Chairman's Press

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


November 19, 2019

Bipartisan Leaders of Key Senate Committees Urge New National Security Adviser to Appoint 5G Coordinator

WASHINGTON - Today, the bipartisan leadership of several key Senate committees urged President Trump's national security adviser to designate a senior coordinator dedicated to leading the nation's effort to develop and deploy next-generation communications technologies. In a letter to Robert O'Brien, who was appointed as national security adviser in September, the top Republican and Democratic senators on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental … Continue Reading


November 15, 2019

Risch: If Erdogan Keeps the S-400, Turkey Sanctions Bill Will Move

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, earlier this week was asked by President Donald Trump to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of Turkey, during his visit at the White House. Risch remains resolute in his position that Turkey cannot retain S-400 air defense systems and at the same time obtain F-35 aircraft. Risch made the following statement following reports that Erdogan has returned to Turkey and contends that he will kee… Continue Reading


November 14, 2019

Risch Meets with Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty President and CEO Jamie Fly

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met with Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty's (RFE/RL) President and CEO Jamie Fly yesterday to discuss RFE/RL's efforts to provide honest and accurate local news in places where the free press is under attack and journalism can be dangerous for those who seek to hold their governments accountable. "Organizations such as Radio Free Europe are on the frontlines, standing up for freedom of the press acr… Continue Reading


November 14, 2019

Risch, Rubio Move Senate to Consider Hong Kong Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-FL) initiated a process for the Senate to quickly pass their Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (S. 1838). The process, known as the hotline, allows for Senate business to be conducted by unanimous consent. The amended bipartisan bill was passed unanimously by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in September. "The world needs to see that the United States will stand up an… Continue Reading


November 13, 2019

Risch Hosts NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg for Working Coffee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today hosted a full committee working coffee with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to discuss the future of the NATO alliance and the threat of China as a global competitor. "I was glad to welcome my friend Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of NATO, to meet with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today," said Risch. "NATO is and will continue to be the most successful political-military … Continue Reading


November 12, 2019

Risch: U.S. and Europe Must Compete with China

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke today at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on China's growing malign economic and political influence in the U.S., Europe, and across the globe, and the need for a cohesive transatlantic strategy and policy response. "The United States and Europe share a vital interest in addressing the challenges posed by China. We both recognize China is no longer a developing country.… Continue Reading


November 08, 2019

Risch Recognizes 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Celebrates Promotion of Democracy Across the World

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today recognized the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of both Germany and Europe, and the end of communism in Europe. "The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 was a significant victory for democracy across the world," said Risch. "The crumbling of the Iron Curtain was the catalyst that made independence possible for many Eastern European countries and led to the end… Continue Reading


November 01, 2019

Senator Risch Shares Views on International Development at International Advocacy Lunch

Boise, Idaho -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on Friday at a foreign affairs lunch at the Idaho History Museum in Boise, Idaho, about the United States' role as a global leader and the challenges associated with providing foreign assistance to developing nations. "I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to speak with Idahoans who are passionate about responding to the needs of people both here at home, and across the globe," said Risch… Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

Risch Meets with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas of Estonia

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met today with Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas to discuss the strong partnership between the U.S. and Estonia, actions to strengthen NATO, and a mutual pledge to only use trustworthy technology suppliers in their respective communications networks. "I was glad to have Prime Minister Jüri Ratas join me in the U.S. Capitol today to discuss our bilateral efforts to counter Russian ma… Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing for the Honorable John Sullivan to be U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a nomination hearing for the Honorable John Sullivan to be the U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation. Chairman Risch gave the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery: "Today we will consider the nomination of the Honorable John Sullivan to be the United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation. We welcome you back to the committee, and thank you for your wi… Continue Reading


October 29, 2019

Risch, Rubio Meet with Venezuelan Delegation

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues, today met with Venezuelan Commissioner for Foreign Relations Julio Borges, Venezuelan Ambassador to the U.S. Carlos Vecchio, UN Ambassador Miguel Pizarro, and Ad hoc Director Alejandro Grisanti, to discuss con… Continue Reading


October 29, 2019

Risch Discusses the Fight Against ISIS with Fox News’ Sandra Smith

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke with Sandra Smith on Fox News about the impact of the U.S.-led military raid against ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the successful termination of his second in command. "America's memory is long and our reach is even longer. [ISIS'] road is going to end with either death or capture, and it's most likely death," said Risch. "We're all committed to… keeping our foot on t… Continue Reading

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