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  • 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: “Ukraine – Countering Russian Intervention and Supporting a Democratic State.” The remarks follow: “Let me welcome today’s...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to today’s report by Human Rights Watch documenting the unlawful use of force by Venezuelan security forces against innocent civilians and antigovernment demonstrators. “The report...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators wrote President Obama today expressing their concern over the escalating crisis in South Sudan.  The letter was signed by Senators Menendez (D-NJ), Coons (D-DE), Rubio (R-FL), Flake (R-AZ), Durbin (D-IL), McCain (R-AZ), Cardin (D-MD), Isakson (R-GA) and Kaine (D-VA). In their letter,...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chris Coons (D-DE) today introduced a resolution condemning the April 14 abduction of as many as 234 Nigerian school girls by the terrorist group Boko Haram. While local officials have reported that...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in observance of Yom Hashoah: “Today on Yom Hashoah, we stand together as one community of all faiths in commemorating the Nazi-perpetrated genocide and murder of more than six million Jews. On this day of...
  • Newark, NJ – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh: “One year ago this week, the world’s conscience was shocked by the deaths of over 1,130 Bangladeshi garment workers when Rana Plaza,...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Ukraine: "Since the day in February when President Putin directed Russian forces to unlawfully invade Crimea, Russia has continued to flout the most basic of international laws by abridging the...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released a report today titled "Rebalancing the Rebalance: Resourcing U.S. Diplomatic Strategy in the Asia-Pacific Region.”  The report examines the progress made, and the challenges that remain, for the Obama...
  • 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: “International Development Priorities in the FY 2015 Budget.” “Administrator Shah, welcome back to the Committee. “You come at a time...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Fifty-two U.S. Senators wrote President Obama to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act. The letter was spearheaded by Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Inhofe (R-OK). In their letter, the fifty-two senators wrote: “The 35th anniversary not only represents an important milestone in our longstanding...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) introduced a resolution on Monday night marking 20 years since the genocide in Rwanda, which claimed 800,000 lives in 100 days starting on April 7, 1994. The resolution honors the memory of those lost and expresses support for the people of...
  • 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 the hearing: “National Security and Foreign Policy Priorities in the FY 2015 International Affairs Budget.” “Mr. Secretary, welcome back to Washington. I...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement as prepared for delivery on Cuba. “M. President, as the attention of the world has been focused on the pre-1991 Soviet behavior of President Putin in Crimea – I come to the floor to remind the...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, on the Senate Floor following the publication of reports by the AFL-CIO and Colombia’s National Union School evaluating the Colombian Labor Action. “I come to the floor to...
  • Washington, DC – A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a resolution today reaffirming support of the U.S. government for freedom of navigation in the Asia-Pacific region and for the peaceful diplomatic resolution of outstanding territorial and maritime disputes. Senate Resolution 412 was introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ),...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Twentieth Anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide: "Today, on the 20th anniversary of the start of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, I join the global community in extending my thoughts and prayers to...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) wrote President Obama today asking him to put Iran on notice should they attempt to evade U.S. sanctions and violate the Joint Plan of Action. In their letter, Menendez and Kirk write: “If Iran moves...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding elections in Afghanistan. “In spite of intimidation by the Taliban, the Afghan people demonstrated their desire to shape the destiny of their country by participating in this weekend’s...
  • Washington, DC – Yesterday evening, the Senate passed a resolution of ratification for four treaties that will ensure protection for American fishermen, improve marine conservation, and spur more international coordination and communication between coastal countries in controlling illegal or pirate fishing. “Approving these treaties...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Cuba Twitter program. "I commend USAID for its commitment to supporting programs that provide uncensored access to information and communications for for the Cuban people and others struggling...