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June 2020
CNN: Senate Democrats signal they're prepared to block GOP police reform bill

"Where is the justice in the Justice Act?" he said. Asked if Democrats could change it on the floor to their liking, Menendez said: "If you got commitments up front. There are none."

Reuters: U.S. Lawmakers Offer Bill to Block Trump From German Troop Withdrawal

Representative Eliot Engel, chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, and Senator Bob Menendez, ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the bill, reflecting concern in Congress from Democrats as well as Trump's fellow Republicans about the plan to cut troops.

Hudson County View: Menendez, Sacco praise Supreme Court’s ruling that halts Trump’s ability to end DACA

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and state Senator Nick Sacco (D-32) are praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that halts President Donald Trump’s (R) ability to end the DACA program.

Newsweek: Do Black Lives Matter? Americans Can't Avoid Answering this Simple Question Any Longer
Yahoo: 'Bad officers make it hard for the good ones': Senator Menendez

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez joins Yahoo Finance’s On The Move to weigh in on police reform and address how the state is using its funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yahoo: Democrats: Senate must step up homeowner protections in next relief package

In a letter obtained exclusively by Yahoo Money, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) urged leaders Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to step up protections to help Americans across the country amid the pandemic.

USA Today Network: We as a society must ask ourselves: Is this the America we want to live in? | Menendez

Together, we must finally fulfill the promise of a nation where everyone, regardless of their race, religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or country of origin is afforded the same unalienable rights and treated equally under the law.

Bloomberg: Facebook Urged by Sen. Menendez to Put Warnings on False Speech

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez calls for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to apply warning labels to false or harmful speech on the social media platform.

May 2020
New York Times: Congress Calls State Dept. Officials for Interviews in Expanded Pompeo Inquiry

The next day, two lawmakers, Representative Eliot L. Engel of New York, a Democrat who is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, opened an inquiry into the firing. Congressional aides said they had learned that Mr. Linick had been conducting investigations tied directly to Mr. Pompeo and his wife, Susan Pompeo, a State Department volunteer.

Transportation Today: NJ senators announce $91.5M for replacement of the Portal Bridge and Amtrak upgrades

Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), along with other members of the New Jersey Senate Delegation, announced Tuesday more than $91.5 in funding would go toward fixing a critical component of the Northeast Corridor (NEC) connecting Boston to Washington, D.C. – the Portal Bridge.

NJ.com: Feds give $55M to help replace Portal Bridge

“The oft-malfunctioning Portal Bridge has become the bane of existence for commuters," said U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate transit subcommittee. "It’s long outlived its usefulness, and must be replaced without further delay.”

NBC: Lawmakers urge Trump administration to collect data on LGBTQ COVID-19 patients

"Congress and governmental agencies rely on data to create better health programs, direct vital resources to communities, and better the health of all people," Menendez said.

Politico: Senators to roll out revised bipartisan bill for $500B in state, local emergency aid

The amended bill completely eliminates any population threshold to qualify for aid, “allowing every state, county, municipality, U.S. territory and the District of Columbia to qualify for direct federal assistance, regardless of its size,” Menendez and Cassidy said in a release.

New Jersey Globe: Menendez, Sherrill announce more GOP support for SMART Act

“There isn’t a place in America right now that isn’t or won’t be impacted,” said Menendez, the bill’s prime Democratic sponsor in the Senate. “Our state and local governments can’t do this alone. A national emergency requires a national response.”

NJ Spotlight: Fed Bill Would Distribute Aid to NJ, Other States Based on Specific COVID-19 Factors

Under the bipartisan bill that’s being sponsored by Menendez and U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), among others, the nearly $500 billion in aid would be distributed using a formula that would consider three factors: population, COVID-19 infection rates and the depth of any revenue losses.

New York Times: Inspector General’s Firing Puts Pompeo’s Use of Taxpayer Funds Under Scrutiny

The investigation is aimed at determining whether the act was one of illegal retaliation intended to shield Mr. Pompeo from accountability — which “would undermine the foundation of our democratic institutions,” Representative Eliot L. Engel of New York and Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey, leading Democrats on foreign policy committees, said in a joint statement.

Hudson County View: Menendez leads bipartisan request to feds to ease borrowings costs for state & local govts

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is leading a bipartisan request to the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve asking them to ease borrowing costs for state and local governments that are ailing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CNET: Senators question Facebook over disinformation and hate speech

"With federal, state, and local elections slated for November 2020, Facebook has a responsibility to ensure that its platforms do not become a hotbed of disinformation," says the letter, from Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Kamala Harris of California, and Robert Menendez of New Jersey.

New York Times: Senators Question Lower Relief Loan Amounts for Small Businesses

“Whether inadvertent or intentional, this troubling report warrants a response from your agencies,” the senators, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Tina Smith of Minnesota, wrote in the letter.

Axios: States face economic death spiral from coronavirus

What to watch: Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) plan to introduce bipartisan legislation as soon as next week that would create a $500 billion fund designed to help struggling state and municipality budgets in the wake of COVID-19.

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