Ranking Member's Press

November 13, 2019

Joint Statement by Senators Menendez, Durbin, and Cruz on Crisis in Bolivia

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) issued the following joint statement in reaction to the crisis in Bolivia following the resignation of Evo Morales as President: "Earlier this year the U.S. Senate passed our Resolution recognizing the achievements of Bolivia's first indigenous president, but also warning about unchecked power and the dismantling of democratic institut… Continue Reading


November 12, 2019

SFRC Democrats Warn Trump Administration against Punishing State Department Officials Testifying in Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON - With three senior State Department officials scheduled to testify during the first week of public hearings on the Trump-Ukraine scandal, Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today called on two top ranking officials in the Department to step up during the current leadership crisis at the agency, make statements of support for the personnel, and commit to no retaliation against the career public servants risking their careers and reputations due to the Trump-U… Continue Reading


November 11, 2019

Menendez Expresses Concern Ahead of EU’s Final Decision on Labeling of Food Products Imported from Israel

NEWARK - With the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) set to soon issue its final decision about labeling of food products imported from Israel, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to E.U. Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis to express his concerns. The CJEU ruling will impact whether the EU could require Member States to label products made by Israeli-owned companies in Jerusalem, including in the Jewish Quarter of t… Continue Reading


November 07, 2019

Senator Menendez Releases Report Detailing How the Trump Administration Knowingly Endangered TPS Recipients and Their Families for Political Gains

WASHINGTON - A Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic staff report released Thursday and commissioned by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the Committee's ranking member, details how the Trump Administration intentionally ignored warnings about risks to U.S. national security and the safety of nearly 400,000 Salvadoran, Honduran, and Haitian TPS recipients. Senior diplomats at all levels of the State Department and the U.S. Embassies in the three countries repeatedly warned Trump Admini… Continue Reading


November 07, 2019

Sens. Menendez and Murphy Introduce Privileged Resolution to Trigger Mandatory Examination of Turkey’s Human Rights Abuses in Syria

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East, today introduced a privileged resolution to require Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to detail the extent of Turkey's human rights abuses in Syria. The effort sets up a fast-tracked debate and vote in the Senate to assess the U.S.-Turkey relationship based on Ankara's human rights re… Continue Reading


November 05, 2019

Menendez Makes Case for Recalibrating U.S.-Turkey Relationship Under Erdogan

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered a speech on the Senate Floor making the case for a recalibration of the U.S.-Turkey relationship based on its aggressive behavior in the region and the dramatic backsliding of democracy under President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an. "Our strongest allies should be those in NATO, those who have made a treaty commitment to mutual defense. Those who share our values. Those who work in concert w… Continue Reading


November 04, 2019

Menendez Statement on Trump Admin’s Formal Withdrawal of U.S. from Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump Administration officially initiated the one-year process for the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement. While the President announced his intentions to pullout on June 1, 2017, today was the first opportunity to formally request the United States be removed from the global agreement. "Despite more than two years … Continue Reading


November 04, 2019

EVENT: “Playing Politics with Humanitarian Protections”

You are invited: 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, November 7, 2019 on a new report being published by the SFRC Democratic Staff. The report, titled "Playing Politics with Humanitarian Protections", is the culmination of an SFRC investigation commissioned by Ranking Member Menendez into the State Department's role in the Trump Administration's politiciz… Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

Senate Approves Menendez Resolution Reaffirming the Importance of the United States-Japan Alliance

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, applauded the Senate's passage of his bipartisan resolution reaffirming the vital role of the bilateral alliance between the United States and Japan in promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. "For over 70 years, the partnership between the United States and Japan has played a vital role in ensuring peace, stability, and economic development in Asia and … Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

Menendez to Deputy Secretary of State: Is it ever appropriate for the President to use his office to solicit investigations into a domestic political opponent?

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today questioned Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan on his views and role in the Trump-Ukraine scandal. The Senator's questions came as part of a committee hearing considering Sullivan's nomination to be Ambassador to the Russian Federation. CLICK HERE TO WATCH Key excerpts of Senator Menendez's questions for Secretary Sullivan below: On President Trump coercing a foreign g… Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

Menendez Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing for U.S. Ambassador to Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the following opening remarks this morning at a committee hearing for the nomination of the Honorable John Joseph Sullivan to be Ambassador to the Russian Federation. "Our State Department is on the front lines of our national defense. They are patriots charged with achieving our goals through diplomacy, not conflict. Never in my 27 years [in Congress] have I seen the Depa… Continue Reading


October 29, 2019

Menendez Calls for Hatch Act Review Into Pompeo Travel to Kansas

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), formally requesting an immediate review to determine whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from using their official positions to participate in partisan political activities. The Senator's letter comes after Secretary Pompeo has used State Department resources to make … Continue Reading


October 29, 2019

Menendez and Engel Raise Alarms About Administration Failures to Constrain Russian Nuclear Forces

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Foreign affairs Committee, today expressed deep concerns about the Trump Administration's nuclear strategy and approach to the New START Treaty, a critical agreement that places constraints on Russia's strategic nuclear arsenal. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the lawmakers underscored that the Department currently lacks the senior s… Continue Reading


October 27, 2019

Menendez Statement on Death of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died during a military raid in Syria led by the United States: "Today, we come together to congratulate our men and women in uniform who successfully executed the attack on a brutal murderer who mercilessly killed Americans, terrorized populations across the Middle East, and threatened regional peace and security. Last… Continue Reading


October 25, 2019

Top Senate National Security Democrats Slam Trump for Trying to Pay for Border Wall with Defense Funds to help Deter Russian Aggression

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today sent a letter to President Trump fiercely opposing his plan to pay for his border wall using money meant to help our European allies deter Russian aggression. Nearly $1.3 billion, including $700 million designated by Congre… Continue Reading


October 25, 2019

Senator Menendez Statement and Video in Observance of Diwali

NEWARK - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the celebration of Diwali: "I join the millions of Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs in New Jersey and around the world who are celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights. During my recent trip to India, I had the pleasure of taking an extensive tour of the Akshardham Temple in Delhi, which was a testament to the devotion of the BAPS community and a reminder of the … Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Ranking Member Menendez Concludes Trip to India

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, travelled to India earlier this month to assess and advance the partnership between the United States and India. Visiting Delhi, Agra, Chandigarh, Amritsar, and Mumbai, Menendez met with senior government officials, businesspeople, and religious leaders. The Ranking Member's agenda included meetings on U.S.-India cooperation on international trade, promotion of human rights and religious freedo… Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

Fact Sheet: DOD Certified that Ukraine Met Corruption Benchmarks

TRUMP-UKRAINE SCANDAL Fact Sheet: DOD Certified that Ukraine Met Corruption Benchmarks The Claims: President Trump and senior administration officials have claimed that security assistance to Ukraine was held up because they were concerned the assistance would be diverted. For example: Trump said, "why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?" [Roll Call, 9/23/19]. Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said that "the corruption in the country" was one of three key reasons… Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

Menendez on Pres. Trump’s Lifting of Sanctions on Turkey

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after President Donald Trump announced he would lift U.S. sanctions on Turkey: "As if clearing the way for a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Syrian Kurds wasn't enough, President Trump seems determined to keep handing political and military victories to Russia and Syria, kowtowing to Turkey, and opening the door for further Iranian expansion in the regi… Continue Reading


October 22, 2019

Menendez Opening Statement at Hearing on Crisis in Northern Syria

WASHINGTON - Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks at a hearing titled: "Assessing the Impact of Turkey's Offensive in Northeast Syria." Testifying before the committee were Ambassador James F. Jeffrey, Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and Matthew A. Palmer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affair… Continue Reading

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