Ranking Member's Press

December 18, 2019

Risch Holds Committee Business Meeting on Russia Sanctions Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today held a committee business meeting to markup S.482, the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2019 (DASKAA). "I commend my colleagues' good faith efforts to hold Russia accountable and I agree with them that we must continue to find ways to do this, but this piece of legislation, as drafted, is rife with unintended consequences," said Risch. "The list of Putin's offenses … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Chairman Risch Touts Victories in Passage of NDAA Including Nord Stream 2 Sanctions, Caesar Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded the inclusion of several committee-related provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA), which passed by a vote of 86-8. "I applaud the overwhelmingly bipartisan passage of the NDAA for fiscal year 2020 today," said Risch. "In addition to fulfilling our obligations to the U.S. military, this year's NDAA also includes a number of important provisi… Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

Chairman Risch Recognizes SFRC Fall Interns

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today recognized the committee's six fall interns as they conclude their time in the Senate. "Committee internships provide students and recent graduates the opportunity to have a front-row seat as we handle major global issues," said Risch. "From the threat of communist China, to growing instability in Turkey and Syria, this semester's interns have been able to participate in U.S. foreign policy … Continue Reading


December 11, 2019

Risch Praises Committee Passage of Turkey Sanctions Bill, Additional Legislation, Nominees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a business meeting during which members approved nine bills, 10 Senate resolutions, one joint resolution, one concurrent resolution, and two nominees. "I appreciate my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for coming together for a robust and productive business meeting this morning," said Risch. "We passed a number of significant pieces of legislation through our committee, all of … Continue Reading


December 11, 2019

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Comprehensive Syria-Turkey Legislation

WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today voted to approve the Promoting American National Security and Preventing the Resurgence of ISIS Act (S.2641). The comprehensive legislation, authored by Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), is a direct congressional response to Turkey's military incursion into northeast Syria and attack on the Kurds, as well as their purchase of the Russian S-400 defense system. "I am glad our committee members came toge… Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Risch, Menendez, Gardner, Coons Mark Anniversary of the Chinese Government’s Unlawful Detention of Canadian Citizens, Call for Their Immediate Release

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 Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, and Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) today recognized the anniversary of the Chinese government's detention of Canadian citizens Michal Kovrig and Michael Spavor in retaliation for Huawei Technologies Co, Ltd. Chief Fina… Continue Reading


December 05, 2019

U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation Expressing Concern over Irregularities in Bolivia’s Elections, Call for Democratic 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, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Chris Coons (D-Dela.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have introduced a resolution expressing grave concern over irregularities following Bolivia's general elections held on October 20, 2019, and encouraging the State Department… Continue Reading


December 04, 2019

Risch Hosts SFRC Meeting with Sudanese Prime Minister Hamdok

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today hosted a committee meeting with Sudanese Prime Minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdok to discuss Sudan's transition to democracy and the status of U.S.-Sudan relations. "I was glad to welcome Prime Minister Hamdok to the historic Senate Foreign Relations room in the U.S. Capitol today to discuss Sudan's ongoing transition to democracy and reaffirm the United States' strong support for the Sudanese people,… Continue Reading


December 04, 2019

Risch Statement on House Passage of Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act (S.178) yesterday: "China's illegal detainment of at least a million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in prison camps is atrocious and inexcusable," said Risch. "The Chinese Communist Party must be held accountable for severe abuses of human rights in Xinjiang. I… Continue Reading


December 04, 2019

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Oversight Hearing on the Millennium Challenge Corporation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full committee oversight hearing on the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), with witness testimony from the Honorable Sean Cairncross, chief executive officer of the MCC. Chairman Risch gave the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery: "Fifteen years ago, Congress, the administration, and advocates for effective foreign aid united behind a simple concept: It is in … Continue Reading


December 03, 2019

U.S. Moves North Macedonia’s NATO Bid Forward

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement regarding President Trump depositing the U.S. instrument of ratification for North Macedonia's accession to NATO: "I am glad that President Trump has taken action and the U.S. has now done its part to move North Macedonia's NATO membership forward, and I encourage the few remaining NATO members to take immediate action. North Macedonia's accession to NATO is long ov… Continue Reading


December 03, 2019

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on Future of U.S. Policy towards Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full committee hearing on the future of U.S. policy towards Russia, with witness testimony from the Honorable David Hale, undersecretary of state for political affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and the Honorable Christopher A. Ford, assistant secretary for international security and nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of State. Chairman Risch gave the following opening sta… Continue Reading


December 03, 2019

Chairman Risch Applauds Senate Passage of Global Fund Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded Senate passage of S.Res.318, a bipartisan resolution offered by himself and Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) to support the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The resolution passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this year on September 26, 2019. "It is notable that just one day after World AIDS Day on December 1 st, the U.S. Senate came … Continue Reading


November 27, 2019

Risch, Rubio, Cardin, Menendez Applaud Signing of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into Law

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statements after President Trump signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (S.1838) into law. The Senate unanimously passed the bill on Nov. 19, with the House following on Nov. 20 by a vote of 417 to 1, sending the bill directly to the president's… Continue Reading


November 25, 2019

SFRC Chairman Risch Speaks at Halifax International Security Forum

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, participated in a moderated discussion at the Halifax International Security Forum over the weekend where he focused on China's growing economic and political influence across the globe and the need for the United States and its allies to work together to develop a cohesive strategy to compete with China. Risch began by raising the issue of intellectual property theft as a significant problem with … Continue Reading


November 22, 2019

Risch, Menendez, Inhofe, Reed Welcome Republic of Korea’s Decision Not to Withdraw from GSOMIA

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - 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 Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today welcomed the government of the Republic of Korea's decision not to withdraw from the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), an agreement between the Republic of Korea and Japan which i… Continue Reading


November 22, 2019

Risch Meets With Central Tibetan Administration President Dr. Lobsang Sangay

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met with Central Tibetan Administration President Dr. Lobsang Sangay on Wednesday to discuss human rights violations the Chinese Communist Party inflicts on the people of Tibet. "I am grateful for President Sangay's visit to the U.S. Senate this week," said Risch. "The people of Tibet are subjected to a wide range of human rights violations by the Chinese Communist Party, including forced disappea… Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Risch, Menendez, Inhofe, Reed Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution Reaffirming Importance of GSOMIA Ahead of Saturday Deadline

WASHINGTON - 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 Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today applauded Senate passage of their resolution reaffirming the importance of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) between the Republic of Korea and Japan to U.S. and allied security interests… Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Risch, Menendez, Inhofe, Reed Reaffirm Importance of General Security of Military Information Agreement between the Republic of Korea and Japan

WASHINGTON - 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 Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced a resolution today reaffirming the importance of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) between the Republic of Korea and Japan to U.S. and allied security interests in the Indo-Pacific.… Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Chairman Risch Applauds Committee Approval of 15 Nominees, Foreign Service Officer Promotions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a business meeting during which members approved 15 nominees and a number of Foreign Service Officer promotions. "I am very pleased to see John Sullivan's nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Russia advance to the full Senate today," said Risch. "As we face a resurgent Russia that seeks to undermine the global order and regain the prestige it held during the height of the Soviet Unio… Continue Reading

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