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee demonstrated their support for the Ukrainian people as they courageously confront Russian military aggression and an at… Continue Reading


March 13, 2014

Chairman Menendez Introduces the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act

Washington, DC - Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) joined by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014 today. This bipartisan legislation authorizes $15 million in new funding in the FY2015 budget to defend human rights, support democratic civil society organizations, assist independent media, and strengthen good governance and the rule of law in the face of the massive violence and repression being carried ou… Continue Reading


March 13, 2014

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Hearing on Keystone XL

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 "Keystone XL and the National Interest Determination." "Good morning. We are here today with a distinguished panel of experts and advocates to address something that has long been an issue of practical and political concern for many in this town and across the nation. And today we are here to find answers and shed m… Continue Reading


March 12, 2014

Chairman Menendez Introduces Ukraine Legislation

Menendez: "Ukraine is confronting a menacing threat challenging its very existence and in their hour of need, we firmly stand with the Ukrainian people to choose their own destiny without Russian interference." Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, offered legislation today providing authority for Ukrainian loan guarantees and to assist in the country's stabilization and recovery, including sanctions on individuals responsible… Continue Reading


March 06, 2014

Chairman Menendez Opening Remarks at Hearing on Syria Spillover, Ukraine Update

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 "Syria Spillover: The Growing Threat of Terrorism and Sectarianism in the Middle East and Ukraine Update. "This hearing will come to order. I want to thank Deputy Secretary of State Burns and all of our panelists for being here to provide their perspective on the increasingly violent spillover from the ongoing confl… Continue Reading


March 04, 2014

Chairman Menendez Remarks at AIPAC

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks today at the AIPAC annual policy conference. "Thank you very much. I am honored to speak to so many with whom I have stood shoulder-to-shoulder for so long - sometimes against the odds, often against the broader international community and sometimes at our own political peril - but we have always, always stood together when it comes to the security of Israel. "… Continue Reading


March 03, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on Developments in Ukraine and Congressional Response

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding developments in Ukraine and a Congressional response: "Russia's military intervention in Ukraine constitutes a clear violation of international law and demands a swift and coordinated response from the international community to support the Ukraine and counter Russian efforts to annex Ukrainian territory by force. "The Senate Foreign Relations Com… Continue Reading


February 27, 2014

Chairman Menendez Statement on the Release of the Annual Country Report on Human Rights

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Annual Country Report on Human Rights issued today by the State Department: "The Annual Country Report on Human Rights documents a world replete with examples of the most vicious human rights violations. In the regions where some of our most vital national security challenges exist, governments trample in the cruelest of ways on their citizens' … Continue Reading


February 27, 2014

Menendez, Rubio Introduce Resolution Deploring Violence in Venezuela, Calling for Full Accountability for Human Rights Violations

Washington, DC - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today introduced a Senate Resolution deploring the violent repression of peaceful demonstrations in Venezuela, calling for full accountability for human rights violations, and supporting the right of the Venezuelan people to live freely and democratically. "This action sends an unequivocal message by condemning the violence perpetrated against innocent Venezuelans by President… Continue Reading

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