Ranking Member's Press

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


October 01, 2020

Risch, Inhofe, Menendez, Colleagues Urge Lighthizer to Begin Talks for a Trade Agreement with Taiwan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, and 47 other Senate colleagues in sending a letter encouraging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to begin the formal process of negotiating a comprehensive trade agreement with Taiwan. "As we look to advance our initiative for a free and open Indo-Pacific, we believe that now is t… Continue Reading


October 01, 2020

Risch, Rubio, Portman, Johnson: Armenia and Azerbaijan Must immediately Cease Violence

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) today released the following statement on the escalation of fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh: "The rapid escalation of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region is extremely worrying. Sadly, over the past five days, both sides have faced nee… Continue Reading


October 01, 2020

Risch, Casey, McCollum, Smith Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing a Decade of Results Under Feed the Future; Continued Need to Combat Global Hunger and Poverty

WASHINGTON - In advance of World Food Day, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), along with U.S. Representatives Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Chris Smith (R-N.J.), introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution recognizing a decade of results under the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) signature global food security program, Feed the Future, and the need to continue efforts to accelerate inclusive a… Continue Reading


September 30, 2020

Risch, Menendez Request Administration Investigation into Novichok Poisoning of Alexei Navalny

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that the administration consider whether the Russian government poisoned Alexei Navalny with a chemical nerve agent. "We are very concerned by assessments that Russian anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny was poisoned in August 2020, by a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok family," the mem… Continue Reading


September 29, 2020

Chairman Risch on Passing of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the passing of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah: "I offer my deepest condolences to the people of Kuwait on the passing of His Highness, Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. His Highness was a deeply respected leader and an unwavering partner to the United States. We honor his tireless efforts to mediate conflict and foster pea… Continue Reading


September 28, 2020

Risch Reaffirms Support for Credible Legislative Elections in Venezuela

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the upcoming illegitimate elections in Venezuela: "The Venezuelan people continue to suffer atrocities at the hands of a nearly totalitarian, criminal regime. For more than a year, Nicolás Maduro has worked to consolidate power by violently attempting to take over the National Assembly, naming a regime-controlled electoral council, taking control of po… Continue Reading


September 25, 2020

Chairman Risch Welcomes Foreign Relations Committee Fall Interns

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently welcomed five new committee interns for the fall term. "The Senate Foreign Relations Committee majority is glad to welcome five new interns for the fall term," said Risch. "While Capitol Hill looks a little different during the COVID-19 pandemic, these students and recent graduates are experiencing firsthand how Congress handles major global issues. I am confident they will do an excell… Continue Reading


September 24, 2020

Chairman Risch to Iran: Deterrence Has Been Restored

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today warned Iran of the potential consequences of its actions during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on U.S. policy in the Middle East. "I want to drill down very, very specifically on the outside chance that the Iranians are monitoring this. I want to say clearly, deterrence has been restored. Soleimani is dead. His replacement is a weak, weak substitute for Soleimani - he does no… Continue Reading


September 24, 2020

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S. Policy in a Changing Middle East

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full committee hearing on U.S. policy in a changing Middle East, with witness testimony from Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale and U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams. Chairman Risch gave the following opening statement: "This hearing will come to order. "I thank our witnesses for appearing today to discuss recent events i… Continue Reading


September 23, 2020

ICYMI: Chairman Risch Discusses Transatlantic Alliance and China at CEPA Forum

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday gave virtual remarks during the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) Forum in which he discussed the transatlantic alliance and the shared threat that China poses to the United States and Europe. Highlights: On the transatlantic alliance and the shared threat of China: "Together, the United States and Europe helped create an open system of rules, norms, and institutions that up… Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

Chairman Risch Applauds Committee Passage of 15 Nominees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today held a committee business meeting during which members approved 15 nominees. "Processing nominations continues to be a core responsibility of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and I am glad the committee approved another fifteen nominees this morning," said Risch. "I am especially pleased to be sending ambassadorial nominees for Japan and Ukraine to the full Senate for confirmation. Th… Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on Advancing U.S. Engagement and Countering China in the Indo-Pacific and Beyond

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full committee hearing on advancing U.S. engagement and countering China in the Indo-Pacific and beyond, which included discussion of the STRATEGIC Act, legislation Risch introduced earlier this year. The committee heard witness testimony from Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Julie Chung, Senior Bureau Official for European and Eurasian Affairs Ph… Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

ICYMI: Chairman Risch Discusses Middle East Peace on TODAY Show

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently spoke with Keir Simmons of the TODAY Show to discuss yesterday's Abraham Accords signing ceremony at the White House. When asked whether he thought the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia might soon follow the lead of the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel, the chairman responded: "Saudi Arabia has got all kinds of challenges and they nee… Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Chairman Risch Attends Historic White House Signing Ceremony with Israel, UAE, and Bahrain

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today attended a signing ceremony at the White House where the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Bahrain formally normalized diplomatic relations with Israel. Also in attendance at the ceremony were President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani. "It was … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Risch, Menendez, Murphy, Rubio, Durbin Lead Colleagues in Introducing Resolution in Support of Belarusian People

WASHINGTON - 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 Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), today introduced a resolution condemning the crackdown on peaceful protestors in Belar… Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Risch: Normalization of Relations between Israel and Bahrain is Another Historic Breakthrough

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the announcement of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain: "Today's agreement between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain to establish full diplomatic relations marks another historic breakthrough, and is something I've been directly involved in encouraging. As these agreements demonstrate, former opponents and rivals have increasi… Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

Risch, Cardin Lead Colleagues in Condemning Violence in Anglophone Cameroon

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues, along with Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), J… Continue Reading

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