Longtime friend of the Armenian American community, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is poised to become the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee following Democratic pickups of two U.S. Senate seats in Georgia’s runoff elections, positioning the New Jersey senator to play a hugely influential position in U.S. – world affairs.
In December of 2019, Senator Menendez spearheaded the unanimous passage of the Armenian Genocide Resolution, S. Res. 150, in the U.S. Senate, highlighting his decades-long legislative track record of leading pro-Armenian American initiatives.
A strong supporter of Artsakh and his vigorous defense of Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act – Senator Menendez secured a General Accounting Office assessment of the Trump administration’s dramatic $120,000,000 increase in U.S. military aid to Azerbaijan, and, in the wake of Azerbaijan’s September 27, 2020 attack on Artsakh, introduced two measures, S. Res. 754 and S. Res. 755, scrutinizing U.S. security assistance to Turkey and Azerbaijan in light of their domestic abuses and acts of regional aggression.
Senator Menendez has led bipartisan Senate campaigns to support U.S. aid to Armenia and Artsakh and ensure continued U.S. AID funding for the HALO Trust’s life-saving de-mining operations in the region.