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June 2019
Buzzfeed : Democrats Are Pushing New Legislation To Protect Federal Housing Loans For Young Immigrants With DACA Status

Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, will introduce legislation Thursday that would stop the Trump administration from denying federally insured housing loans to young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children.

Politico : Senate rebukes Trump with vote to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

The resolutions from Senate Foreign Relations Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a Trump ally, came after Trump's administration signaled it would bypass Congress to sell arms to Saudi Arabia in a deal worth billions.

Wall Street Journal : Senate Passes Resolutions Blocking Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, U.A.E.

But Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), who introduced the resolutions, and lawmakers in both parties have said that the Saudi-led war in Yemen and the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi agents has made selling the country weapons unacceptable.

Washington Post : Senate votes to block Trump’s emergency arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

The Senate on Thursday passed three measures to block President Trump from using his emergency authority to complete several arms sales benefiting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates but fell short of the support needed to overcome a pledged veto.

New York Times : Senate Votes to Block Trump’s Arms Sales to Gulf Nations in Bipartisan Rebuke

“This vote is a vote for the powers of this institution to be able to continue to have a say on one of the most critical elements of U.S. foreign policy and national security,” said Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee and lead sponsor of the resolutions of disapproval.

Menendez decries court decision stripping funding from family planning organizations

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez decried a court decision upholding a Trump administration rule that would strip federal funding from family planning organizations like Planned Parenthood.

Senators reach deal to vote on blocking Saudi arms sale

The Senate will vote Thursday on more than a dozen resolutions aimed at blocking the Trump administration’s sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia, setting up a new challenge to President Donald Trump’s steadfast alliance with the kingdom.

Trump’s U.N. nominee breaks with the president on climate change

President Trump’s nominee to serve as the next ambassador to the United Nations publicly broke with him on climate change Wednesday, stating at her Senate confirmation hearing that she believes fossil fuels and human behavior contribute to the planet’s shifting weather phenomena — but stopping short of endorsing a return to international pacts such as the Paris climate agreement.

 

Kelly Craft absent from post for over 300 days, records show

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft was absent from her post for more than 300 days during her tenure in Ottawa, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's top Democrat said today during Craft's confirmation hearing to become the American envoy to the U.N.

Politico : Robert Lighthizer: 'Absolutely' OK to use tariffs to squeeze nations on non-trade issues

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said today he sees no issue with President Donald Trump's inclination to use tariffs to pressure countries to make policy changes in areas unrelated to trade, specifically when they present threats to national security.

Reuters : Defying Trump, U.S. senator moves towards vote to block Saudi arms sales

 U.S. Senator Bob Menendez began the formal process on Tuesday of blocking a White House plan for $8 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without the consent of Congress, setting up Senate votes on the matter as soon as this week.

Bloomberg : U.S. Senators Urge Trump to Seek Allies to Counter Iran Tensions

Republican senators are backing President Donald Trump’s pressure campaign on Iran while saying the U.S. needs to work with international partners and avoid miscalculations that could lead to unintended conflict.

Maps: The race for Assembly in LD-16

In November, Republicans hope to put a few dents into the Democratic super-majority in the chamber, and one of the places that they are putting an effort into flipping in the 16th legislative district currently represented by two Democrats in the State Assembly, despite a Republican State Senator

Menendez praises Simunovich as ‘tenacious advocate’

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez is mourning the loss of his close friend, North Jersey political and civic leader Joseph Simunovich, who died Tuesday evening.

Democrats demand more info on Craft’s travels

Senate Democratic aides on Wednesday released new details about the frequent absences of President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, from her post as U.S. ambassador to Canada, demonstrating that she was away from Ottawa for an average of 20 days per month over the last eight months.

Senators press Trump nominee for UN ambassador on climate and her coal ties

President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations hit headwinds Wednesday as senators questioned the impact of her family's coal fortune on her ability to work on climate issues at the world body.

State Department official didn’t disclose ties to the boyfriend of Russian agent Maria Butina

The State Department official in charge of U.S. arms control negotiations with Moscow and her husband had a years-long friendship with GOP operative Paul Erickson, the former boyfriend of convicted unregistered Russian agent Maria Butina — ties this official did not disclose to her superiors or to Congress during her confirmation process in the spring of 2018.

NJTV: Federal out-of-network bill aims to close loopholes in NJ law

Bridget Davane, the Public Policy Director for Health Professionals and Allied Employees, stood behind Sen. Bob Menendez in support of his federal legislation, the Stop Surprise Medical Bills Act.

WCBS 880: Menendez Introduces Legislation To Stop Surprise Medical Bills

A New Jersey senator is looking to prevent patients from receiving surprise medical bills, which can often be unnerving and financially debilitating

Hudson Reporter : Menendez, Brown rail against new rules for debt collector’s communications

In the wake of a crackdown on robocalls, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed a rule that would allow debt collection companies to send unlimited texts and emails to consumers. Just last year, debt collection tactics have led to about 82,000 complaints to the CFPB, and nearly 458,000 to the Federal Trade Commission.

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