Ranking Member's Press

October 12, 2021

Risch Leads 29 Colleagues in Introducing Comprehensive Afghanistan Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently led 29 colleagues in introducing the Afghanistan Counterterrorism, Oversight, and Accountability Act, legislation to address the outstanding issues related to the administration's rushed and disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. Joining Risch as cosponsors are Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Todd Young (R-Ind.), John… Continue Reading


October 08, 2021

Ranking Members Warn Against Bypassing Treaty Process

WASHINGTON - The top Republicans on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, and the U.S. Senate Banking Committee expressed serious concerns with the Administration’s recent suggestions it is considering circumventing the Senate’s constitutional treaty authority in implementing a global tax agreement. Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Banking Committee Ranking Member P… Continue Reading


October 08, 2021

Risch: Abiy Must Show Leadership in Bringing Peace to Ethiopia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the swearing-in of Prime Minister Abiy and the devastating security and humanitarian crises facing Ethiopia:“As Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed begins his first full term in office this week, he must move beyond the politics of transition and begin tackling the hard truths underlying the many crises facing all Ethiopians. Decisive political leadership… Continue Reading


October 08, 2021

Risch Celebrates Taiwan’s National Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement ahead of Taiwan’s National Day on October 10:“I want to wish the people of Taiwan a happy national day. Taiwan is an important U.S. partner in the Indo-Pacific and a model of democracy in Asia. Over the last few years, the past year especially, Taiwan has been under enormous economic and military pressure from the People’s Republic of China. It is now mo… Continue Reading


October 05, 2021

Risch: Admin’s Declassification of U.S. Nuclear Stockpile 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 the administration’s declassification of the number of active and inactive warheads in the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile:“The Biden Administration has repeated the Obama Administration’s mistake of declassifying the U.S. nuclear stockpile. China and Russia failed to reciprocate any transparency when the United States did this during the Obama era, an… Continue Reading


October 05, 2021

Risch, McCaul: Normalization with Assad Regime is Wrong

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 released the following statement on reports of U.S. partners pursuing normalization with the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria:“Bashar al-Assad has inflicted enormous suffering on the Syrian people, slaughtering hundreds of thousands of Syrians and committing crimes against humanity wi… Continue Reading


October 05, 2021

Risch, Menendez, Rubio, Warner Urge President Biden to Expel Russian Diplomats if Moscow Embassy Cuts Continue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), vice chairman and chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to take immediate action to increase staffing at the U.S. embassy in Moscow, and, if the Russian Government does not cooperate, to expel 300 Russian diplomats.“This disproportionality in… Continue Reading


October 05, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing

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 Ms. Lisa A. Carty, nominee to be ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, Mr. Steven C. Bondy, nominee to be ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Ms. Mallory A. Stewart, nominee to be assistant secretary of State for arms control, verification, and compliance.Ranking Member Ris… Continue Reading


October 04, 2021

Risch on Recent Elections in Georgia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the municipal elections conducted in Georgia over the weekend: "This weekend's elections in Georgia were incredibly disappointing and a dramatic departure from the 2012 elections that I observed. The international community will continue to pay close attention to the conduct of the second round of elections for the races that were not yet decided," s… Continue Reading


October 01, 2021

Risch, Menendez Statement Following Reports of Suspended Investigation into Port of Beirut Blast

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 released the following statement in reaction to the suspension of Judge Tarek Bitar’s investigation into the 2020 Beirut port blast in the wake of calls for his dismissal:“We are extremely concerned by the suspension of Judge Tarek Bitar’s investigation into the devastating August 4, 2020, explosion at the Port of Beirut which killed more than 200… Continue Reading


October 01, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Welcomes Foreign Relations Committee Fall Interns

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently welcomed seven new committee interns for the fall term. “I’m glad to welcome a new group of impressive interns to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,” said Risch. “These students will experience firsthand how Congress manages complex issues such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, the challenges of malign actors like China and Russia, and the growing threat to human rights and lib… Continue Reading


September 30, 2021

Risch, Rubio: EU Should Not Aid Maduro by Sending Election Observation Mission to Venezuela

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), ranking member of the subcommittee overseeing the Western Hemisphere, today released the following statement on the European Union’s (EU) decision to deploy an election observation mission to Venezuela for the regional and local elections scheduled for November 21:“We are deeply concerned about the EU’s decision to send a mission to observe the fraudulent regional a… Continue Reading


September 30, 2021

Risch Introduces Legislation to Curb Biological Weapons Development

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced the Biological Weapons Policy Act, a bill to keep Americans safe from the threat of biological weapons, including by increasing scrutiny of research collaboration with malign actors like China.“The COVID-19 pandemic was a wakeup call - it’s time to take biological threats more seriously,” said Risch. “We need stronger oversight of our collaboration on biological research with… Continue Reading


September 29, 2021

Risch Meets with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Locsin

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today welcomed Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. to the United States Senate: "The U.S.-Philippine alliance is crucial to the security of the Philippines, the United States, and the entire Indo-Pacific region. In our meeting today, Secretary Locsin and I discussed the importance of our alliance continuing to grow, and the commitment that will require from both c… Continue Reading


September 29, 2021

Risch: Biden Admin. Has Chosen Russia over European Allies with NS2 Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement following a classified briefing on the administration’s failed approach to the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline:“The administration still has little to show for its approach to NS2 other than a vague set of promises from Germany, a physically complete pipeline, and an entirely predictable Russian-made gas crisis with winter rapidly approaching.“As NS2’s oppo… Continue Reading


September 28, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing for Representatives to OECD and EU, Ambassadors to Turkey and UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture

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 Jack A. Markell, nominee to be representative of the United States to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Honorable Mark Gitenstein, nominee to be representative of the United States to the European Union, the Honorable Jeffry Lane Flake, nominee to be ambassador… Continue Reading


September 27, 2021

Risch, Menendez Urge Transparency, Accountability in Wake of World Bank Data Distortion to Boost China Ranking in Annual Report

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 sent a letter to President Joe Biden expressing concerns regarding the recent findings by an independent investigation that Kristalina Georgieva, former World Bank CEO and current Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), pressured staff to distort data to increase China’s 2018 ranking in the World Bank’s annual “Doing Business” … Continue Reading


September 27, 2021

Risch Leads Colleagues in Introducing Comprehensive Afghanistan Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led 22 colleagues in introducing the Afghanistan Counterterrorism, Oversight, and Accountability Act, legislation to address the outstanding issues related to the administration's rushed and disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. Joining Risch as original cosponsors are Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Todd Young (R-Ind.)… Continue Reading


September 27, 2021

Foreign Relations and Armed Services Republican Leaders Warn Admin Against Military Coordination with Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Representatives Michael McCaul (R-Texas), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin regarding reports that the Biden… Continue Reading


September 25, 2021

Risch on Resolution of China’s Huawei Hostage Situation

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), today made the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Justice reaching an agreement with the Chinese government that will allow Huawei Technologies Co, Ltd. Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou's to return home to China, and which resulted in the release of two Canadian citizens being unlawfully held by the Chinese government in retaliation for Meng's ongoing detention: "Today we welcome home two brave and honorable men, Canadian cit… Continue Reading

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