Ranking Member's Press

August 19, 2020

Risch, Menendez Letter to Iraqi PM Expresses Support for Continued Partnership

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 Prime Minister al-Kadhimi of Iraq ahead of his official visit to the United States later this week. The senators express their continued support for a robust partnership between the U.S. and Iraq, and their desire to deepen that relationship for the benefit of both U.S. and Iraqi security and prosperity. "We write to welcome you … Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Risch, Menendez Lead Colleagues in Encouraging Administration to Press for Structural Reform in DRC

BOISE, Idaho - 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 Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Chris Coons (D-Del.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), today sent a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo encouraging the administration to use this historic opportunity to help address str… Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Chairman Risch on U.S. Seizure of Iranian Fuel Delivery to Venezuela

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to the United States' seizure of an Iranian fuel shipment intended for the illegitimate Maduro regime in Venezuela, which would have allegedly benefitted Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization: "I commend the administration on today's action against Iranian attempts to violate U.S. sanctions and sup… Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Chairman Risch: Agreement Between Israel and UAE Has Potential to Dramatically Improve Relationships Across Middle East

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 the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after speaking with the White House and Jared Kushner: "I applaud the historic agreement to fully normalize diplomatic relations between Israel and the UAE. This agreement has the potential to dramatically improve relationships across the Middle East… Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Risch, Menendez Lead Bipartisan Senate Resolution in Solidarity with People of Lebanon Following Port of Beirut Blast

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today were joined by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in introducing a Senate resolution regarding the massive explosion in the Port of Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, 2020. The bipartisan resolution extends heartfelt condolences to the peop… Continue Reading


August 10, 2020

Chairman Risch: Belarusians Deserve a Fair Accounting of Presidential Election

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to the arrest of and violence against Belarusian protestors by military units and riot police after Alexander Lukashenka claimed to have won a landslide victory in Belarus' presidential election over the weekend: "Over the weekend, the people of Belarus attempted to participate in a democratic process, and expected their votes to be counted trut… Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Senators Commemorate Anniversary of 1998 Embassy Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chris Coons (D-Del.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), released a joint statement ahead of the 22nd anniversary of the bombings of the U.S. embassies … Continue Reading


August 05, 2020

Risch, Coons: Sanctioning Tagwirei Serves as Important Step Towards Curbing Corruption in Zimbabwe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chris Coons (D-Del.), member of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, today commended actions by the U.S. Department of the Treasury under the Zimbabwe Sanctions Program, particularly with respect to combating corruption by Zimbabwe's elites. "Today's action by the Department of the Treasury to hold accountable those who perpetrate public corruption, particularly among Zimbabwe… Continue Reading


August 04, 2020

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on Venezuela’s Deteriorating Security and Humanitarian Situation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full committee hearing on Venezuela's deteriorating security and humanitarian situation, with witness testimony from Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams and U.S. Agency for International Development Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean Joshua Hodges. Chairman Risch gave the following opening statement: "I would like to thank Sp… Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation to Provide Assistance, Support for Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today introduced the Ukraine Security Partnership Act to provide security assistance and strategic support to Ukraine. "The Russian Federation's disregard for international laws and commitments is no better demonstrated than by its illegal seizure of Crime… Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on FY 2021 State Department Budget Request

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full committee hearing on the FY 2021 State Department budget request, with witness testimony from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Chairman Risch gave the following opening statement: "Good morning, everyone. Today we have with us Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss the State Department's fiscal year 2021 budget request. Though if history is any judge, Secretary Pompeo, you… Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

Chairman Risch Applauds Committee Passage of 17 Nominees, Foreign Service Officer Promotions

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 17 nominees and seven Foreign Service Officer (FSO) promotions lists. "Given the enormous number of nominees under the committee's jurisdiction, considering and processing nominations is a core responsibility of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and I am glad we were able to approve 17 nominees and a number of FSO promotio… Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

Chairman Risch on Administration’s Decision to Modernize the Missile Technology Control Regime

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the administration announced it would modernize drone export rules in relation to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), an agreement between the United States and 34 other nations that aims to restrict the proliferation of missiles capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction: "I strongly support the MTCR, which remains critical to achiev… Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on Advancing Effective U.S. Competition with China

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full committee hearing on advancing effective U.S. competition with China, with witness testimony from Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun. Chairman Risch gave the following opening statement: "Thank you all for coming today - I want to thank all of you for being here. It is an honor to have Deputy Secretary of State Steve Biegun here today to testify on U.S. policy regar… Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Risch, Gardner, Romney, Young Introduce Landmark Legislation to Compete with China

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and Todd Young (R-Ind.) today introduced the Strengthening Trade, Regional Alliances, Technology, and Economic and Geopolitical Initiatives Concerning China Act (The STRATEGIC Act) to advance a comprehensive strategy for U.S. competition with the People's Republic of China (PRC). "The Chinese Communist Party is re-shaping the international order to be… Continue Reading


July 20, 2020

ICYMI: Risch: With a U.N. Veto, Russia and China Add to Syria’s Misery

As seen in The New York Times: By: U.S. Senator Jim Risch - July 20, 2020 Earlier this month in the United Nations Security Council, the world saw a preview of what Russian and Chinese global "leadership" looks like: a world order where the most vulnerable suffer for the political gains of those at the top. Twice, Russia and China vetoed U.N. resolutions which would have ensured that lifesaving humanitarian aid could reach millions of suffering Syrians through vital border crossings. The rema… Continue Reading


July 17, 2020

Risch Statement on Nord Stream 2, Turkstream Sanctions Updates

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the administration's recent announcement that sanctions may be imposed on companies involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 and Turkstream pipelines: "I applaud the administration's recent announcement that sanctions may be imposed on companies involved in the construction of the Russian-backed Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream pipelines. Projects l… Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

Chairman Risch Statement on End of Preferential Treatment for Hong Kong

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order ending U.S. preferential treatment for Hong Kong, which means that the United States will treat Hong Kong in the same manner economically as the People's Republic of China and the United States will suspend or terminate relevant agreements with Hong Kong: "The executive order the president signed today means H… Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

Chairman Risch: UK Decision to Ban Huawei is Right One

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the United Kingdom announced it would ban new Huawei purchases by the end of this year and remove all existing Huawei equipment from its telecommunications networks by 2027: "I am relieved to hear that the United Kingdom has initiated a plan to remove Huawei products from its communications systems. I have long been concerned about the national securi… Continue Reading


July 13, 2020

Risch, Menendez, Engel, McCaul: China’s Claims in South China Sea are Unlawful

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representatives Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today released the following statement on the administration's decision to clarify the United States' position on the South China Sea, making it clear that China's territorial claims are unlawful: "We fully suppor… Continue Reading

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