Ranking Member's Press

June 18, 2020

Menendez & Engel Introduce Legislation to Prohibit Funding for Trump’s Reckless Troop Withdrawal from Germany

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today announced the Maintaining United States National Security Interests in Europe Act, bicameral legislation to restrict funding for the implementation of President Trump's reckless plans to withdraw some U.S. forces from Germany. "The current U.S. troop presence in Germany is in the U.S. national security interest. … Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Menendez Statement on Michael Pack’s Hollowing Out of USAGM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Michael Pack, President Trump's pick to head the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), abruptly fired all of the network heads and their corporate boards on his first week at the Agency: "As feared, Michael Pack has confirmed he is on a political mission to destroy the USAGM's independence and undermine its historic role. The wholesale firing of the A… Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Following Bolton Bombshell, Menendez Demands Answers on Trump’s Business Dealings with Chinese Government

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is calling for a full accounting of President Donald Trump's ongoing business relationship with a Chinese state-controlled bank. Following former National Security Adviser John Bolton's revelation that President Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to buy U.S. agricultural products to help him win the 2020 election, Senator Menendez raised new questions about how much the President may be p… Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Keeping Women and Girls Safe from the Start Authorization Act of 2020

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) were joined today by four of their Senate colleagues in introducing the Keeping Women and Girls Safe from the Start Authorization Act of 2020. Against the backdrop of the largest refugee crisis in recorded history, the new bipartisan legislation seeks to bolster current United States' and in… Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

Senate Approves Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chris Coons (D-De.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today released the following statements after the Senate unanimously approved S.712, the Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act. Named in honor of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, whose unlawful detention by the Iranian regime is recognized as the longes… Continue Reading


June 15, 2020

Menendez, Reed Demand Answers on Status of Security Assistance Funding to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee, today sent a letter today to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper demanding answers regarding the current status of U.S. security assistance to the government of Afghanistan. Calling for transparency with Congress and Afghan government officials alike, the letter follows conflicting information from Trump Administrati… Continue Reading


June 15, 2020

Menendez Statement on Russian Court’s Sentencing of U.S. Citizen Paul Whelan

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to Moscow's sham trial against former U.S. marine Paul Whelan after he was convicted of espionage and sentenced to 16 years in prison on Monday: "Today's sentencing of wrongfully detained American Paul Whelan is a disgrace. My thoughts are with Mr. Whelan and his loved ones who for the past year and a half have seen him languish in a Russian prison … Continue Reading


June 12, 2020

Senate Unanimously Approves Menendez-Rubio Resolution Calling for the Release of Cuban Activist José Daniel Ferrer

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today released the following statements after the Senate unanimously approved their resolution calling for the immediate release of Cuban democracy activist José Daniel Ferrer. Mr. Ferrer was imprisoned on October 1, 2019 and arbitrarily convicted on April 3, 2020 to … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Menendez, Engel, Maloney, Connolly, and Castro Release Transcript of Interview with Inspector General Linick

WASHINGTON-Today, Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senatr Committee on Foreign Relations, Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Representative Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations, and Representative Joaquin Castro, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations release… Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

EVENT: Global Forced Migration - The Political Crisis of Our Time

On behalf of Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), we would like to invite you to a Congressional briefing on Thursday, June 18, 2020 to discuss a new report being published by the SFRC Democratic Staff. The report, titled "Global Forced Migration: The Political Crisis of Our Time," is the culmination of a comprehensive SFRC investigation commissioned by Ranking Member Menendez into the global forced migration crisis. Joining Menendez fo… Continue Reading


June 08, 2020

Leading Senators Blast USAID Head for Attacking Sexual and Reproductive Health Provisions in UN’s COVID-19 Response Plan

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by a group of leading Democratic Senators in condemning the Trump Administration's demand for the United Nations to remove all references to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) from the Global Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for COVID-19. Citing their concerns with a May 18, 2020 letter from United States Agency for International Development Acting Administrator John Barsa to U.N… Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

In new letter, Democratic Senators Promote Productive Relationship with the WHO

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by a group of Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democrats in sending a letter to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General World Health Organization (WHO), to advance a productive relationship between the U.S. and the WHO as well as inquire about the organization's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "As the primary international organization responding to global … Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Menendez Blasts State Department’s Politically-Motivated Responses to Congress; Calls on Pompeo to Engage on Extensive List of Congressional Requests he has Ignored

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), today sent a pair of letters condemning the State Department's decision to provide thousands of pages of documents to Republicans in response to inquiries seeking to smear President Trump's political rivals while ignoring requests from Democrats on critical national security matters, and calling on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to respond to a growing list of unanswered requests on key p… Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

**VIDEO** Menendez Delivers Remarks Ahead of Confirmation Vote for Michael Pack’s Nomination to USAGM

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke on the Senate Floor in opposition to the nomination of Michael Pack to be CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media. Speaking ahead of the confirmation vote, Menendez laid out in detail his serious and outstanding concerns regarding inappropriate and potentially unlawful activity involving Mr. Pack's business dealings, which the District of Columbia's Attorney General is currently inve… Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Menendez, Risch Lead SFRC Members in Recognizing Tiananmen Square Anniversary

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a bipartisan group of Senate Foreign Relations Committee members in recognizing the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Senators Menendez and Risch were joined by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Jef… Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Menendez Requests GAO Assessment of U.S. Assistance to the Government of Azerbaijan

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, formally requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) open a review of U.S. assistance provided to the Government of Azerbaijan through the continued use of an exemption waiver of Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act. Section 907, which has been law since 1992, bans most assistance to the Government of Azerbaijan until it takes demonstrable steps to cease all blockades and other o… Continue Reading


June 03, 2020

Mendendez, Engel, Maloney, Connolly & Castro Statement on IG Linick's Interview

WASHINGTON-Today, Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Representative Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, and Representative Joaquin Castro, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations issued the following… Continue Reading


June 03, 2020

Menendez: Is this the America we want to live in?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the highest ranking Latino in Congress, today expressed support for the peaceful demonstrations across the country in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, and called on Congress to take concrete action to end the systemic racism, injustice and inequality that continues to plague the nation and hurt communities of color. Below is the full statement issued today by Sen. Menendez: "Monday night, the world witnessed the horrifying si… Continue Reading


June 02, 2020

Menendez Introduces Arms Control Bills to Constrain Russian and Chinese Nuclear Weapons

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced two bills aimed at presenting coherent strategies to preserve and build upon the arms control frameworks that constrain Russia's strategic nuclear forces, and develop a strategic arms control agenda with China around its nuclear arsenals. "At a time when Russia and China continue to develop and modernize their strategic nuclear arsenals, it is vital the United States maintain and… Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Menendez, Blumenthal, Booker Call on Trump Administration to Support 9/11 Families

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today released the following statement calling on the Trump Administration to support the 9/11 survivors and family members in their pursuit of justice: "We stand with the 9/11 families as the Trump Administration obfuscates the truth. We are committed to justice and closure in this deeply traumatizing chapter of American history… Continue Reading

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