Ranking Member's Press

March 17, 2021

Risch, McCaul Send Letter to Blinken Calling for Robust Oversight of COVID-19 Foreign Assistance Funds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken requesting a transparent and responsible distribution of the $10,000,000,000 in U.S. foreign assistance funding that was provided in the recent COVID-19 relief bill. "We are writing to express serious concerns about the politically … Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Risch, Menendez, Rubio, Kaine Introduce Resolution Recognizing 9th Summit of the Americas, Hosted by 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, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), ranking member and chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the Western Hemisphere, today introduced a resolution recognizing the 9th Summit of the Americas and reaffirming the United States' commitment to a more prosperous, secure, and democratic Western Hemisphere. "As the United States prepares to ho… Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on Advancing Effective U.S. Policy for Strategic Competition with China in the Twenty-First Century

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today gave opening remarks at a committee hearing on advancing effective U.S. policy for strategic competition with China. The committee heard witness testimony from Dr. Elizabeth Economy, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Mr. Tom Shugart, adjunct senior fellow at the Center for New American Security, and Mr. Saif Khan, research fellow at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology… Continue Reading


March 15, 2021

ICYMI: Ranking Member Risch: Assad’s Decade of Torture Against Syrians Must End

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, provided the following remarks during a virtual event today titled "10 Years of Mass Atrocities in Syria: A Decade of Civilian Suffering" hosted by the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. "Hello, I'm Senator Jim Risch, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "It is my honor to join you all today as we sol… Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

OPINION: A Grim Anniversary, a Promising Path Forward

Guest column submitted by U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee More than 117 million people around the globe have been infected and 2.6 million people have died since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be a pandemic one year ago this week. Over the course of a year, economies were upended, schools and offices shuttered, and livelihoods shattered. Catastrophic failures at all levels accelerated the internat… Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Risch Leads Colleagues in Re-Introducing Comprehensive Legislation to Compete with China

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led eight Republican colleagues in re-introducing the Strengthening Trade, Regional Alliances, Technology, and Economic and Geopolitical Initiatives Concerning China Act (STRATEGIC Act) to advance a comprehensive strategy for U.S. competition with the People's Republic of China (PRC). "The Chinese Communist Party presents an unprecedented threat to not only U.S. values and interests, b… Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on State of Democracy Around the World

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today gave opening remarks at a committee hearing on the state of democracy around the world. The committee heard witness testimony from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula J. Dobriansky, National Endowment for Democracy Reagan-Fascell democracy fellow Peter Biar Ajak, PhD, Burma Campaign UK campaigns officer Wai Hnin Pwint Th… Continue Reading


March 09, 2021

Risch, Menendez Lead SFRC Colleagues in Marking 10th Anniversary of the Syrian Uprising with Bipartisan 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, today led nine of their SFRC colleagues in introducing a bipartisan resolution in observance of the 10th anniversary of the Syrian uprising. In addition to calling on the United States to support humanitarian aid to the Syrian people, the resolution condemns the Assad regime's atrocities against its own citizens and reaffirms the United States' commit… Continue Reading


March 05, 2021

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

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today were joined by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) in re-introducing a bipartisan resolution calling on the government of Ethiopia, the Tigray People's Liberation Front, and other belligerents to cease all hostilit… Continue Reading


March 05, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Requests Updated Assessment of Venezuela’s Transnational Criminal Network

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday sent a letter to U.S. Comptroller General Eugene Dodaro requesting that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provide an assessment of the scope of the transactional criminal network threat within and from Venezuela, as well as a review of the effectiveness of the United States Government's policies actions, and authorities to combat these criminal threats. "In July 2009, GAO … Continue Reading


March 04, 2021

Joint Statement from Ranking Member Risch and Chairman Menendez on U.S.-Bulgaria Bilateral Relationship

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) issued the following statement on the U.S.-Bulgaria relationship as the country begins the official campaigning period for parliamentary elections: "The United States and Bulgaria have a robust and growing relationship that, like the NATO alliance as a whole, is strongest when it rests on shared democratic values. We would like to see this relationship continue to develop, … Continue Reading


March 04, 2021

Ranking Member Risch and Chairman Menendez Announce SFRC Subcommittee Assignments for 117th Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today announced subcommittee leadership and membership assignments for the 117th Congress. "I am glad to join Chairman Menendez in announcing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee subcommittee chairmen and ranking members for the 117th Congress," said Ranking Member Risch. "These subcommittee leaders bring an impressive amount of foreign policy knowledge to our committee,… Continue Reading


March 04, 2021

Risch, Menendez Unveil New Legislation to Confront Growing Threat of Terrorism in the Sahel

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 introduced new legislation authorizing the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP) program to combat the growing threat of terrorism in the Sahel region of Africa. Entitled the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership Program Act of 2021, the bipartisan legislation establishes in law a program to improve coordination between U.S. govern… Continue Reading


March 03, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing for Deputy Secretaries of State

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 Wendy Sherman, nominee to be deputy secretary of State, and the Honorable Brian McKeon, nominee to be deputy secretary of State for management and resources. "The two nominations that we have before us today are really of considerable importance to our foreign policy and to the effectiveness, ce… Continue Reading


March 02, 2021

Risch Statement on Biden Administration’s Actions on Russia

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 announcement that it has imposed new sanctions on the Russian government in response to the poisoning of Alexei Navalny: "I welcome today's sanctions on Russia from the Biden Administration for the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. There must be consequences for Russia's malign actions, particularly the use of chemical and biolo… Continue Reading


March 01, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Welcomes Foreign Relations Committee Spring Interns

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently welcomed four new committee interns for the spring term. "On behalf of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee minority, I am glad to welcome four new interns for the spring term," said Risch. "As we continue to face unprecedented challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, these students will experience firsthand how Congress handles major global issues. I am confident they will have a p… Continue Reading


February 28, 2021

Do Not Repeat Past Mistakes: Risch, Inhofe, Rubio, Toomey, Portman Send Letter to President Biden Underscoring Republican Consensus on Iran Policy

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, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), ranking member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter Friday to President Joe Biden outlining R… Continue Reading


February 26, 2021

Ranking Member Risch on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on last night's U.S. airstrikes conducted in Syria: "As the Iranian regime continues to test American resolve under a new administration, establishing and maintaining credible deterrence is critical. After several unanswered attacks against U.S. interests, I welcome the administration's decision to authorize airstrikes against Iranian-backed militias … Continue Reading


February 24, 2021

Ranking Member Risch: Rejoining UN Human Rights Council Without Reforms is a Mistake

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on Secretary of State Antony Blinken's announcement that the United States will seek a seat on the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council for the 2022-2024 term: "I am disappointed that the Biden Administration is attempting to re-join the UN Human Rights Council before securing significant reforms. While I support the administration's efforts to make… Continue Reading


February 23, 2021

Risch, Shaheen, Kinzinger, Connolly on Developments in Georgian Political Crisis

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, along with Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), co-chairs of the House Georgia Caucus, today released the following statement on developments in Georgia: "The Georgian government's decision to violently raid the United National Movement headquarters to arrest it… Continue Reading

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