Chairman's Press

January 14, 2020

Risch, Menendez Lead Colleagues in Bipartisan Letter to Administration in Support of Burma’s 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, were joined by Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ron Wyden (D-Wash.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Dan Sullivan (… Continue Reading


January 13, 2020

Risch, Menendez Encourage Administration to Seek Meaningful Electoral Reform in Nicaragua

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 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin expressing concern about the Ortega regime's blatant disregard for human rights and systematic dismantling of democratic institutions in Nicaragua, and to ask that specific actions be taken immediately to reverse this dangerous course. "We applaud the steps t… Continue Reading


January 10, 2020

Risch, Menendez, Rubio, Cardin Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution Concerning Irregularities in Bolivia’s General Elections

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.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, And Global Women's Issues, applauded this week's Senate passage of their resolution, S.Res.447, expressing concern about widespread irregularities in Bo… Continue Reading


January 10, 2020

Risch, Menendez, Engel, McCaul Seek Answers About World Bank Hiring Practices Concerning Employees from Taiwan

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 L. Engel (D-N.Y.) and Michael T. McCaul (R-Texas), chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, this week requested an explanation about the World Bank Group (WBG) telling employees with Taiwan passports that their employment was contingent upon obtaining People's Republic of China (PRC) passport… Continue Reading


January 08, 2020

Risch Applauds U.S. Efforts to Hold South Sudan's Leaders Accountable for Serious Human Rights Abuses, Obstruction of Peace Process

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Treasury's Department's decision to sanction South Sudan's first vice president, Taban Deng Gai, for his role in serious human rights abuses: "The United States has a long history as a friend of South Sudan, and wants nothing more than the world's youngest country to achieve lasting peace, democracy, and prosperity. The people of South… Continue Reading


January 08, 2020

Risch Meets with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of the Hellenic Republic on Wednesday to discuss the status of U.S.-Greek relations. "The US-Greek partnership is as strong as ever, and I was glad to welcome Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to the committee today," said Risch. "Our two nations have expanded our bilateral and regional military cooperation, and have signed a revised defense cooperation… Continue Reading


January 08, 2020

Chairman Risch Statement on U.S. Response to Iranian Missile Strikes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement regarding last night's Iranian missile strikes aimed at U.S.-Iraqi bases in Iraq: "I hope the Iranian regime has learned a lesson. Today, the president laid out in clear terms the policies the United States has been pursuing and will continue to pursue against Iran's unacceptable conduct on all fronts, from its attempts to acquire a nuclear weapon to its state sponsors… Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

Risch, Rubio, Cardin, Cruz, Kaine Welcome Swearing-In of Juan Guaidó as President of the National Assembly

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), today issued the following joint statement in support of Juan Guaidó's reelection as president of the Venezuelan National Assembly and as interim president of Venezuela: "This week, the international community once again witnessed the criminality of dictator Nicolás Maduro's regime and the lengths… Continue Reading


January 02, 2020

Chairman Risch Statement on Death of Qassem Suleimani

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement regarding the death of Qassem Suleimani: "Congratulations to President Trump on his decisive action and the successful outcome. Qassem Suleimani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and his death presents an opportunity for Iraq to determine its own future free from Iranian control. As I have previously warned the Iranian government, they should not mistake … Continue Reading


December 30, 2019

Chairman Risch Highlights Foreign Relations Committee Accomplishments for 2019

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today highlighted significant accomplishments of the committee from his first year as chairman. "I am proud that in my first year as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee we have been able to accomplish so much," said Risch. "In addition to reporting out 67 nominees who were confirmed by the full Senate to positions at the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and other agencies, the com… Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Risch Holds Committee Business Meeting on Russia Sanctions Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today held a committee business meeting to markup S.482, the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2019 (DASKAA). "I commend my colleagues' good faith efforts to hold Russia accountable and I agree with them that we must continue to find ways to do this, but this piece of legislation, as drafted, is rife with unintended consequences," said Risch. "The list of Putin's offenses … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Chairman Risch Touts Victories in Passage of NDAA Including Nord Stream 2 Sanctions, Caesar Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded the inclusion of several committee-related provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA), which passed by a vote of 86-8. "I applaud the overwhelmingly bipartisan passage of the NDAA for fiscal year 2020 today," said Risch. "In addition to fulfilling our obligations to the U.S. military, this year's NDAA also includes a number of important provisi… Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

Chairman Risch Recognizes SFRC Fall Interns

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today recognized the committee's six fall interns as they conclude their time in the Senate. "Committee internships provide students and recent graduates the opportunity to have a front-row seat as we handle major global issues," said Risch. "From the threat of communist China, to growing instability in Turkey and Syria, this semester's interns have been able to participate in U.S. foreign policy … Continue Reading


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

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