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July 2020
WHYY: Sen. Menendez announces bill on COVID-19 disparities

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), along with U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), announced the COVID-19 Health Disparities Action Act Wednesday, saying it would improve contact tracing, testing and outreach to minority populations.

Hudson County View: Menendez on John Lewis: ‘I know I’m a better person & representative for NJ because of him’Menendez on John Lewis: ‘I know I’m a better person & representative for NJ because of him’

“Today is a sad day for America. John Lewis – often referred to as the Conscience of Congress – was an extraordinary public servant with a heart full of love and compassion for others,” Menendez said in a statement.

AM NY: New Jersey Senator calls for $32 billion in transit funds in next stimulus

The basics being $32 billion for emergency supplemental funding through 2021, that is.Menendez issued a letter to Schumer and McConnell on Thursday saying more long-term stimulus support for transit is needed than $25 billion that was provided in the CARES Act in March.The basics being $32 billion for emergency supplemental funding through 2021, that is.Menendez issued a letter to Schumer and McConnell on Thursday saying more long-term stimulus support for transit is needed than $25 billion that was provided in the CARES Act in March.

CNBC: Bipartisan Senate bill would punish retailers for refusing cash payments

Sens. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., have introduced a bill prohibiting retailers from declining cash payments from customers, as businesses promote “contactless” digital payment as they grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

The Hill: Democratic senator proposes sanctions against Putin over bounties

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced a proposal on Wednesday to slap sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin over reports that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked fighters to target U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

June 2020
Forbes: Senators Demand Facebook Answer For Its White Supremacist Problem

The letter, sent by Senators Robert Menendez, Mazie Hirono, and Mark Warner, takes issue with Facebook’s failure to address white supremacy on its platform despite its stated commitment to racial justice and combating hate speech.

Reuters: U.S. senators urge funding for internet access during pandemic

The 26 senators introducing the bill include Ron Wyden, Charles Schumer, Richard Blumenthal, Mazie Hirono, Bernie Sanders, Brian Schatz, Elizabeth Warren, Robert Menendez and Kamala Harris.

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.

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