Ranking Member's Press

December 22, 2020

Risch, Rubio, Cardin, Feinstein Welcome Passage of Their Bipartisan Bill in Support of Tibet

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), welcomed the passage of their bipartisan Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2019 (S.2539). The legislation, included in the fiscal year 2021 omnibus spending bill, seeks to update and strengthen the Tibetan Policy Act of 2002 to address emerging human rights, religious freedom, and other challenges faced by the Tibetan peopl… Continue Reading


December 21, 2020

Risch Applauds Passage of Belarus, Taiwan Legislation in Bipartisan Omnibus Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded the passage of the Belarus Democracy, Human Rights, and Sovereignty Act and the Taiwan Assurance Act within Congress' end-of-year omnibus package. Also included in the package is a Risch-led provision creating a sanctions coordinator at the U.S. Department of State. "I am pleased that the bipartisan omnibus package passed today includes several Senate Foreign Relations Committee pr… Continue Reading


December 14, 2020

Chairman Risch: SST Rescission Reflects Changed Sudan, Stronger U.S.-Sudan Relations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the announcement of the Trump Administration's formal rescission of Sudan's designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST): "Sudan's removal from SST reflects a major milestone in its fragile democratic transition and is the product of hard work by the Trump Administration and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok's civilian-led government. The United States re… Continue Reading


December 14, 2020

Chairman Risch: Sanctions on Turkey are Result of Erdogan’s Decisions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement regarding the Trump Administration's announcement that it will impose sanctions on the government of Turkey over its purchase of S-400 missiles from Russia: "I am very glad to see that Turkey has finally been sanctioned for its purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air defense system. These sanctions, which are mandated under the Countering America's Adversaries Thr… Continue Reading


December 11, 2020

Chairman Risch Highlights S-400 Sanctions and Expanded Nord Stream 2 Sanctions in FY2021 NDAA Passage

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded final passage of H.R.6395, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA). "Today's bipartisan passage of the NDAA for fiscal year 2021 is an important step in fulfilling our obligations to the U.S. military, and an opportunity to further several Senate Foreign Relations Committee-related priorities," said Risch. "It is unacceptable that a North Atlantic Treaty O… Continue Reading


December 09, 2020

Risch, Cardin Introduce Resolution Encouraging Peaceful Resolution to Tigray Conflict in Ethiopia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee that oversees civilian security, democracy and human rights, today introduced a bipartisan resolution calling on the government of Ethiopia and the Tigray People's Liberation Front to cease all hostilities, protect the human rights of all Ethiopians, and pursue a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the Tigray re… Continue Reading


December 07, 2020

Chairman Risch on Fraudulent Elections in Venezuela

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on yesterday's fraudulent congressional elections in Venezuela: "The Maduro regime's dismantling of the National Assembly, the last remaining democratic institution in Venezuela, is shameful, but predictable. The absence of representative democracy in Venezuela is a growing threat to the stability, peace, and development of the Americas. The United States rem… Continue Reading


December 03, 2020

Chairman Risch Speaks with President Ivan Duque of Colombia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after speaking with Colombian President Iván Duque: "Today, I was glad to speak with President Iván Duque of Colombia and reaffirm our longstanding, values-based relationship. We discussed our ongoing interest in helping the Venezuelan people reclaim their freedom, building upon our decades-long counternarcotics cooperation, and advancing econom… Continue Reading


December 02, 2020

Risch Statement on Sentencing of Pro-Democracy Hong Kong Activists

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the sentencing of three pro-democracy Hong Kong activists: "Today's sentencing of Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, and Ivan Lam in Hong Kong for supporting pro-democracy protests is despicable. Beijing's overreach in Hong Kong has resulted in the complete erosion of rule of law. These three activists as well as others should be immediately released and have all ch… Continue Reading


November 18, 2020

ICYMI: Chairman Risch Discusses Greater Transatlantic Cooperation on China with EU, U.K. Parliamentarians

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a virtual event with Member of European Parliament David McAllister, chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Member of Parliament Tom Tugendhat, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, to mark the release of his new report, "The United States and Europe: A Concrete Agenda for Transatlantic Cooperation on China." Th… Continue Reading


November 18, 2020

Chairman Risch Publishes Report, Discusses Greater Transatlantic Cooperation on China with Parliamentarians

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today published a majority report entitled "The United States and Europe: A Concrete Agenda for Transatlantic Cooperation on China,"to advance greater collaboration between the United States and Europe on the challenges posed by China. Risch is convening a virtual event to mark the release of the report with Member of European Parliament David McAllister, chair of the European Parliament's Committ… Continue Reading


November 12, 2020

Chairman Risch: All Sides Must Cease Fighting, Pursue Dialogue in Ethiopia

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the ongoing fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region between the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF): "The risk of the conflict in Ethiopia descending into civil war is a real, present, and immediate danger to regional stability, U.S. national security interests, and, most importantly, the safety and w… Continue Reading


November 12, 2020

*ADVISORY*: Chairman Risch to Publish Report Outlining Agenda for Transatlantic Cooperation on China

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), will convene a virtual conversation with Member of Parliament Tom Tugendhat, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, and Member of European Parliament David McAllister, chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. EST / 5:00 P.M. CET to unveil a new report from the SFRC majority. The … Continue Reading


October 29, 2020

Risch, Shaheen on Georgia’s Upcoming Parliamentary Elections

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today released the following statement ahead of Georgia's upcoming parliamentary elections: "Since we traveled together to observe Georgia's 2012 parliamentary elections, we have watched democracy deepen and the economy grow. As Georgians prepare to vote in this weekend's parliamentary elections, it is important that all parties respect and abide by international sta… Continue Reading


October 27, 2020

Risch, Cornyn, Menendez, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Designate Uyghur Human Rights Abuses by China as Genocide

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) yesterday in introducing a bipartisan resolution to designate human rights abuses perpetrated by the People's Republic of China against the Uyghur people and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) as genocide. The resolution would hold China accountable under the 1948 United Nations Convention… Continue Reading


October 23, 2020

Chairman Risch on Launch of U.S.-EU Dialogue on China

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding today's launch of a U.S.-EU dialogue on China: "Today's launch of a U.S.-EU dialogue on China, led by Secretary Pompeo and European Union High Representative for Foreign Policy Borrell, is a very welcome development. Advancing transatlantic cooperation on the political, economic, and security challenges posed by the Chinese government is one of my top pri… Continue Reading


October 23, 2020

Chairman Risch: Today Marks a Turning Point for Sudan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the announcement of the Trump Administration's intent to formally rescind Sudan's designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST), as well as the announcement of the normalization of relations between Sudan and Israel: "Today's historic announcement is the start of a new chapter of U.S.-Sudan relations. Removing Sudan's SST designation will help move the… Continue Reading


October 16, 2020

Chairman Risch: Turkey’s Test of S-400 System is Unacceptable

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding Turkey's S-400 missile defense system testing today: "Turkey's test of the Russian S-400 missile defense system is unacceptable behavior from a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ally. It further damages the alliance and poses a direct threat to the F-35 and other U.S. and NATO allies' systems. "Turkey and Russia have a deep history of disagreem… Continue Reading


October 13, 2020

ICYMI: Chairman Risch: Putin’s Russia is a Dictatorship

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently spoke with Keir Simmons of NBC News about the state of U.S.-Russia relations. When asked about President Putin's leadership in Russia, the chairman responded: "This is a one-man show. This is a dictatorship. You can hang all the camouflage you want on it, but this is a dictatorship." "[Putin] is not going to all of the sudden have an epiphany and wake up and decide that [Russia is] … Continue Reading


October 05, 2020

Chairman Risch: Tanzania Officials Must Correct Past Errors and Hold Credible Vote

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the recent suspension of the leading Tanzanian opposition candidate's campaign by electoral officials: "Suspending the leading opposition candidate's presidential campaign on bogus charges raises serious questions about the independence of Tanzania's electoral commission. The political violence and repression of opposition candidates, restrictions on independ… Continue Reading

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