Ranking Member's Press

June 27, 2022

Risch Meets with Zelenskyy in Kyiv

KYIV, Ukraine - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this weekend met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv to discuss the ongoing Russian assault on Ukraine. Watch a video from Risch's meeting with Zelenskyy here. "It was an honor to meet with President Zelenskyy this weekend to discuss the ongoing Russian assault against Ukraine. I've been in many war zones, but I've never been to one where I've seen people rebuilding as… Continue Reading


June 24, 2022

Risch, Rubio, Colleagues Introduce Preventing Terrorist Transfers to Afghanistan Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), vice chairman and chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropria… Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Risch, Menendez, Colleagues Introduce Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2022

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today were joined by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in unveiling new legislation to reauthorize the Peace Corps for the first time in over two decades. The bipartisan Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2022 proposes to increase volunteers’ health care coverage, statutorily raise volunt… Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Starvation as a Weapon of War

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (R-Ore.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) in applauding unanimous committee passage of their bipartisan Senate resolution condemning the use of starvation and hunger as weapons of war was. "Conflict is a major driver of food insecurity, and warring factions in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen c… Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Risch, Menendez Applaud Committee Approval of Resolution Recognizing 75th Anniversary of Marshall Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the below statements following the committee’s approval of their resolution recognizing the Marshall Plan’s role in founding a transatlantic community committed to the preservation of peace, prosperity, and democracy. The bipartisan resolution, which reaffirms the United States’ policy to cooperate with transatlantic allies and partners and… Continue Reading


June 22, 2022

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on NATO Enlargement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today gave the following opening remarks at a full committee hearing on NATO Enlargement: Examining the Proposed Accession of Sweden and Finland. The committee heard witness testimony from The Honorable Karen Donfried, assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs, and The Honorable Celeste Wallander, assistant secretary of Defense for international security affairs.Ranking M… Continue Reading


June 22, 2022

Risch, Colleagues Publish SFRC Report on Biden Administration Policies Exacerbating Border Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, Rob Portman (R-Ohio), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) today published a report entitled "Biden's Border Cri… Continue Reading


June 16, 2022

Risch, Colleagues: Biden Must Correct Flawed and Incoherent Venezuela Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senators Rick Scott (R-Fla.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in sending a letter to President Biden urging him to protect U.S. national security interests and reinforce the democratic forces in Venezuela by immediately increasing U.S. and international pressure on the Ma… Continue Reading


June 15, 2022

Risch, Menendez, Meeks, McCaul Statement on Threatened Turkish Incursion into Northern Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with U.S. Representatives Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the below statement in reaction to the threatened Turkish incursion into Northern Syria:“We are extremely concerned about continued threats by Turkey to begin another military incursion into no… Continue Reading


June 14, 2022

Risch, Menendez Introduce Resolution Recognizing the 75th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined in introducing a resolution in recognition of the Marshall Plan’s role in founding a transatlantic community committed to the preservation of peace, prosperity, and democracy. In addition to reaffirming U.S. policy to cooperate with transatlantic allies and partners to advance shared values, the bipartisan resolution also congratulates the … Continue Reading


June 13, 2022

Bipartisan Group of Senators Reject Arbitrary Sentencing of Former Bolivian President

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement on the continued politicization of Bolivia's judiciary following the arbitrary sentencing of former Interim President Jeanine Áñez by a court in La Paz: "In 2019, the United States Senate unanimously passed our bipar… Continue Reading


June 09, 2022

Risch, Rubio, Colleagues Applaud Committee Passage of Bill to Reauthorize USCIRF

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) in applauding unanimous committee passage of their United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2022. The bill would reauthorize the independent, bipartisan United States Commission on International Religious Freedo… Continue Reading


June 09, 2022

SFRC Approves Stop Iranian Drones Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the below statements following the committee’s approval of H.R. 6089, the Stop Iranian Drones Act, with an amendment, which seeks to prevent Iran and any terrorist or militia groups aligned with Iran from being able to acquire lethal drones.This bipartisan legislation would amend the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (C… Continue Reading


June 09, 2022

Following Greek Prime Minister’s Address to Joint Meeting of Congress, SFRC Approves Resolution Celebrating Enduring United States-Greece Partnership

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the below statements following the committee’s approval of their bipartisan resolution welcoming His Excellency Kyriakos Mitsotakis, prime minister of Greece, to the United States for an address to a joint meeting of Congress. The resolution was originally introduced concurrently with Representatives Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCau… Continue Reading


June 09, 2022

Risch, Menendez Applaud SFRC Passage of their International Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the below statements following the committee’s passage of their International Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2022, comprehensive legislation to reauthorize and enhance critical programming, policy, and funding essential to the United States’ efforts to combat human trafficking around the world.Expanding upon… Continue Reading


June 09, 2022

Risch, Van Hollen, Rounds Applaud Committee Passage of Somaliland Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, today applauded committee passage of their Somaliland Partnership Act, legislation requiring the Department of State to report to Congress on engagement with Somaliland, and to conduct a feasibility study, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, regard… Continue Reading


June 09, 2022

Risch, Menendez, Colleagues Applaud Committee Passage of Resolution in Support of Finland, Sweden Joining NATO

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.), today applauded committee passage of their resolution ( S.Res.646) in support of Finland's and Sweden's accession to NATO. "The committee's unanimous passage of this resolution is a testament to the bipartisan support for Finland and Sweden joining NATO, and t… Continue Reading


June 08, 2022

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S.-Syria Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today gave the following opening remarks at a full committee hearing on the path forward on U.S.-Syria policy: strategy and accountability. The witnesses for panel one included: The Honorable Barbara Leaf, assistant secretary of State for Near Eastern affairs, and Ms. Dana Stroul, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for the Middle East.On panel two, the witnesses included: The Gravedigger, … Continue Reading


June 03, 2022

Risch: On Tiananmen Anniversary, Chinese Communist Party’s Global Malign Influence Requires Our Vigilance

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement in advance of the 33rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests and ensuing massacre in China, which occurred on June 4, 1989: "Thirty-three years ago, hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens gathered in Tiananmen Square to protest the Chinese Communist Party's iron grip, and to call for a free China. Instead of engaging with these citizens, CCP lea… Continue Reading


May 26, 2022

Risch, Durbin Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution Encouraging Biden Administration to Follow Through on U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) today applauded Senate passage of their resolution expressing support for a second U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit as an important opportunity to strengthen ties between the United States and African partners and build on areas of mutual interest. "We are nearly halfway through the year and have yet to get a final date for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summ… Continue Reading

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