Ranking Member's Press

May 19, 2022

Risch, Cantwell Encourage POTUS to Pursue Stronger Indo-Pacific Strategy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, today sent a letter to President Biden requesting he pursue a more robust economic and trade agenda in the Indo-Pacific ahead of his visit to Asia.“We write to urge you to pursue a more robust economic and trade agenda in the Indo-Pacific,” the senators wrote. “As you head to the region, your … Continue Reading


May 19, 2022

Risch, Menendez, Shaheen, Johnson Introduce Senate Resolution Commending Moldova’s Leadership in Supporting Ukrainian Refugees

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 Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) in introducing a Senate resolution commending Moldova for its extraordinary efforts in supporting Ukrainian refugees fleeing Putin’s illegal war against Ukraine and expressing support for Moldova’s sovereignty and ongoing reforms. In addition to encouraging Moldova’s continua… Continue Reading


May 18, 2022

Risch Applauds Committee Passage of Resolutions on U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, Kara-Murza, ANZUS Anniversary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded committee passage of three resolutions:On the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit resolution:“The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit is an opportunity for America to connect Africa’s leaders with the best of what American business, academia, civil society, and African diaspora living in the United States can offer,” said Risch. “I introduced this resolution to send a bipartisan message of supp… Continue Reading


May 18, 2022

Risch, Menendez Lead 50 Colleagues in Letter to POTUS Championing Taiwan’s Inclusion in Proposed Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF)

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 50 of their Senate colleagues in penning a letter to President Joe Biden to urge the administration’s inclusion of Taiwan as a partner in the proposed Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). In addition to recognizing Taiwan’s importance to the United States as an important trading partner, the senators underscored that failing to i… Continue Reading


May 18, 2022

Risch Welcomes Finland, Sweden Applications to Join NATO

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding Finland's and Sweden's official letters of application to join NATO: "I have for several weeks now been strongly urging Finland and Sweden to apply for NATO membership, and I welcome and wholeheartedly support their decision to do so. Our Nordic neighbors have long-proven the value they will bring to the alliance through their professional mil… Continue Reading


May 17, 2022

Risch: Biden Admin’s Venezuela Policy is Incoherent

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the Biden Administration’s proposed changes to its Venezuela policy:“The Biden Administration is conceding to the Maduro regime by easing sanctions without any concrete progress towards democratic order. This move will strengthen the Maduro regime and its criminal network, exacerbate the already horrific humanitarian crisis, and allow malign actors li… Continue Reading


May 17, 2022

Risch Menendez, Meeks, McCaul Introduce Bicameral Resolution Celebrating Enduring U.S.-Greece Partnership, Welcoming Prime Minister Mitsotakis to the U.S.

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 Representatives Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in introducing a concurrent resolution welcoming His Excellency Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece, to the United States for an address to a joint meeting of Congress. “It was an honor to have… Continue Reading


May 16, 2022

Risch, Rubio, Colleagues Slam Biden Admin’s Appeasement to Cuban Dictatorship

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), along with U.S. Representatives Mario Díaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Mark Green (R-Tenn.), María Elvira Salazar (R-Fla.), and Carlos Giménez (R-Fla.), in a joint statement on the Biden Administration's recent announcement providing concessions to… Continue Reading


May 16, 2022

Risch Joins Rubio, Coons, Colleagues in Introducing Bipartisan Resolution Celebrating 200 Years of U.S.-Colombia Relations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) last week in introducing a bipartisan resolution celebrating the 200th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Colombia. Senators Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are also original cosponsors. Congressmen Albio Sires (D-N.J.) and Mario Díaz-Balart (R-Fla.) introduced the House versio… Continue Reading


May 12, 2022

Risch, Menendez Applaud Senate Passage of Allies and Partners Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, applauded yesterday's Senate passage of their resolution reaffirming the importance of U.S. alliances and the unique strategic advantage they provide to the United States. "The United States and our allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific and Europe face a challenging security environment, and it is imperative we continue to sustain and strengthen conc… Continue Reading


May 12, 2022

Risch, Menendez Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution Condemning October 2021 Military Coup 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 below statements following the Senate passage of their concurrent resolution condemning the October 25, 2021 military coup in Sudan:"This sends a clear message from Congress that the U.S. should not accept the continued rule of Sudan's despotic military rulers, who once again have stolen power from its citizens," said Ranking Member Ris… Continue Reading


May 12, 2022

Senators Risch, Markey, Romney, Menendez Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution Commemorating 1991 Cambodia Paris Peace Agreements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the East Asia Subcommittee, Mitt Romney (R-Utah), ranking member of the East Asia Subcommittee, and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, welcomed Senate passage of their resolution commemorating the landmark Cambodia Paris Peace Agreements. The Agreements, which were signed by 19 countries on October 23, 1991, laid… Continue Reading


May 12, 2022

Senate Passes Risch, Durbin Bipartisan Resolution to Support The Gambia on a Democratic and Peaceful Election

WASHINGTON - The U.S Senate passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) expressing support for the free, fair, and peaceful December 4, 2021, presidential election in The Gambia. The resolution also calls on the Gambian government to follow through on recent Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission recommendations, and for all parties and voters to a… Continue Reading


May 12, 2022

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S. Efforts to Support Ukraine Against Russian Aggression

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 U.S. efforts to support Ukraine against Russian aggression. The committee heard witness testimony from The Honorable Jessica Lewis, assistant secretary of State for political-military affairs, The Honorable Erin McKee, assistant administrator for Europe and Eurasia at State, The Honorable Karen Donfried, assistant secreta… Continue Reading


May 11, 2022

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on USAID Budget Request

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 to review the FY2023 USAID budget request. The committee heard witness testimony from The Honorable Samantha Power, administrator of USAID. Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and welcome Administrator Power. Glad to have you here. Certainly you are at the center of one of the most impo… Continue Reading


May 11, 2022

Risch, Menendez, Kaine, Rubio Introduce International Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) 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, were joined today by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in introducing the International Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2022 (TVPRA), comprehensive legislation to reauthorize and enhance critical programming, policy, and funding essential to the United States’ efforts to combat human trafficking across the world.B… Continue Reading


May 10, 2022

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing for Ambassadors to Ukraine, Chad, Coordinator for Counterterrorism

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 The Honorable Bridget A. Brink, nominee to be ambassador to Ukraine, Ms. Elizabeth H. Richard, nominee to be coordinator for counterterrorism, and The Honorable Alexander Mark Laskaris, nominee to be ambassador to Chad.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks:“Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you to a… Continue Reading


May 05, 2022

Risch, Menendez, Markey, Romney Introduce Senate Resolution in Support of Upcoming U.S.-ASEAN Special Summit

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 Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, in introducing a new Senate resolution ahead of the U.S.-ASEAN Special Summit next week to welcome the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and to urge c… Continue Reading


May 04, 2022

Risch on Committee Passage of South Pacific Tuna Treaty, Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition Agreements with Croatia, Kigali Amendment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded committee passage of three treaties: South Pacific Tuna Treaty "As China attempts to increase its influence in the South Pacific, it's important we reaffirm and strengthen our cooperation and partnership with island nations in the region," said Risch. "For several decades, the South Pacific Tuna Treaty has been an important part of our relations with the South Pacific Island… Continue Reading


May 03, 2022

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on State Department Authorization

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 State Department authorization and strengthening U.S. diplomacy for the 21st century. The committee heard witness testimony from The Honorable Brian McKeon, deputy secretary of State for management and resources.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you Deputy Secretary McKeo… Continue Reading

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