Bob Menendez serves as the Ranking Member (most senior Democrat) of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee that helps shape foreign policy of broad significance, in matters of war and peace and international relations. He was Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the 113th Congress, where he led the effort to sanction Russia after they invaded Ukrain. In the 115th Congress, Bob served as the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues.
The Committee was established in 1816 as one of the original ten standing Senate committees. Throughout its history, it has been instrumental in developing and influencing United States foreign policy, at different times supporting and opposing the policies of presidents and Secretaries of State. The Committee has considered, debated, and reported important treaties and legislation, and also holds jurisdiction over all diplomatic nominations.
Bob is the first Latino to serve as Chairman of the Committee.
Bob Menendez is a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development. He also serves on the Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Subcommittee and the Securities, Insurance, and Investments Subcommittee. The Committee oversees issues related to banking, insurance, financial markets, securities, housing, urban development and mass transit, international trade and finance, and economic policy.
Bob Menendez is a member of the Senate Finance Committee and serves on the Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight and the Subcommittee on Health Care. The Committee covers a broad range of issues relating to taxation and other revenue measures. It oversees financial matters related to Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and other health and human services programs financed by a specific tax or trust fund. It also covers national social security; bonded debt; customs, collection districts, and ports of entry and delivery; reciprocal trade agreements; tariff and import quotas; transportation of dutiable goods; deposit of public moneys and general revenue sharing.