Ranking Member's Press

November 15, 2019

Risch: If Erdogan Keeps the S-400, Turkey Sanctions Bill Will Move

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, earlier this week was asked by President Donald Trump to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of Turkey, during his visit at the White House. Risch remains resolute in his position that Turkey cannot retain S-400 air defense systems and at the same time obtain F-35 aircraft. Risch made the following statement following reports that Erdogan has returned to Turkey and contends that he will kee… Continue Reading


November 14, 2019

Risch Meets with Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty President and CEO Jamie Fly

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met with Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty's (RFE/RL) President and CEO Jamie Fly yesterday to discuss RFE/RL's efforts to provide honest and accurate local news in places where the free press is under attack and journalism can be dangerous for those who seek to hold their governments accountable. "Organizations such as Radio Free Europe are on the frontlines, standing up for freedom of the press acr… Continue Reading


November 14, 2019

Risch, Rubio Move Senate to Consider Hong Kong Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-FL) initiated a process for the Senate to quickly pass their Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (S. 1838). The process, known as the hotline, allows for Senate business to be conducted by unanimous consent. The amended bipartisan bill was passed unanimously by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in September. "The world needs to see that the United States will stand up an… Continue Reading


November 13, 2019

Risch Hosts NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg for Working Coffee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today hosted a full committee working coffee with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to discuss the future of the NATO alliance and the threat of China as a global competitor. "I was glad to welcome my friend Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of NATO, to meet with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today," said Risch. "NATO is and will continue to be the most successful political-military … Continue Reading


November 12, 2019

Risch: U.S. and Europe Must Compete with China

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke today at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on China's growing malign economic and political influence in the U.S., Europe, and across the globe, and the need for a cohesive transatlantic strategy and policy response. "The United States and Europe share a vital interest in addressing the challenges posed by China. We both recognize China is no longer a developing country.… Continue Reading


November 08, 2019

Risch Recognizes 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Celebrates Promotion of Democracy Across the World

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today recognized the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of both Germany and Europe, and the end of communism in Europe. "The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 was a significant victory for democracy across the world," said Risch. "The crumbling of the Iron Curtain was the catalyst that made independence possible for many Eastern European countries and led to the end… Continue Reading


November 01, 2019

Senator Risch Shares Views on International Development at International Advocacy Lunch

Boise, Idaho -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on Friday at a foreign affairs lunch at the Idaho History Museum in Boise, Idaho, about the United States' role as a global leader and the challenges associated with providing foreign assistance to developing nations. "I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to speak with Idahoans who are passionate about responding to the needs of people both here at home, and across the globe," said Risch… Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

Risch Meets with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas of Estonia

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met today with Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas to discuss the strong partnership between the U.S. and Estonia, actions to strengthen NATO, and a mutual pledge to only use trustworthy technology suppliers in their respective communications networks. "I was glad to have Prime Minister Jüri Ratas join me in the U.S. Capitol today to discuss our bilateral efforts to counter Russian ma… Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing for the Honorable John Sullivan to be U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a nomination hearing for the Honorable John Sullivan to be the U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation. Chairman Risch gave the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery: "Today we will consider the nomination of the Honorable John Sullivan to be the United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation. We welcome you back to the committee, and thank you for your wi… Continue Reading


October 29, 2019

Risch, Rubio Meet with Venezuelan Delegation

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues, today met with Venezuelan Commissioner for Foreign Relations Julio Borges, Venezuelan Ambassador to the U.S. Carlos Vecchio, UN Ambassador Miguel Pizarro, and Ad hoc Director Alejandro Grisanti, to discuss con… Continue Reading


October 29, 2019

Risch Discusses the Fight Against ISIS with Fox News’ Sandra Smith

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke with Sandra Smith on Fox News about the impact of the U.S.-led military raid against ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the successful termination of his second in command. "America's memory is long and our reach is even longer. [ISIS'] road is going to end with either death or capture, and it's most likely death," said Risch. "We're all committed to… keeping our foot on t… Continue Reading


October 27, 2019

Risch Statement on Announcement of Death of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has released the following statement on the announcement of the successful U.S.-led military raid against ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: "Reports of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death following a U.S. raid in Syria are welcome news and a triumph for all peace-loving people," Risch said. "I applaud the professionalism of our special operators and the steadfast devotion of our men and women in unifo… Continue Reading


October 25, 2019

Risch, Menendez, Johnson, Shaheen Introduce Resolution to Commemorate 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, introduced a resolution celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of both Germany and Europe, and the spread of democracy around the world. "… Continue Reading


October 25, 2019

Bipartisan Group of Senators Sends Letter to President of Tajikistan Regarding Harassment of Tajik Journalists

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), on Friday sent a letter to President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan concerning reports that journalists affiliated with Radio Ozodi, the Tajik Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), are being harassed, threatened, and in some cases, denied accreditation to work in Tajikis… Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Risch: Zimbabwean Leadership is the Cause of Crisis, Not Sanctions

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding efforts of the government of Zimbabwe to spread misinformation and deflect blame for the dire economic conditions faced by the country: "Responsibility for the current political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe falls solely on the ruling regime that has governed the country for decades. If Zimbabwe's leaders put as much time, financial resources,… Continue Reading


October 22, 2019

Risch Applauds Senate Approval of North Macedonia Accession to NATO, Calls on European Partners to Do the Same

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the Senate voted to approve the accession of North Macedonia to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): "Today's long-awaited, nearly unanimous vote to approve the accession of North Macedonia into NATO is a strong symbol of the U.S. Senate's support for the strongest and most successful political-military alliance in the history of the world… Continue Reading


October 22, 2019

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on Turkey's Offensive in Northeast Syria

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full committee hearing on Turkey's offensive in northeast Syria, with witness testimony from the Honorable James F. Jeffrey, special representative for Syria engagement and special envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the Department of State, and Mr. Matthew A. Palmer, deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Afairs at the Department of State… Continue Reading


October 17, 2019

Risch Statement and Floor Remarks on Turkish Aggression in Syria

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor about bipartisan legislation he introduced with Sen. Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in response to Turkey's military incursion into northern Syria and attack on America's partners in northeast Syria, including the Kurds. Additionally, Risch made the following remarks after the Trump administration's announcement of … Continue Reading


October 17, 2019

Foreign Relations Committee Leaders Announce New Comprehensive Syria-Turkey Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced they are partnering to introduce new comprehensive legislation in response to Turkey's military incursion into northern Syria and attack on America's partners in northeast Syria, including the Kurds. The bipartisan legislation, which will be introduced soon, will require the administration to produce a strategy to defend our hard-won gains a… Continue Reading


October 16, 2019

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S.-Iran Policy

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full committee hearing on U.S.-Iran policy, with witness testimony from the Honorable Brian Hook, special representative for Iran at the Department of State. Chairman Risch gave the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery: "This morning we have a hearing on a matter that is really of pressing national security importance - the relationship of the United States w… Continue Reading

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