Ranking Member's Press

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


May 28, 2020

Menendez & Engel Demand Answers on Trump Administration LGBTI Policy in the Americas

Washington-Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today demanded answers from the Trump Administration on its approach to LGBTI rights in the Americas. In a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) Carlos Trujillo, the lawmakers pressed for an explanation for why an Administration official pushed back on key provisions of an OAS LGBTI Co… Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Menendez, Blackburn Lead Effort to Protect Free Speech Online

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) have introduced the Open Technology Fund Authorization Act to expand the U.S. government's support for internet freedom by addressing authoritarian regimes' escalating efforts to censor, restrict, and surveil the internet. Senators Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) are original cosponsors. Repressive censorship and surveillance have become global phenomena, threatening the universal human rights of free s… Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

***VIDEO*** Menendez Publishes Footage of Restricted Committee Business Meeting

WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) tonight is releasing a video of the entire Senate Foreign Relations Committee business meeting that took place earlier today. The footage, which was taken by Menendez's team, comes after Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) unilaterally prevented the press and public from viewing the controversial meeting by refusing to allow an official Senate live-stream video recording. With an agenda centered on voting on a controversial political nominee… Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

SFRC Approves Menendez, Risch Resolution Lauding State Department Professionals for their Efforts to Bring Home Americans Stranded Abroad During Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in approving a bipartisan resolution to commend the State Department professionals for their dedication repatriating United States citizens and legal permanent residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Resolution now moves on to the Floor for consideration by the full Senate. The State Department's R… Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Committee Passes Menendez Resolution Recognizing 50 Years of Partnership with ASEAN

WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J) issued the following statement after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved his Resolution (S.Res.406) recognizing the decades of cooperation between the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and its ten members, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. "For more than fifty years, ASEAN has helped unite one of the most dynamic, rapidly-cha… Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Menendez, Colleagues Applaud Approval of Senate Bipartisan Resolution Calling for the Release of Cuban Activist Jose 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 applauded the approval by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of S. Res.454, a resolution calling for the immediate release of Cuban democracy activist Jose Daniel Ferrer, who was imprisoned on October 1, 2019 and arbitrarily convicted on April 3, 2020 to a sentenc… Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, issued the following statements after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved their bipartisan bill to bolster U.S. government resources to bring back Americans held hostage or unlawfully detained abroad. The Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountab… Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Statement on Trump Administration’s Withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to the Trump Administration's withdrawal of the United States from the Open Skies Treaty, which violated U.S. law. The Open Skies Treaty is a key part of America's international arms control strategy. The Open Skies Treaty allows the 34 signatory countries, including the United States and Russia, to conduct reconnaissance flights over each other's … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Ranking Member Menendez Opening Remarks at Committee Business Meeting

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at the beginning of today's Foreign Relations Committee business meeting. "Mr. Chairman, I have a two preliminary matters that I would like to address. As an initial matter, I ask for unanimous consent to enter into the record of this meeting a number of items related to the nomination of Michael Pack. These materials include letters from all of the democrat… Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Leading Senators Outline Standards for Trump Admin’s Support of Human Rights Worldwide ahead of Controversial State Department Commission Report

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with 19 of his Democratic Senate colleagues, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to raise significant concerns about the objectives of the Department of State's Commission on Unalienable Rights. Senator Menendez has questioned the purpose of the Commission since its formation as a 10-member body lacking the diversity of viewpoints required for advising the U.S. State D… Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Menendez, Rubio Mark World Press Freedom Day with Bipartisan Resolution

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations' Subcommittee that oversees human rights, today led their Senate colleagues in introducing a bipartisan resolution to commemorate World Press Freedom Day. The resolution underscores the sacrifices that journalists around the world have borne in pursuit of truth and accountability. The resolution also acknowledges increas… Continue Reading

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