Ranking Member's Press

January 31, 2020

Risch, Inhofe Comment on U.S.-Philippine Alliance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statements regarding the U.S.-Philippine alliance: "Yesterday, I had a constructive discussion with Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. about the importance of the U.S.-Philippine alliance," said Risch. "This alliance requires the sustained commitment of both our nations. The United States' c… Continue Reading


January 29, 2020

Risch, Shaheen Express Concern for Potential Backsliding of Georgian Democracy and Governance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, today sent a letter to Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia of Georgia expressing concern over recent events that indicate a backsliding from Georgia's commitment to build the institutions of their democracy. "We are increasingly concerned by recent events that indicate a weakening of Georgian d… Continue Reading


January 29, 2020

Risch, Coons Request an Update to List of Sanctioned Persons 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, sent a letter yesterday to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting that the U.S. Department of the Treasury update the list of sanctioned persons in Zimbabwe. "While the United States has been the top provider of humanitarian and development aid to meet the needs of Zi… Continue Reading


January 28, 2020

Chairman Risch Statement on Administration’s Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement after being briefed at the White House on the details of the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "The search for peace between Israelis and Palestinians has been elusive," said Risch. "I applaud the president and his team for injecting new thinking and momentum into a process that has stalled over many years. This plan s… Continue Reading


January 27, 2020

Risch, McCaul Express Concern about Potential Troop Reduction in West Africa

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter last week to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper expressing their concern over reports that the Department of Defense plans to significantly reduce U.S. military presence in West Africa. In the letter, the lawmakers wrote: "We are concerned by report… Continue Reading


January 24, 2020

Chairman Risch Hears from Leading Global Experts on Coronavirus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement following a briefing from top U.S. global health experts: "Today, I convened a briefing from the U.S. government's leading global health experts tracking this novel coronavirus, now identified as 2019-nCoV. There is a lot that we already know about this virus, and the American people should rest assured that U.S. agencies have experience in managing similar g… Continue Reading


January 24, 2020

HELP and SFRC Leadership Statement on Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Briefing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, respectively, today released the following statement after holding an all-senator briefing with top administration health officials regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak that was first detected in Wuhan, China: "We are monitoring the o… Continue Reading


January 17, 2020

Chairman Risch Welcomes Foreign Relations Committee Spring Interns

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, welcomed four new committee interns for the spring semester this week. "I am glad to welcome this group of exceptional students to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the semester," said Risch. "Committee internships provide students and recent graduates the opportunity to have a front-row seat as we handle major global issues, and I am confident they will have a productive semester on Ca… Continue Reading


January 15, 2020

Risch, Menendez, Gardner, Markey Recognize Vietnam for Assuming Chairmanship of ASEAN

WASHINGTON - 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 Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, today congratulated Vietnam on assuming the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ASEAN is an important multilateral organization for advancin… Continue Reading


January 15, 2020

Risch Applauds Committee Passage of USMCA, Four Nominees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today held a committee business meeting to markup H.R.5430, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (USMCA), and four ambassadorial nominees. "After months of discussions between members of Congress and the administration, I am glad our committee has done its part to advance this important, bipartisan legislation," said Risch. "The USMCA strengthens North American trade relati… Continue Reading


January 14, 2020

Risch, Menendez Lead Colleagues in Bipartisan Letter to Administration in Support of Burma’s Elections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, were joined by Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ron Wyden (D-Wash.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Dan Sullivan (… Continue Reading


January 13, 2020

Risch, Menendez Encourage Administration to Seek Meaningful Electoral Reform in Nicaragua

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 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin expressing concern about the Ortega regime's blatant disregard for human rights and systematic dismantling of democratic institutions in Nicaragua, and to ask that specific actions be taken immediately to reverse this dangerous course. "We applaud the steps t… Continue Reading


January 10, 2020

Risch, Menendez, Rubio, Cardin Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution Concerning Irregularities in Bolivia’s General Elections

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.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, And Global Women's Issues, applauded this week's Senate passage of their resolution, S.Res.447, expressing concern about widespread irregularities in Bo… Continue Reading


January 10, 2020

Risch, Menendez, Engel, McCaul Seek Answers About World Bank Hiring Practices Concerning Employees from Taiwan

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 Representatives Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.) and Michael T. McCaul (R-Texas), chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, this week requested an explanation about the World Bank Group (WBG) telling employees with Taiwan passports that their employment was contingent upon obtaining People's Republic of China (PRC) passport… Continue Reading


January 08, 2020

Risch Applauds U.S. Efforts to Hold South Sudan's Leaders Accountable for Serious Human Rights Abuses, Obstruction of Peace Process

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Treasury's Department's decision to sanction South Sudan's first vice president, Taban Deng Gai, for his role in serious human rights abuses: "The United States has a long history as a friend of South Sudan, and wants nothing more than the world's youngest country to achieve lasting peace, democracy, and prosperity. The people of South… Continue Reading


January 08, 2020

Risch Meets with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of the Hellenic Republic on Wednesday to discuss the status of U.S.-Greek relations. "The US-Greek partnership is as strong as ever, and I was glad to welcome Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to the committee today," said Risch. "Our two nations have expanded our bilateral and regional military cooperation, and have signed a revised defense cooperation… Continue Reading


January 08, 2020

Chairman Risch Statement on U.S. Response to Iranian Missile Strikes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement regarding last night's Iranian missile strikes aimed at U.S.-Iraqi bases in Iraq: "I hope the Iranian regime has learned a lesson. Today, the president laid out in clear terms the policies the United States has been pursuing and will continue to pursue against Iran's unacceptable conduct on all fronts, from its attempts to acquire a nuclear weapon to its state sponsors… Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

Risch, Rubio, Cardin, Cruz, Kaine Welcome Swearing-In of Juan Guaidó as President of the National Assembly

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), today issued the following joint statement in support of Juan Guaidó's reelection as president of the Venezuelan National Assembly and as interim president of Venezuela: "This week, the international community once again witnessed the criminality of dictator Nicolás Maduro's regime and the lengths… Continue Reading


January 02, 2020

Chairman Risch Statement on Death of Qassem Suleimani

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement regarding the death of Qassem Suleimani: "Congratulations to President Trump on his decisive action and the successful outcome. Qassem Suleimani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and his death presents an opportunity for Iraq to determine its own future free from Iranian control. As I have previously warned the Iranian government, they should not mistake … Continue Reading


December 30, 2019

Chairman Risch Highlights Foreign Relations Committee Accomplishments for 2019

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today highlighted significant accomplishments of the committee from his first year as chairman. "I am proud that in my first year as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee we have been able to accomplish so much," said Risch. "In addition to reporting out 67 nominees who were confirmed by the full Senate to positions at the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and other agencies, the com… Continue Reading

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