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  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), issued this statement following the release of Alan Gross. "This is a moment of profound relief for Alan Gross and his family. Mr. Gross' physical and mental health has declined severely as a result of his five-year imprisonment under difficult...
  • Washington, D.C. – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), issued this statement regarding the terrorist attack in Pakistan. “I condemn in the strongest and most forceful of terms today’s attack targeting innocent children. Pakistan is grieving today and we in the United States mourn alongside the...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks expressing grave concern over the Republic of Turkey’s incursion into Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).   “This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Turkish invasion. We...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), issued this statement following Senate passage of the bipartisan Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014. The legislation authorizes critical defensive, lethal military and non-military assistance for the government of Ukraine, and imposes additional sanctions...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following the passage of an Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIL: “Congress has a constitutional responsibility to uphold and a moral obligation to meet when sending our sons and daughters...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and author of the bipartisan Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act, issued this statement following the bill’s passage in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation was approved by the U.S. Senate on...
  • 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 titled “Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIL.” “Thank you, Secretary Kerry for being here. When you last appeared...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and author of the bipartisan Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act, issued this statement following the bill’s passage in the U.S. Senate. “Today, the United States Senate sent a clear and unequivocal...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the below statement regarding the continued imprisonment of Alan Gross by the Cuban government. “For five long years, the Cuban government has falsely imprisoned Alan Gross in conditions that have taken a great toll on his...
  • 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 titled “Dismantling Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program: Next Steps To Achieve A Comprehensive Deal.” “This hearing will come to order....
  • WASHINGTON, DC – In a letter sent to Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday, a group of 14 Senators including Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ), wrote to express their deep concern for the lives of the 43 young students that disappeared on September 26th in the State of Guerrero, Mexico. The Senators call for...
  • NEWARK, NJ – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the below statement regarding the Iran nuclear negotiations. “I commend the Administration's diplomatic efforts in pursuit of a comprehensive agreement with Iran to terminate its illicit nuclear program. The burden of proof to...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) was joined by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) today in introducing a resolution condemning all forms of persecution and discrimination against the Muslim Rohingya ethnic group in Burma, and calling on the regional governments to protect the rights of Rohingya refugees. The bipartisan resolution...
  • 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 nomination for Mr. Antony Blinken of New York to the position of Deputy Secretary of State. “I welcome you back to the Committee.  As the former Staff...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the below statement in response to the terror attack in a Jerusalem synagogue that killed four rabbis, including three Israeli-American citizens. “Today’s horrific attack on worshipers at a synagogue in Jerusalem is a...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez today released the following statement regarding the Administration's announcement of a $3 billion pledge to the Green Climate Fund (GCF):  “The announced $3 billion pledge is exactly what’s needed to bring developing countries to the table for a meaningful climate agreement in...
  • Washington, D.C. - Today, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Christopher Coons (D-DE), and John Boozman (R-AR) introduced a resolution supporting a U.S. contribution to further the work of the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi).  Gavi is an international alliance between governments and private sector organizations with a mission to...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued today the following statement on the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran: “As co-authors of bipartisan sanctions laws that compelled Iran to the negotiating table, we believe that a good deal will dismantle, not just stall, Iran’s illicit nuclear...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez tonight released the following statement regarding the Administration's announcement of a new agreement between the United States and China to address climate change:  "This bold announcement from the world's two largest economies and greenhouse gas emitters can help lead to a robust global...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, Chairman of the Committee on Finance, and U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Budget Committee sent the following letter to...