Ranking Member's Press

January 21, 2022

Ranking Member Risch Welcomes Foreign Relations Committee Spring 2022 Interns

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently welcomed six new committee interns for the spring term. “On behalf of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee minority, I’m happy to welcome a new group of ambitious interns for our spring term,” said Risch. “Today, Congress is facing an array of complex issues at home and abroad. These students will have the opportunity to experience how U.S. foreign policy shapes, mitigates, and tr… Continue Reading


January 19, 2022

Risch on North Korea’s Recent Missile Tests

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on North Korea’s recent missile tests:“Having already fielded intercontinental ballistic missiles to threaten the United States, North Korea is now refining tactical capabilities to fight and win a war through the use of nuclear weapons. These tests represent key milestones in North Korea’s developing ability to coerce U.S. allies, prevent the United States … Continue Reading


January 19, 2022

Risch: It’s Past Time to Worry about Upsetting Putin or Not

\WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today co-led a press conference on Ukraine with Republican members of the Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Armed Services Committees. The members discussed ongoing tensions in Eastern Europe as Russia maintains at least 100,000 troops at the Ukrainian border. "The first thing, and I want to underscore this for people who are listening around the world - this country, our Congress, and … Continue Reading


January 18, 2022

Risch, Cornyn, Leahy, Menendez Call on Biden Administration to Keep Fighting For Austin Tice

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), sent a letter to President Joe Biden encouraging his administration to continue pushing for the safe release of Austin Tice, a Houston native, Marine veteran, and journalist who has been held captive in Syria for nearly a decade.They wrote: “We are writing to express our appreciation to you and your Administration’s commitment to bring Mr. Austin Tice back home. This pa… Continue Reading


January 13, 2022

Risch on Senate’s Failure to Pass NS2 Sanctions: We Have Emboldened Putin, Ignored Our Friends in Eastern Europe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the Senate’s failure to pass S.3436, Protecting Europe's Energy Security Implementation Act.“The vote today showed a bipartisan majority is still in support of shutting down Nord Stream 2 (NS). Those Democrats’ decision to vote against our NS2 sanctions bill, a bill most of them previously supported and which would take immediate and decisive action t… Continue Reading


January 12, 2022

Risch, Inhofe, McCaul, Rogers Urge Administration to Strongly Push Back on Russian Aggression and Increase Deterrence in Europe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Representatives Michael McCaul (R-Texas), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, released a statement following talks between NATO and Russia on the situation in Ukraine:“So far, the Biden Administration’s st… Continue Reading


January 12, 2022

Ahead of 11th Anniversary of Tunisian Revolution, Risch, Menendez, Meeks, McCaul Urge Biden Administration to Assess President Saïed’s Anti-Democratic Trajectory, Ensure Meaningful Reforms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, were joined by U.S. Representatives Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in writing to Secretary of State Antony Blinken to express their concerns regarding recent developments in Tunisia that threaten the country’s democracy. While applauding Tunisians’ achievements sin… Continue Reading


January 12, 2022

Risch Votes “No” on Gutmann, Cites Growing Chinese Malign Influence in Higher Ed

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 business meeting.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman.“I concur in your remarks about filling these vacancies. It’s important. I’m glad we’ve been able to move as rapidly in this administration as we have—certainly more so than we did in the last administration. Nonetheless, it is bipar… Continue Reading


January 12, 2022

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing

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 nomination hearing for Ms. Sarah H. Cleveland, nominee to be legal adviser of the Department of State, Mr. James C. O'Brien, nominee to be head of the office of sanctions coordination, Mr. George J. Tsunis, nominee to be ambassador to Greece, and Dr. Beth Van Schaack, nominee to be ambassador at large for global criminal justice.Ran… Continue Reading


January 11, 2022

Risch, Menendez, McCaul, Meeks Raise Concerns Over U.S. Policy in 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, and U.S. Representatives Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), ranking member and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to President Biden requesting a restoration of U.S. leadership on the crisis in Syria. The leaders asked the president to refuse reintegrating the Assad regime into the international commun… Continue Reading


January 11, 2022

Risch on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the event of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day:“Human trafficking is a scourge that exploits the most vulnerable men, women, and children of any race or nationality. Today, on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and during Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Congress remains committed to ending human trafficking and supplying the appropria… Continue Reading


January 10, 2022

Risch on Biden Call with PM Abiy: What Matters is What Happens Next

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on President Biden’s first call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed:“Given the devastation caused by Ethiopia's war and its impact on the vital U.S.-Ethiopia bilateral relationship, today’s call between President Biden and Prime Minister Abiy is long-overdue but welcome.“The Ethiopian government's recent release of several political prisoners and th… Continue Reading


January 03, 2022

Risch: Hamdok’s Resignation Completes Sudan’s Oct. 25 Coup

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the resignation of Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and the continued state-sponsored violence against protesters in Sudan: "This weekend's resignation of Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok completes the October 25 military coup. Hamdok's "return" to the job in late November, after the military junta allowed it, forestalled the inevitable: the … Continue Reading


January 03, 2022

Risch, Portman, Grassley, Shelby, Inhofe & Capito Request Biden Administration Provide Overdue Report on Composition & Vetting of Afghan Evacuees

WASHINGTON - On December 22, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rob Portman (R-Ohio), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Shelley Moore Capito, ranking member o… Continue Reading


December 21, 2021

Risch: We Must Take Action on China, Global Health, Russia, South Sudan

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today highlighted his major foreign policy achievements and priorities from the first session of the 117 th Congress.China “China must be our top foreign policy priority. My China bill from last Congress served as the base to craft comprehensive, bipartisan, and actionable China legislation earlier this year so the United States is able to compete with China in the years and decades ahead. … Continue Reading


December 18, 2021

Risch: Russia’s “Draft Security Treaty” for U.S. and NATO is Pretext to War

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on Russia's "draft security treaty" for the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): "The Russian government's publication of "proposals" for the United States and NATO is an insult to diplomacy and seeks to extort us into ending a crisis Russia itself created. These are not security agreements, but a list of concessions the Un… Continue Reading


December 17, 2021

Risch, Shaheen on Polish Parliament’s Approval of Dangerous Media Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), chair of the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, today released the following statement on Polish lawmakers’ decision to approve legislation that targets free media and jeopardizes U.S. investments:“We are gravely concerned with the Polish parliament’s approval of legislation banning foreign ownership of media companies under the guise of st… Continue Reading


December 16, 2021

Risch, Menendez Statement on Continued Violence in Sudan

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 following statement on the continued violence by Sudanese security forces against Sudanese citizens and the need for a comprehensive approach to post-coup Sudan:“We strongly condemn the violence carried out by security forces against those protesting the October 25 coup that resulted in the loss of more than 40 lives. Responsibility for … Continue Reading


December 16, 2021

SFRC Ranking Member and Chair Introduce the Stop Iranian Drones Act of 2021

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent Iran and any terrorist or militia groups aligned with Iran from being able to acquire lethal drones.As the United States government intensifies efforts to stop Tehran’s flourishing lethal unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program, the Stop Iranian Drones Act of 2021 seeks to amend the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanction… Continue Reading


December 16, 2021

Risch Welcomes Senate Passage of Uyghur Forced Labor Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded Senate passage of H.R.6256, to ensure goods made with Uyghur forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region do not enter the United States. Earlier this year, the State Department issued a determination that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is committing crimes against humanity and genocide against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang. Risch was an or… Continue Reading

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