Chairman's Press

June 03, 2019

Risch Statement on the Violent Eradication of Khartoum Protest Camp By Sudanese Security Forces

Washington, D.C. - U.S Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement after reports today that security forces violently attacked a peaceful protest camp in front of the Sudan's military headquarters in Khartoum: "The violent eradication of the peaceful sit-in site in Khartoum by Sudanese security forces demonstrates the ruling military council's lack of commitment to a peaceful transfer of authority to a civilian-led government, a… Continue Reading


May 24, 2019

Risch and Menendez Welcome President of Marshall Islands to U.S. Capitol

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez, (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met this week with President Hilda Heine of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. "It was an honor to meet with President Heine and discuss the long history of close cooperation between the United States and the Marshall Islands," said Sen. Risch. "It is in the interest of the United States to further strengthen our ties with Pacific Island nation… Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Risch Commends Passage of Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, Among Others, in Productive Business Meeting

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a committee business meeting during which members approved 10 pieces of legislation and five nominations. "The committee had a productive business meeting today during which we moved forward a number of important pieces of legislation and State Department nominees," said Risch. "I am particularly glad that members of the committee supported the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Ac… Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Risch Expresses Concern for Escalated Violence and Worsening Humanitarian Situation in Idlib

Washington, D.C. - U.S Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding reports of escalated violence in Northwestern Syria: "I am deeply concerned by the escalation of violence that has occurred in northwestern Syria in recent weeks. Indiscriminate shelling by the Russian Air Force and troops loyal to the Assad regime, particularly in the provinces of Idlib and Hama, have left hundreds dead and displaced thousands mor… Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Risch Meets with Hong Kong Civil Society Leaders, Expresses Support for Autonomy of Hong Kong

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met earlier this week with a delegation of civil society leaders from Hong Kong led by Martin Lee, former member of Hong Kong's Legislative Council and a long-time advocate for freedom and democracy in Hong Kong. He made the following statement in response to issues discussed: "I greatly enjoyed meeting with Martin Lee and his colleagues, and admire their efforts to promote freedom, democracy,… Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Risch Applauds Bulatao Confirmation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded the Senate's confirmation of Brian Bulatao to be Under Secretary of State for Management. Bulatao was confirmed by a vote of 92-5. "Since day one of my chairmanship, I have been working to move nominations that have been stalled in committee, and Brian Bulatao's nomination is just one example of a nomination that has sat for far too long," said Risch. "I am pleased to see Mr. B… Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on Future of Arms Control Post-INF Treaty

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a hearing on "The Future of Arms Control Post-Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty," with testimony from Andrea L. Thompson, under secretary for arms control and international security at the Department of State, and David J. Trachtenberg, deputy under secretary for policy at the Department of State. Chairman Risch gave the following opening statement, as prepared for delive… Continue Reading


May 14, 2019

Risch Statement on Violent Attacks by Security Forces in Khartoum

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement about attacks carried out by elements of Sudan's security forces: "I condemn in the strongest terms the use of violence, specifically the firing of live ammunition, against unarmed Sudanese protesters on Monday, as they were peacefully demonstrating to establish a civilian-led authority in their country," said Sen. Risch. "Once again, I call on Sudan's military coun… Continue Reading


May 14, 2019

Bipartisan Foreign Relations Committee Senators’ Statement on Election Results in South Africa

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators and Foreign Relations Committee members Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) released the following statement after this week's elections in South Africa. "As members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, we commend South Africa's citizens, political parties, and Electoral Commission for together ensuring a successful national election," the… Continue Reading


May 10, 2019

Risch, Menendez, Rubio, Shaheen, Express Concern for Democratic Erosion in Hungary, Ask Trump To Raise Issues with Orban

Washington, D.C. - Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), senior members of the committee, today sent a letter to President Trump to express their concern over Hungary's downward democratic trajectory and the implications for U.S. interests in Central Europe. President Trump is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Viktor … Continue Reading


May 10, 2019

Bipartisan Group of Senators Send Letter Warning Against Chinese Interference in Religious Freedom

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined with committee members Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), this week to send a letter to the Honorable Sam Brownback, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Fr… Continue Reading


May 08, 2019

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Hearing to Review the FY 2020 USAID Budget Request

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a hearing to review the FY 2020 USAID Budget Request, with testimony from USAID Administrator Mark Green. Chairman Risch gave the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery: "This hearing will come to order. Today we will review the Administration's Fiscal Year 2020 budget request for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the lead development agency charged … Continue Reading


May 08, 2019

Risch Statement on Iran's Pullback from Nuclear Deal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement in response to the Iran regime's announcement today that they will halt compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Deal: "Iran's announcement today is a sign of desperation and a clear signal that maximum pressure is achieving our desired effects," said Risch. "However, as with any international agreement, the regime's comments on p… Continue Reading


May 03, 2019

Risch, Menendez, Romney, Murphy Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Attacks in Sri Lanka

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) have introduced a resolution condemning the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, offering sincere condolences to the victims, to their families and friends, and to the people and nation of Sri Lanka, and expressing solidarity and support for Sri Lanka. "I join my colleagues in expressing our deepest sympathies to the people and nation of Sri Lanka, and all the fami… Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

Senators Menendez, Risch, Markey, and Gardner Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Calling for a Stronger U.S.-Japan Alliance

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, were joined today by Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) in introducing a Senate resolution reaffirming the importance of a close partnership between the United States and Japan. In recognition of the coronation of the new Emperor and the beginning of a new era in Japan, the resolution marks seventy years of the U.S.-Japanese alliance, an… Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

Chairman Risch Commends Committee Passage Of Nine Nominees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a business meeting at which the committee approved nine nominees. "I am glad to see nine of the president's nominees advance through our committee today," said Risch. "All of these nominees have important roles to fill, and I am especially pleased that we were able to move Brian Bulatao for under secretary of State for management and David Schenker for assistant secretary of St… Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Chairman Risch Discusses Venezuela, Advises Maduro to “Find an Exit Ramp” on Bloomberg TV

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today appeared on Bloomberg TV's "Balance of Power" to discuss the ongoing situation in Venezuela in addition to news that the administration plans to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization, the impact of U.S. sanctions on Iran, and his work as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. On Maduro: "Maduro made a horrible mistake for his own personal safety yesterday. … Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on the Humanitarian Impact of Eight Years of War in Syria

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a hearing on "The Humanitarian Impact of Eight Years of War in Syria," with testimony from witnesses Ben Stiller, Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, The United Nations Refugee Agency, and David Miliband, President and CEO of International Rescue Committee. Chairman Risch gave the following opening statement: "Before we get to the reason we are here today, I would like to first take a… Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

Risch Applauds Cooper Confirmation Despite Long Delay

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded Senate confirmation of R. Clarke Cooper to be Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs. Cooper was confirmed by a vote of 90-8. "Mr. Cooper is preeminently qualified for the job of Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, and I am glad to see him confirmed today by such a wide margin," said Risch. "We received Mr. Cooper's nomination almost … Continue Reading


April 22, 2019

Risch Commends Administration Action on Iranian Oil Exports

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement in support of today's announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the U.S. will no longer grant sanctions waivers to nations that import Iranian oil: "I welcome the administration's announcement that the United States will no longer entertain exemptions for countries importing Iranian oil. The Iranian regime remains a leading state sponsor of terrorism and is … Continue Reading

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