Chairman's Press

April 27, 2020

Chairman Risch Statement on Iran’s Launch of a Military Satellite

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to last week's launch of a military satellite by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC): "The Iranian regime continues to prioritize its malign activity over the needs of the Iranian people. In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak and the regime's pursuit of sanctions relief, Tehran has increased the IRGC budget and diverted limited resou… Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Chairman Risch Leads SFRC Republicans in Letter to UN Secretary General Requesting an Independent Review of WHO’s COVID-19 Response

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and David Perdue (R-Ga.), yesterday sent a letter to United Nations (UN) Secretary General António Guterres requesting that the UN convene an independe… Continue Reading


April 19, 2020

Risch Leads Bipartisan Group of Senators in Condemning Arrests of Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Leaders

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, and 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 Iss… Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

ICYMI: Risch, McCaul: Facing Unprecedented Challenge, State Department Brings 61,000 Americans Home

As seen in The Hill: By: U.S. Senator Jim Risch and U.S. Congressman Michael McCaul - April 17, 2020 Every year, an estimated 83 million Americans travel to a foreign country. Whether their travel is for work, pleasure, or a mission to help vulnerable people, they rarely have reason to feel uncertain about their return home. However, as the coronavirus pandemic began to sweep across the world, many Americans suddenly found themselves trapped abroad as governments around the globe placed immed… Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Risch, Menendez, Durbin Mark 80th Anniversary of the Katyn Massacre with Senate Resolution

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and co-chair of the U.S. Senate Poland Caucus, Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), today announced a Senate resolution commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Katyn Massacre. Eighty years after 22,000 Polish soldiers and civilians were executed by Soviet forces, the bipartisan resolution honors their lives and legacy, and re… Continue Reading


April 11, 2020

Chairman Risch Statement on Anniversary of Removal of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the first anniversary of the removal of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir from power and the country's ongoing transition: "One year ago today, the removal of President Omar al-Bashir from power signified a crucial milestone for the Sudanese people as they sought to reclaim their country from a ruthless military regime. Sudan has undergone tremendous cha… Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Risch, Menendez, Gardner, Markey Comment on Chinese Coast Guard’s Sinking of a Vietnamese Fishing Boat, Deployment of Military Aircraft in South China Sea

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 Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, today released the following statements in response to reports of the Chinese Coast Guard sinking a Vietnamese fishing boat near the Paracel Islands and the deployment of… Continue Reading


April 07, 2020

Chairman Risch Calls for Independent Investigation into WHO’s Handling of COVID-19 Response

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called for an independent investigation into the World Health Organization's (WHO) handling of the COVID-19 response. "The WHO has failed not only the American people, it has failed the world with its flagrant mishandling of the response to COVID-19," said Risch. "Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus' apparent unwillingness to hold the Chinese Communist Party to even the minimum standard of glob… Continue Reading


March 30, 2020

Risch Warns Hungary Against Use of Crisis to Weaken Democracy

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding reports that Prime Minister Victor Orbán of Hungary is using the coronavirus pandemic to pursue greater executive powers: "I am very concerned by today's news that Hungary will be indefinitely ruled by executive fiat. The Hungarian Parliament, controlled entirely by Prime Minister Orbán's Fidesz party, has granted Orbán's requ… Continue Reading


March 26, 2020

Chairman Risch Statement on DOJ Indictment of Nicolás Maduro

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment against Nicolás Maduro and members of his inner circle on narco-terrorism charges: "I commend the administration for maintaining steady pressure on Nicolás Maduro and his corrupt regime in Venezuela. Maduro's well-documented involvement in transnational criminal activities is a security th… Continue Reading


March 25, 2020

Chairman Risch Statement on Bob Levinson

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the apparent passing of Bob Levinson, an American citizen who was held hostage by the Iranian regime for 13 years. Mr. Levinson went missing in 2007 and was the United States' longest held hostage. "I am incredibly saddened by recent reports from the Levinson family that Bob Levinson passed on while in Iranian custody," said Risch. "This is further eviden… Continue Reading


March 25, 2020

Chairman Risch Speaks with Ambassador de Zela Regarding Evacuation of Americans in Peru

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke with Peruvian Ambassador to the United States Hugo de Zela regarding the evacuation of Americans in Peru during the coronavirus pandemic. "I was glad to speak with Ambassador de Zela this afternoon to discuss the need for our countries to continue collaborating to execute a more consistent evacuation plan for our people," said Risch. "There are nearly 5,000 Americans in Peru, including… Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

Risch Statement on Senate Confirmation of Alma Golden to be USAID Assistant Administrator for Global Health

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Alma L. Golden as the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) assistant administrator for global health: "As we fight this global Coronavirus pandemic, we need knowledgeable and experienced public health professionals at the helm of our public health institutions. I'm pleased the Senate confirmed Dr. Al… Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

Chairman Risch Statement on Re-election of Luis Almagro as OAS Secretary General

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to Luis Almagro's re-election as secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS): "I would like to congratulate Luis Almagro for his re-election today as secretary general of the OAS. Mr. Almagro has made significant progress in the last five years to build consensus among member countries of the OAS, and to keep the organization de… Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Risch Condemns CCP’s Decision to Expel U.S. Journalists Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding the Chinese Foreign Ministry's announcement of the expulsion of U.S. journalists from China: "The Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) decision to expel from China all U.S. journalists from three major press outlets is appalling. This is an unreasonable response to the recent actions taken by the U.S. State Department to increase the transparency of Chin… Continue Reading


March 16, 2020

Risch, Barrasso, Rubio, Gardner Call on CCP to Stop Coronavirus Disinformation Campaign, Work with International Community to Constrain Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, today released the following statement in response to recent Chinese Communist Party (CCP) disinformation regarding the origins of COVID-19, a coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China: "Our top priority is to protect the Ameri… Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Risch Statement on Suspension of Travel Between the U.S. and Europe Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to the administration's announcement of a suspension of travel between the United States and Europe during the coronavirus pandemic: "This pandemic health threat respects no borders, and so we must all do what we can to protect our most vulnerable citizens. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I will continue my work and the work… Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Chairman Risch Statement on State Department's 2019 Human Rights Report

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to the annual human rights report released by the Department of State today: "The State Department's release of the 2019 human rights report reminds us that as Americans, we are incredibly blessed to be born with undeniable rights that allow us to live freely. Unfortunately, this report shows us that there is no shortage of countries that co… Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on Assad’s Campaign against the Syrian People

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full committee hearing on the war in Syria, with witness testimony from Caesar, a Syrian military defector for whom the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act was named after, Mr. Omar Alshogre, a former Syrian prisoner and current director of detainee issues at the Syrian Emergency Task Force, and Mr. Raed Al Saleh, the head of the Syria Civil Defense (White Helmets): Chairman Risc… Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Risch, Coons Applaud Updating of Zimbabwe Sanctions List, Urge More Names to be Added

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 applauded the decision by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to update the list of sanctioned individuals for Zimbabwe following their January letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting an update. "We are pleased to see the Departments of Treasury a… Continue Reading

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