Ranking Member's Press

February 12, 2020

Menendez Opening Statement at U.S.-Libya Policy Hearing

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks at a full committee hearing exploring the current state of U.S.-Libya Policy. "As I see it, the Administration's approach to Libya is emblematic of its overall approach to foreign policy: an absence of U.S. leadership, inconsistent public statements, and a seeming internal lack of clarity have left our partners and allies confused about the United States… Continue Reading


February 11, 2020

Menendez, Cotton, Markey, and Gardner Introduce Resolution Honoring Dr. Li Wenliang

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) in introducing a resolution honoring the life of Dr. Li Wenliang, the Chinese doctor who first identified the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in China late last year and sought to warn the government about the potential devastating impact. Dr. Li succumbed to the coronavirus on February 7, 2020. The resolut… Continue Reading


February 10, 2020

Menendez Blasts Proposed Cuts to National Security Budget in President’s Proposal

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the White House released President Trump's budget for fiscal year 2021. For the third straight year, the Trump Administration is seeking to dismantle the United States' international affairs budget, making America less safe and less secure: "I am deeply disappointed that once again President Trump and Secretary Pompeo are seeking deep cuts to our national s… Continue Reading


February 07, 2020

Menendez Statement on Pres. Trump’s Retaliation Against Lt. Col. Vindman and Ambassador Sondland

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after President Donald Trump ousted Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, his twin brother, as well as ambassador to the European Union Gordon D. Sondland: "Lt. Col Vindman represents the best of this country. We owe a debt of gratitude to him and all of the other career officials who honored their oath to the Constitution. The administration's dismissal of Lt. Col. Vindma… Continue Reading


February 05, 2020

Menendez, Engel Statement on Anniversary of New START Treaty

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 made the following statement on the ninth anniversary of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) entering into force: "For nearly a decade, this treaty has constrained Russia's nuclear forces, provided strong and detailed verification measures to ensure Russia adheres to its commitments, and allowed… Continue Reading


February 05, 2020

Menendez Reacts to Investigation Showing Hundreds of El Salvadorans Were Killed or Abused After Being Deported from U.S.

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to the publication of a Human Rights Watch (HRW) investigation that identifies over 200 cases in which people were murdered or subjected to sexual violence, torture, and other harm after being deported to El Salvador from the United States. "This report is a shameful reminder of the Trump Administration's xenophobic policy of denying meaningful prot… Continue Reading


February 05, 2020

Menendez Reacts to Investigation Showing Hundreds of El Salvadorans Were Killed or Abused After Being Deported from U.S.

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to the publication of a Human Rights Watch (HRW) investigation that identifies over 200 cases in which people were murdered or subjected to sexual violence, torture, and other harm after being deported to El Salvador from the United States. "This report is a shameful reminder of the Trump Administration's xenophobic policy of denying meaningful prote… Continue Reading


February 04, 2020

***VIDEO*** Menendez: “The day we fail to remove this President will go down in history as a day of constitutional infamy”

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered an impassioned speech on the Senate Floor today, in which he stressed Congress' role as a co-equal branch of government and upholding the Constitutional system of checks and balances in announcing that he will vote to remove President Donald J. Trump. CLICK TO WATCH "We need our Republican colleagues to be intellectually honest. We need them to speak the truth and say it's i… Continue Reading


February 04, 2020

Menendez, Risch, Gardner Meet with Taiwanese Vice President-elect William Lai

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member amd chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, today met with Vice President-elect William Lai of Taiwan. "It was a pleasure to welcome Vice President-elect Lai to the Senate," said Menendez. "As I told the Vice President-elect during our conversation, I'm loo… Continue Reading


February 04, 2020

Congressional Leaders Demand Watchdog Investigate Trump Administration Decision to Terminate TPS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, today led a group of leading Democrats in calling on the State Department's Inspector General to immediately open an investigation into the Trump Administration's decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations … Continue Reading


January 31, 2020

Menendez Statement on Trump Admin's Roll Back of Restrictions of U.S. Use and Production of Antipersonnel Landmines

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the State Department formally informed Congress of President Trump's decision to roll back restrictions on the U.S. government's use and production of antipersonnel landmines (APL): "By enabling and encouraging the scourge of anti-personnel landmines around the world, President Trump has found yet another disturbing way to undo the progress made to res… Continue Reading


January 30, 2020

***VIDEO RELEASE*** Menendez Asks Impeachment Managers Whether Trump Repeatedly Placed his Personal and Political Interests Above our National Security Interests

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today asked the following question during today's question and answer phase of the impeachment trial. He was joined by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.): "The President's Counsel has argued that the President's actions are based on his desire to root out corruption. However, new reporting indicates that Attorney General Barr and former National Security Advisor Bolton shared concerns that the Presi… Continue Reading


January 30, 2020

***VIDEO RELEASE*** Menendez Asks Impeachment Managers to Explain Why Withholding Ukrainian Security Assistance Deviates from Established U.S. Foreign Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today asked the following question during today's question and answer phase of the impeachment trial. He was joined by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Jeanne Shaheen ((D-N.H.): "The President's aides and defenders have claimed that it is 'normal' or 'usual'… Continue Reading


January 30, 2020

***VIDEO RELEASE*** Menendez Asks Impeachment Managers Why a President Soliciting Foreign Interference in Our Elections Matters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today asked the following question during today's question and answer phase of the impeachment trial: "The President was seeking investigations from a foreign power based partly on what Fiona Hill called 'a fictional narrative perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services.' We know that the Russian government is already preparing to attack our election in 2020, and the Pres… Continue Reading


January 30, 2020

As Impeachment Focuses on Yovanovitch’s Ouster, 22 Democrats Demand Pompeo Explain Steps to Protect U.S. Diplomats

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led 21 of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding a full accounting of the steps the State Department is taking to investigate the alleged surveillance of U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. The senators also voiced concern for Pompeo's refusal to express any support for Ambassador Yovanovitch or other State Department employees, who were criticized f… Continue Reading


January 29, 2020

Menendez Calls for Focus on Facts During Question Phase of Trump’s Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today hosted a press conference in the U.S. Capitol to discuss the latest on the ongoing impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Flanked by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Menendez outlined what he expects to learn as the trial enters the question-and-answer phase this afternoon. "When we start questionin… Continue Reading


January 29, 2020

***VIDEO RELEASE*** Menendez Asks Impeachment Managers to Explain Trump’s Sudden Concern with Corruption in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked the following question during today’s question and answer phase of the impeachment trial:  “President Trump has maintained that he withheld U.S. security assistance to Ukraine because he was concerned about corruption.  Yet, his purported concern about corruption did not prevent his Administration from sending congressionally-appropriated assistance to Ukraine more than 45 times betw… Continue Reading


January 29, 2020

***VIDEO RELEASE*** Menendez Asks Impeachment Managers How We Hold Future Presidents Accountable if Trump Can Claim Absolute Privilege

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today asked the following question during today's question and answer phase of the impeachment trial. He was joined by Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii): "If the Senate accepts the President's blanket assertion of privilege in the House impeachment inquiry, what are the consequences to the American people? How will the Senate ensure that the current presid… Continue Reading


January 28, 2020

Menendez Demands Pompeo Reinstate NPR’s Participation in His Upcoming Trip

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to the news that the State Department would deny a National Public Radio correspondent a seat aboard Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's plane for his forthcoming trip to Europe and Central Asia. The decision is the latest escalation from the Trump Administration after an NPR report from Mary Louise Kelly revealed Pompeo shouted and swore at her for askin… Continue Reading


January 28, 2020

Senators Menendez, Reed Raise Heightened Diplomatic and Military Risk Posed by Trump Admin’s Failure to Finalize Defense Cost-Sharing Deal with South Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, raised their concerns with the Trump Administration's failure to reach a deal determining South Korea's new financial contributions to help pay for the current level of American military troops stationed in the Korean peninsula. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, t… Continue Reading

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