Ranking Member's Press

November 01, 2021

SFRC Ranking Member Risch, Chairman Menendez Urge Biden Admin to Match EU Sanctions Framework to Secure Substantive Economic, Political Reform in Lebanon

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Friday wrote a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen urging the Biden Administration to complement the European Union’s announced sanctions framework to push Lebanese leaders to take critical measures to reform and rebuild their country in the wake of the unprecedented financial collapse and ongoing physi… Continue Reading


October 27, 2021

Risch, Menendez Lead Bipartisan Legislation to Bolster U.S. Efforts to Secure Taiwan’s Membership at the Inter-American Development Bank

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.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in introducing new legislation authorizing the United States’ endorsement of and work to secure Taiwan’s admission to the Inter-American Development Bank as a non-borrowing member, a promotion from its present observer status. In the face… Continue Reading


October 27, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on the State of the State Department

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 state of the State Department and State Department authorization. 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: “Well thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you, Secretary McKeon for being here … Continue Reading


October 26, 2021

Risch Joins Hagerty, Colleagues in Introducing Legislation to Protect U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) and 33 Republican colleagues in introducing the Upholding the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Law Act of 2021, a bill to protect the full and faithful implementation of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 and block the Biden Administration’s efforts to subvert the law.“I am disappointed in the Biden Administration’s efforts to coerce our Israeli partners … Continue Reading


October 26, 2021

Risch, Shaheen to Lead Congressional Delegation to Halifax International Security Forum

WASHINGTON - Next month, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, will lead a bipartisan congressional delegation to participate in the 13th annual Halifax International Security Forum. Risch and Shaheen will be joined by Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and hundreds of delegates from around… Continue Reading


October 26, 2021

Risch, McCaul Urge Government of Ethiopia to Take Action to Retain AGOA Benefits

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released the following statement as the Biden Administration reviews country eligibility for trade benefits laid out in the African Growth and Opportunity (AGOA) Act:“AGOA trade benefits have been a strong component of job creation in Ethiopia, and the U.S.-Ethiopia bilateral trade relationship has generated economic benefit for both count… Continue Reading


October 26, 2021

Risch: Taiwan Deserves to Participate in UN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on this week’s 50th anniversary of the passage of UN Resolution 2758, which granted the People’s Republic of China (PRC) membership in the United Nations (UN):“Over the past five decades, the PRC has used UN Resolution 2758 to unjustly exclude Taiwan from participation in the UN and its affiliate organizations, even blocking Taiwan nationals from entering the … Continue Reading


October 25, 2021

Senate and House Foreign Policy Leadership Condemn 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, and U.S. Representatives Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following joint statement on the coup in Sudan:“We condemn in the strongest terms Monday’s coup by Sudanese security forces. The arrest and detention of Prime Minister Hamdok, other cabinet members,… Continue Reading


October 25, 2021

ICYMI: Risch in Defense News: The U.S. must reject a ‘sole purpose’ nuclear policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today published an op-ed in Defense News on how the Biden Administration should reject a “sole purpose” nuclear policy in order to protect U.S. and allied security.“Sole purpose” is another name for “no first use”:“While administrations have considered shifting to a no first use policy, they inevitably understood it would damage U.S. and allied security. Indeed, the Obama administration studi… Continue Reading


October 22, 2021

Risch on Biden Administration’s Mixed Messages Regarding Taiwan

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after President Biden’s remarks last night regarding Taiwan and the White House’s subsequent clarification:“The administration is sending confusing messages on Taiwan. Words are important, and we can’t be careless in how we talk about an issue that is so vital to U.S. interests and the security of the Info-Pacific.“We must act decisively on our commitm… Continue Reading


October 22, 2021

Risch, Markey, Romney, Menendez Announce Resolution Marking 30-Year Anniversary of Cambodia Paris Peace Agreements

Senators call upon Cambodian government to live up to its commitments to democracy and neutrality. WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), chairman and ranking member of the East Asia Subcommittee on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced a resolution commemorating the landmark Cambodia Pari… Continue Reading


October 21, 2021

Risch, Inhofe, Portman Request Investigation into SIV Program Shortcomings Amid Afghanistan Withdrawal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to the inspectors general of the Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Agency for International Development requesting they launch a joi… Continue Reading


October 20, 2021

Risch, Coons Reiterate U.S. Support for Sudan’s Transition, Call For Peaceful Demonstrations Tomorrow

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chris Coons (D-Del.), member of the Subcommittee on African Affairs and chairman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, today released the following statement on the challenges facing Sudan's transition to democracy and protests planned for Thursday in Khartoum:“Supporting Sudan's ongoing political and economic transition remains a top priority for the United St… Continue Reading


October 20, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing for Ambassadors to Japan and Singapore

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. The second panel consisted of the Honorable Rahm Emanuel, nominee to be ambassador to Japan, and Mr. Jonathan Eric Kaplan, nominee to be ambassador to the Republic of Singapore.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks for the second panel: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you to both of our nominees for… Continue Reading


October 20, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing for Ambassador to China

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. The first panel consisted of the Honorable R. Nicholas Burns, nominee to be ambassador to the People's Republic of China.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks for the first panel:“Well thank you, Mr. Chairman.“Like many members of the committee, I have known Nick for a long time. We first met in the ear… Continue Reading


October 19, 2021

Risch, Booker on Committee Passage of South Sudan Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) released the following statements on today’s committee passage of S.Res.380, a resolution reiterating United States support for the people of the Republic of South Sudan in their quest for lasting peace, stability, and democracy after 10 years of independence. The resolution also calls for a review of U.S. policy toward South Sudan given the persistent intercommunal … Continue Reading


October 19, 2021

Risch Meets with IAEA Director General Grossi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after meeting with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi today: “Iran continues to steadily advance its nuclear program, while violating its international obligations and preventing the IAEA from fulfilling its monitoring responsibilities. Its failure to provide credible answers to the IAEA’s questions regarding its un… Continue Reading


October 18, 2021

Risch on Passing of Secretary Powell

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the passing of Colin Powell, a former four-star general in the United States Army who served as Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and National Security Advisor under four administrations:“Secretary Powell was a true leader who will be immortalized in history for his long career of distinguished service to our country. He serve… Continue Reading


October 14, 2021

Risch: Rejoining the UNHRC is a Disgrace

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the election of 18 new members to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC): "Today's UNHRC election is a sham - every country, including the United States, is running unopposed. The United States should not be lending its legitimacy to a body that includes perpetrators of human rights abuses like China, Venezuela, and Cuba. Additionally, the Council… Continue Reading


October 14, 2021

Risch, Shaheen, Menendez Lead Bipartisan Letter to Blinken Asking for Immediate Appointment of Official to Address Health Incidents

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging the immediate appointment of a senior-level official to lead efforts on anomalous health incidents following the resignation of Pamela Spratlen. In the letter, the… Continue Reading

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