Chairman's Press

September 11, 2020

Risch: Normalization of Relations between Israel and Bahrain is Another Historic Breakthrough

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the announcement of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain: "Today's agreement between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain to establish full diplomatic relations marks another historic breakthrough, and is something I've been directly involved in encouraging. As these agreements demonstrate, former opponents and rivals have increasi… Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

Risch, Cardin Lead Colleagues in Condemning Violence in Anglophone Cameroon

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues, along with Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), J… Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

Risch, Menendez Joint Statement on Belarus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on ongoing violence and unrest in Belarus following the presidential election earlier this month: "It has been nearly three weeks since President Alexander Lukashenka stole another presidential election, and our admiration for the Belarusian people continues to grow. Belarusians have shown the world that they will… Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

Chairman Risch: Taiwan Imports of U.S. Ag Products is Important Step in the U.S.-Taiwan Relationship

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement regarding today's announcement that the government of Taiwan is lifting restrictions on imports of beef and pork from the United States: "Taiwan is an important friend and partner of the United States, and a model for democracy in the Indo-Pacific. Opening up additional trade and economic avenues with Taiwan, which is already the number two trading partner of my home… Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Chairman Risch: U.S. Response to PRC Aggression in SCS is Right Move

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on recent Trump Administration actions to impose visa restrictions on individuals involved in the People's Republic of China's (PRC) illegal activities in the South China Sea and to add PRC companies that support these activities to the Department of Commerce's Entities List: "The Trump Administration is right to impose visa restrictions on individuals invo… Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Risch, Menendez, Engel, McCaul Statement on Third Anniversary of Rohingya Genocide

BOISE, Idaho - 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 Representatives Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today released the following statement on the third anniversary of the Burmese military's violent crackdown on Rohingya: "Three years after the Burmese security forces' genocide against the Rohingya, around… Continue Reading


August 24, 2020

Risch, Menendez, Inhofe, Reed Send Message of Support to Philippines in Wake of Bombings on Jolo Island

BOISE, Idaho - 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 Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after two explosions on Jolo Island, Philippines resulted in multiple Philippine military and civilian casualties: "We extend our sincere condolences and a strong message of suppor… Continue Reading


August 20, 2020

Chairman Risch: Snapback of Iran Sanctions Will Make World Safer

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding the president's announcement that the United States will ask the UN Security Council to restore all nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, triggering a "snapback" of sanctions related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA): "I concur with the Trump Administration's decision to initiate a 'snapback' of sanctions on Iran, something I have urg… Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

Risch, Menendez Letter to Iraqi PM Expresses Support for Continued Partnership

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to Prime Minister al-Kadhimi of Iraq ahead of his official visit to the United States later this week. The senators express their continued support for a robust partnership between the U.S. and Iraq, and their desire to deepen that relationship for the benefit of both U.S. and Iraqi security and prosperity. "We write to welcome you … Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Risch, Menendez Lead Colleagues in Encouraging Administration to Press for Structural Reform in DRC

BOISE, Idaho - 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 Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Chris Coons (D-Del.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), today sent a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo encouraging the administration to use this historic opportunity to help address str… Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Chairman Risch on U.S. Seizure of Iranian Fuel Delivery to Venezuela

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to the United States' seizure of an Iranian fuel shipment intended for the illegitimate Maduro regime in Venezuela, which would have allegedly benefitted Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization: "I commend the administration on today's action against Iranian attempts to violate U.S. sanctions and sup… Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Chairman Risch: Agreement Between Israel and UAE Has Potential to Dramatically Improve Relationships Across Middle East

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the announcement of the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after speaking with the White House and Jared Kushner: "I applaud the historic agreement to fully normalize diplomatic relations between Israel and the UAE. This agreement has the potential to dramatically improve relationships across the Middle East… Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Risch, Menendez Lead Bipartisan Senate Resolution in Solidarity with People of Lebanon Following Port of Beirut Blast

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today were joined by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in introducing a Senate resolution regarding the massive explosion in the Port of Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, 2020. The bipartisan resolution extends heartfelt condolences to the peop… Continue Reading


August 10, 2020

Chairman Risch: Belarusians Deserve a Fair Accounting of Presidential Election

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to the arrest of and violence against Belarusian protestors by military units and riot police after Alexander Lukashenka claimed to have won a landslide victory in Belarus' presidential election over the weekend: "Over the weekend, the people of Belarus attempted to participate in a democratic process, and expected their votes to be counted trut… Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Senators Commemorate Anniversary of 1998 Embassy Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chris Coons (D-Del.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), released a joint statement ahead of the 22nd anniversary of the bombings of the U.S. embassies … Continue Reading


August 05, 2020

Risch, Coons: Sanctioning Tagwirei Serves as Important Step Towards Curbing Corruption in Zimbabwe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chris Coons (D-Del.), member of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, today commended actions by the U.S. Department of the Treasury under the Zimbabwe Sanctions Program, particularly with respect to combating corruption by Zimbabwe's elites. "Today's action by the Department of the Treasury to hold accountable those who perpetrate public corruption, particularly among Zimbabwe… Continue Reading


August 04, 2020

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on Venezuela’s Deteriorating Security and Humanitarian Situation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full committee hearing on Venezuela's deteriorating security and humanitarian situation, with witness testimony from Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams and U.S. Agency for International Development Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean Joshua Hodges. Chairman Risch gave the following opening statement: "I would like to thank Sp… Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation to Provide Assistance, Support for Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today introduced the Ukraine Security Partnership Act to provide security assistance and strategic support to Ukraine. "The Russian Federation's disregard for international laws and commitments is no better demonstrated than by its illegal seizure of Crime… Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on FY 2021 State Department Budget Request

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full committee hearing on the FY 2021 State Department budget request, with witness testimony from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Chairman Risch gave the following opening statement: "Good morning, everyone. Today we have with us Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss the State Department's fiscal year 2021 budget request. Though if history is any judge, Secretary Pompeo, you… Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

Chairman Risch Applauds Committee Passage of 17 Nominees, Foreign Service Officer Promotions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today held a committee business meeting during which members approved 17 nominees and seven Foreign Service Officer (FSO) promotions lists. "Given the enormous number of nominees under the committee's jurisdiction, considering and processing nominations is a core responsibility of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and I am glad we were able to approve 17 nominees and a number of FSO promotio… Continue Reading

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