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September 2019
Politico: Menendez introduces TPS bill for Bahamas

A group of Senate Democrats led by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced a bill today that would grant Temporary Protected Status to people from the Bahamas who are unable to return home due to Hurricane Dorian.

NJ.com: No more dogs on those door-free helicopters flying over NYC

“While FlyNYON has agreed to halt its cruelty to animals by no longer strapping in pets and dangling them high above the ground in a doors-off helicopter, it still doesn’t change the fact that they continue to put people at risk by exploiting a loophole in federal regulation," said Menendez, also a Democrat. "The FAA must act to make these doors-off flights safer or ground them entirely.”

NBC News: House passes $300 million bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing

Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Bob Menendez, D-N.J., have introduced a similar, bipartisan proposal in the Senate to require detectors. That has yet to advance, though aides said they were hopeful it would move forward soon. Scott, who worked closely with HUD staff on the bill, called the legislation “a top priority to ensure the safety of all families moving forward” in a statement on Tuesday.

Bloomberg: Hong Kong May Be Weak Link for U.S. Technology, Senators Warn

A bipartisan group of senators has told the Trump administration that they’re concerned about whether U.S. export controls are strong enough to prevent China from getting sensitive American technology through Hong Kong... The document is signed by Senators Jim Risch and Bob Menendez, the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Mike Crapo and Sherrod Brown, the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee. It is also signed by Republican Senators Cory Gardner, Marco Rubio, and Pat Toomey, and Democratic Senators Ed Markey, Ben Cardin and Jack Reed.

July 2019
New York Times : Lawmakers Accuse Trump and Aides of Delaying F-16 Sales to Taiwan

Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the Trump administration “is possibly obstructing the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan so the president can use them as leverage in his failing trade war with China.”

New York Times : Senate Fails to Override Trump’s Veto on Saudi Arms Sales

The measures, introduced by Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, sought to stymie the administration’s effort to circumvent Congress to sell munitions to the gulf nations by declaring an emergency over Iran. Mr. Menendez and other lawmakers had blocked some of those sales, but by declaring an emergency, the administration was able to blow through the blockades.

Politico : Senate fails to override Trump veto on Saudi arms sales

The bill was essentially killed in committee when the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), attached his own Saudi Arabia legislation as an amendment — forcing Risch to withdraw his. Menendez’s bill, which would block certain arms sales to the kingdom and in-flight refueling of Saudi Arabia’s aircraft and is considered tougher than Risch’s, instead passed the committee. But it’s unclear if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will bring the bill to the floor.

NJ.com: Beach umbrella injuries, impalements show need for safety campaign, N.J. officials say

The Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that 2,800 people have sought emergency medical assistance for beach umbrella-related injuries from 2010-2018, according to U.S. Sen. Menendez, who called on the commission to launch the safety campaign.

NEWS12: Sen. Menendez wants beachgoers protected from flying umbrellas

Sen. Bob Menendez held a news conference Monday in Manasquan to once again call on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to improve its regulations and develop an aggressive campaign to educate beachgoers on the dangers the umbrellas can pose if they're not properly staked in the sand.

WABC6 Philly: Sen. Bob Menendez calls for beach umbrella safety after woman impaled last summer

Bob Menendez held a news conference Monday in Manasquan to once again call on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to improve its regulations and develop an aggressive campaign to educate beachgoers on the dangers the umbrellas can pose if they're not properly staked in the sand.

CBS2 Philly: New Jersey Senator Menendez Wants Beachgoers Protected From Flying Umbrellas

MANASQUAN, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey’s senior U.S. senator wants federal officials to take more aggressive action to protect beachgoers from wind-swept beach umbrellas. Bob Menendez held a news conference Monday in Manasquan to once again call on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to improve its regulations and develop an aggressive campaign to educate beachgoers on the dangers the umbrellas can pose if they’re not properly staked in the sand.

Associated Press : Senators advance bill to punish, sanction Saudi Arabia

“We need to have a bill that has serious consequences,” Menendez told the committee, warning that anything less would be interpreted by Saudi leadership as just “a slap on the wrist.”

Washington Post: Trump and GOP leaders will bear responsibility if Saudi Arabia isn’t held accountable

By a vote of 13 to 9 , the committee approved a bill sponsored by Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Todd C. Young (R-Ind.) that would suspend most U.S. military sales to the kingdom and impose sanctions on all those implicated in the killing of Khashoggi, a Post contributor who was dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last October by a hit team dispatched from Riyadh.

Politico: Senate panel endorses Craft as U.N. envoy

Menendez has put forth competing legislation.

His bill would require sanctions within 30 days on anyone involved in Khashoggi's death, including “any official of the government of Saudi Arabia or member of the royal family” determined to be involved. The measure also would suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Politico: Foreign Relations Committee snubs Republican chairman on Saudi Arabia

Menendez’s bill would block certain arms sales to the kingdom and in-flight refueling of Saudi Arabia’s aircraft. GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Todd Young of Indiana joined Democrats in supporting it.

National Journal: Over GOP Chair’s Objections, Senate Panel Advances Saudi Sanctions

“Comity is not the mere acquiescence to the will of the majority,” Menendez said during the meeting. “Comity is a deliberative, and consultative, negotiated process in which the majority and the minority come together to form the pathway forward to consensus.”

Roll Call: Urgency of marijuana policy was on full display Tuesday

The legislation from Harris and Nadler, it turned out, would not be the only cannabis legislation to be rolled out on Tuesday. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez announced the introduction of a measure with Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul and North Dakota Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer, again along with Merkley, that would ensure legal marijuana businesses have access to insurance products.

The Hill: Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission

In a second letter, 22 Senate Democrats, led by Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Menendez (N.J.), said the commission is based on the erroneous idea that “there is any ‘confusion’ over what human rights are."

NJ.com: ‘Historic’ U.S. Senate hearing on banking for legal cannabis businesses set for Tuesday

“I don’t like using the word historic too easily, but it is a historic hearing because we have never had a hearing specifically on how to we bank the marijuana industry in and of itself,” said Menendez, D-N.J.

NJ.com: Legal marijuana businesses can’t buy insurance. Menendez wants to change that.

Menendez’s insurance legislation, known as the Clarifying Law Around Insurance of Marijuana Act, or CLAIM Act, is designed to allow insurers to provide coverage to legal cannabis businesses in states that have legalized the drug for personal or medical use.

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