Chairman's Press

December 11, 2019

Risch Praises Committee Passage of Turkey Sanctions Bill, Additional Legislation, Nominees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a business meeting during which members approved nine bills, 10 Senate resolutions, one joint resolution, one concurrent resolution, and two nominees. "I appreciate my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for coming together for a robust and productive business meeting this morning," said Risch. "We passed a number of significant pieces of legislation through our committee, all of … Continue Reading


December 11, 2019

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Comprehensive Syria-Turkey Legislation

WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today voted to approve the Promoting American National Security and Preventing the Resurgence of ISIS Act (S.2641). The comprehensive legislation, authored by Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), is a direct congressional response to Turkey's military incursion into northeast Syria and attack on the Kurds, as well as their purchase of the Russian S-400 defense system. "I am glad our committee members came toge… Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Risch, Menendez, Gardner, Coons Mark Anniversary of the Chinese Government’s Unlawful Detention of Canadian Citizens, Call for Their Immediate Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, and Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) today recognized the anniversary of the Chinese government's detention of Canadian citizens Michal Kovrig and Michael Spavor in retaliation for Huawei Technologies Co, Ltd. Chief Fina… Continue Reading


December 05, 2019

U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation Expressing Concern over Irregularities in Bolivia’s Elections, Call for Democratic Elections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Chris Coons (D-Dela.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have introduced a resolution expressing grave concern over irregularities following Bolivia's general elections held on October 20, 2019, and encouraging the State Department… Continue Reading


December 04, 2019

Risch Hosts SFRC Meeting with Sudanese Prime Minister Hamdok

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today hosted a committee meeting with Sudanese Prime Minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdok to discuss Sudan's transition to democracy and the status of U.S.-Sudan relations. "I was glad to welcome Prime Minister Hamdok to the historic Senate Foreign Relations room in the U.S. Capitol today to discuss Sudan's ongoing transition to democracy and reaffirm the United States' strong support for the Sudanese people,… Continue Reading


December 04, 2019

Risch Statement on House Passage of Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act (S.178) yesterday: "China's illegal detainment of at least a million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in prison camps is atrocious and inexcusable," said Risch. "The Chinese Communist Party must be held accountable for severe abuses of human rights in Xinjiang. I… Continue Reading


December 04, 2019

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Oversight Hearing on the Millennium Challenge Corporation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full committee oversight hearing on the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), with witness testimony from the Honorable Sean Cairncross, chief executive officer of the MCC. Chairman Risch gave the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery: "Fifteen years ago, Congress, the administration, and advocates for effective foreign aid united behind a simple concept: It is in … Continue Reading


December 03, 2019

U.S. Moves North Macedonia’s NATO Bid Forward

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement regarding President Trump depositing the U.S. instrument of ratification for North Macedonia's accession to NATO: "I am glad that President Trump has taken action and the U.S. has now done its part to move North Macedonia's NATO membership forward, and I encourage the few remaining NATO members to take immediate action. North Macedonia's accession to NATO is long ov… Continue Reading


December 03, 2019

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on Future of U.S. Policy towards Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full committee hearing on the future of U.S. policy towards Russia, with witness testimony from the Honorable David Hale, undersecretary of state for political affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and the Honorable Christopher A. Ford, assistant secretary for international security and nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of State. Chairman Risch gave the following opening sta… Continue Reading


December 03, 2019

Chairman Risch Applauds Senate Passage of Global Fund Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded Senate passage of S.Res.318, a bipartisan resolution offered by himself and Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) to support the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The resolution passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this year on September 26, 2019. "It is notable that just one day after World AIDS Day on December 1 st, the U.S. Senate came … Continue Reading


November 27, 2019

Risch, Rubio, Cardin, Menendez Applaud Signing of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into Law

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statements after President Trump signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (S.1838) into law. The Senate unanimously passed the bill on Nov. 19, with the House following on Nov. 20 by a vote of 417 to 1, sending the bill directly to the president's… Continue Reading


November 25, 2019

SFRC Chairman Risch Speaks at Halifax International Security Forum

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, participated in a moderated discussion at the Halifax International Security Forum over the weekend where he focused on China's growing economic and political influence across the globe and the need for the United States and its allies to work together to develop a cohesive strategy to compete with China. Risch began by raising the issue of intellectual property theft as a significant problem with … Continue Reading


November 22, 2019

Risch, Menendez, Inhofe, Reed Welcome Republic of Korea’s Decision Not to Withdraw from GSOMIA

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today welcomed the government of the Republic of Korea's decision not to withdraw from the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), an agreement between the Republic of Korea and Japan which i… Continue Reading


November 22, 2019

Risch Meets With Central Tibetan Administration President Dr. Lobsang Sangay

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met with Central Tibetan Administration President Dr. Lobsang Sangay on Wednesday to discuss human rights violations the Chinese Communist Party inflicts on the people of Tibet. "I am grateful for President Sangay's visit to the U.S. Senate this week," said Risch. "The people of Tibet are subjected to a wide range of human rights violations by the Chinese Communist Party, including forced disappea… Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Risch, Menendez, Inhofe, Reed Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution Reaffirming Importance of GSOMIA Ahead of Saturday Deadline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today applauded Senate passage of their resolution reaffirming the importance of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) between the Republic of Korea and Japan to U.S. and allied security interests… Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Risch, Menendez, Inhofe, Reed Reaffirm Importance of General Security of Military Information Agreement between the Republic of Korea and Japan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced a resolution today reaffirming the importance of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) between the Republic of Korea and Japan to U.S. and allied security interests in the Indo-Pacific.… Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Chairman Risch Applauds Committee Approval of 15 Nominees, Foreign Service Officer Promotions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a business meeting during which members approved 15 nominees and a number of Foreign Service Officer promotions. "I am very pleased to see John Sullivan's nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Russia advance to the full Senate today," said Risch. "As we face a resurgent Russia that seeks to undermine the global order and regain the prestige it held during the height of the Soviet Unio… Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Risch, Rubio, Cardin, Menendez Praise House Passage of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised House passage of their Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (S. 1838) today, sending the bill directly to President Trump's desk for signature. The amended bipartisan bill unanimously passed the Senate last night. "I'm glad to see the U.S. House join the Senate in sup… Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing for Stephen E. Biegun to be Deputy Secretary of State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a nomination hearing for Stephen E. Biegun to be deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of State. Chairman Risch gave the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery: "Today we will consider the nomination of Mr. Stephen Biegun to be deputy secretary of State. Mr. Biegun has a long history of service, with roots here in this very committee. We thank him for the good work… Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

Risch, Rubio, Cardin, Menendez Praise Senate Passage of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised Senate passage of their Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (S. 1838) today. The amended bipartisan bill was unanimously reported by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in September. "The U.S. Senate took a stand today in support of the Hong Kong people," said … Continue Reading

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