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October 2019
Buzz Feed: These "Amazon’s Choice" Sellers Are Bribing Customers For Good Reviews

In June, BuzzFeed News reported that Amazon was recommending items with troubling defects and had reviews that were recycled from unrelated products. Following the story, Democratic Sens. Bob Menendez and Richard Blumenthal raised concerns over Amazon’s Choice products in a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

The Hill: Senators ask Treasury to probe Brazilian meatpacker with major US footprint

In a Tuesday letter,  Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to probe whether JBS SA poses a national security and agricultural threat to the U.S.

The Hill: Top Democrats warn against withdrawing from treaty that allows observation flights over Russia

The letter was signed by Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.).

The Record: Coast Guard deal to limit boat traffic in peak Portal Bridge hours could become permanent

A deal with the Coast Guard that was set to expire in September has been extended until Jan. 8, 2020 to keep ships from passing through during peak hours, 5 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 8 p.m., according to Tuesday's announcement from U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey. The plan is to make the arrangement indefinite.

Politico: Coast Guard agrees to long-term fix for Portal Bridge delays

The Coast Guard agreed in March to institute the rules as a short-term solution after facing pressure from U.S. Democratic Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker of New Jersey. Until the rulemaking process is complete, the Coast Guard will extend the temporary restrictions, which prohibit most marine traffic on the Hackensack River from crossing under the bridge in Kearny, N.J., between 5 and 10 a.m. and 3 and 8 p.m.

Politico: Coast Guard agrees to long-term fix for Portal Bridge delays

The Coast Guard agreed in March to institute the rules as a short-term solution after facing pressure from U.S. Democratic Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker of New Jersey. Until the rulemaking process is complete, the Coast Guard will extend the temporary restrictions, which prohibit most marine traffic on the Hackensack River from crossing under the bridge in Kearny, N.J., between 5 and 10 a.m. and 3 and 8 p.m.

NJ Globe: Menendez announces permanent rush hour ban on portal bridge marine traffic

The U.S. Coast Guard will make its rush-hour ban on marine traffic under the portal bridge permanent, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez announced Tuesday.

NJ.com: The rusty, commute-killing Portal Bridge will never open during rush hour again

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, D-N.J., ranking member of the Senate’s transit subcommittee, will announce Tuesday morning that the U.S. Coast Guard will make the peak rush hour marine traffic restrictions permanent. Menendez, Senator Cory Booker, D-NJ and Gov. Phil Murphy worked to get a temporary six-month ban that just ended.

Roll Call: Perry: No plans to resign, urged Ukraine call on energy issues

Sen. Robert Menendez , (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked Perry in a letter sent Oct. 1, about the trip he led to Ukraine on May 20, when he attended Zelenskiy’s inauguration.

Roll Call: Perry: No plans to resign, urged Ukraine call on energy issues

Sen. Robert Menendez , (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked Perry in a letter sent Oct. 1, about the trip he led to Ukraine on May 20, when he attended Zelenskiy’s inauguration.

Epoch Times: Bipartisan Criticism of US Withdrawing From Syria, Abandoning Kurds

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the ranking minority member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also predicted the Kurds would move to support Assad in the vicious civil war that has wracked Syria for a decade.

The Washington Times: Pelosi, McConnell lead Hill rebellion on Trump Syria move

Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat, said the withdrawal “will invite a fresh wave of terrorism, insurgency and chaos in the Middle East, providing conditions for ISIS to regenerate and allowing Iran and Russia to further entrench themselves in Syria.”

AFP: Trump lashes out at rising impeachment storm

"These documents provide further evidence of a concerted, external effort to conduct a disinformation campaign against a career US ambassador, who has been the subject of baseless attacks, including by the President himself," said Senate Democrat Robert Menendez.

Salon: Democrats now probing Mike Pence and Rick Perry's roles in Trump's Ukraine scheme

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., the committee’s ranking member, sent the letters after the whistleblower whose complaint triggered the House impeachment inquiry cited Pence and Perry’s actions as part of the broader effort to “pressure the Ukrainian leadership.”

Politico: Watchdog reveals mysterious attempt to smear ex-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine

“These documents provide further evidence of a concerted, external effort to conduct a disinformation campaign against a career U.S ambassador, who has been the subject of baseless attacks, including by the president himself,” Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement.

The Hill: Bob Menendez: Pompeo Should Recuse Himself on Ukraine

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., on Wednesday demanded Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recuse himself of all Ukrainian issues "to prevent further erosion of the integrity of U.S. foreign policy" in light of his role in the investigation surrounding President Donald Trump's telephone call.

Politico: Senate Democrat demands Pompeo's 'immediate' recusal over Ukraine probe

In a letter to Pompeo dated Wednesday, New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the secretary has a "direct conflict of interest" in the scandal and should not be involved in the State Department's response to it.

USA Today : 'Mysterious' packet of Ukraine disinformation arrives on Capitol Hill amid Trump impeachment inquiry

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the documents raise fresh questions about Pompeo's leadership of the State Department.

India Tribune: World marks Gandhi’s sesquicentennial

US Ambassador to India, Ken Juster tweeted: “Honored to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of #MahatmaGandhi in the company of United States @SenatorMenendez. (Senator Bob Menendez US Senator from New Jersey is visiting India).

The Sand Paper: Save Our Seas 2.0 Legislation Addresses Plastic Waste in Oceans

Gronostajski, accordingly, joined U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) in applauding passage of two key components of Save Our Seas 2.0, legislation to tackle the plastic pollution crisis threatening coastal economies and harming marine life. The senators introduced the three-part Save Our Seas 2.0 Act in June, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Environment and Public Works Committee passed two of the measures on Sept. 25. The third component is currently awaiting action by the Senate Commerce Committee.

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