Ranking Member's Press

May 25, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Meets with Colombian VP Marta Lucia Ramirez

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after meeting with Colombian Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez: "I was glad to meet with Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez today to discuss challenges and opportunities for our countries and the Western Hemisphere. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, the worsening security situation in Venezuela, and the malign influence of state and non-state actors, Colo… Continue Reading


May 24, 2021

Risch on Lukashenka’s Forced Diversion of Flight to Arrest Journalist

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to the Lukashenka regime’s forced diversion of a commercial flight yesterday in order to arrest a Belarusian journalist and dissident:“I strongly condemn the Lukashenka regime’s forced diversion of a commercial flight in order to arrest Belarusian journalist Raman Pratasevich. This hijacking is intolerable and must be immediately reviewed by … Continue Reading


May 21, 2021

Risch, Rubio, Colleagues Push Amendment to Protect American Research from China

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday joined U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, in filing an amendment to the Endless Frontier Act (S.1260) to establish a counterintelligence screening process to protect the United States against efforts by China and other adversaries to engage in economic espionage and misappropriate America's intellectual property, research… Continue Reading


May 21, 2021

Risch, Menendez Announce Introduction of Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Human Rights Legacy of Andrei Sakharov

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 commemorated the 100th anniversary of Nobel laureate Andrei Sakharov's birthday by announcing they will introduce a bipartisan resolution lauding the renowned physicist's legacy of activism and impassioned dedication to human rights advocacy and nuclear disarmament. "At huge personal cost, Andrei Sakharov devoted himself to fighting the Soviet Un… Continue Reading


May 21, 2021

­Risch Requests Review of Child Protection Compacts in Effort to Improve Fight Against Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to U.S. Comptroller General Eugene Dodaro requesting that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) undertake a review of Child Protection Compacts (CPC), a key Department of State initiative to combat international child trafficking.“According to estimates by the International Labor Organization, in 2016 there were an estimated 25 million victims of human trafficking wor… Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Risch, Cardin Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution Encouraging Peaceful End to Conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded Senate passage of their bipartisan resolution calling on the government of Ethiopia, the Tigray People's Liberation Front, and other belligerents in the conflict in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia to cease all hostilities, protect human rights, allow unfettered humanitarian access, and cooperate … Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Risch, Colleagues: Biden Should Commit to Credible Extended Deterrence during U.S.-South Korea Summit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement ahead of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s summit with President Biden this week:“President Biden’s summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in this week provides an important o… Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Risch, McCaul to Biden: The U.S. Must Stand With Israel, Not Delay Arms Sales

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), lead Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to President Biden encouraging the administration to stand by Israel, resist calls to delay the sale of important munitions, and expedite the processing and delivery of those munitions as much as possible.“We are especially concerned by calls to delay the pending sale … Continue Reading


May 19, 2021

Risch: Biden and Blinken are Handing Putin a Gift with NS2 Waivers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the State Department’s impending report on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, as mandated by the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act:“The administration has finally acknowledged what we’ve known all along - the entities sanctioned in today’s Nord Stream 2 report have been engaged in sanctionable activities for months. This determination took longer than … Continue Reading


May 19, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing for Assistant Secretaries Of State

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 Brian A. Nichols, nominee to be assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere affairs, and the Honorable Michele Jeanne Sison, nominee to be assistant secretary of State for international organization affairs.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and tha… Continue Reading


May 13, 2021

Risch, Menendez Lead Bipartisan Resolution Celebrating Alliance with Republic of Korea

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 were joined by Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) in introducing a bipartisan resolution reaffirming the United States’ dedication to the Republic of Korea as a crucial ally. The resolution comes in advance of Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in’s scheduled visit to the United States to meet with President Joe Biden and memb… Continue Reading


May 13, 2021

Risch Joins Rubio, Senate Republicans in Urging POTUS to Stand with Israel and Not Provide Iran with Sanctions Relief

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday joined U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and 42 Republican colleagues in urging President Joe Biden to stand with our closest ally in the region, Israel. As Israel is under attack from Iranian-backed terrorists, the Biden Administration is negotiating and potentially offering sanctions relief to Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. The senators called on President B… Continue Reading


May 12, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Remarks at Hearing on the COVID-19 Pandemic and the International Response

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today gave remarks at a hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic and the international response. The committee heard witness testimony from the Honorable Gayle E. Smith, coordinator for global COVID response and health security, and Mr. Jeremy Konyndyk, executive director of the COVID-19 task force.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman.“I recently looked back at my… Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

Risch: Georgian Political Parties Must Make Good on April Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, put out the following statement on the release of Georgian opposition leader Nika Melia from prison:“I am encouraged to see that Nika Melia, leader of Georgia’s United National Movement Party, has been released from prison. His release fulfills of one of the key promises made in the April 2021 agreement that was designed to bring an end to the country’s 18-month-long political impasse. “No… Continue Reading


May 04, 2021

Risch, Rubio Condemn Maduro Regime’s New Illegitimate Scheme

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 on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues, issued the following joint statement after the selection of new members of the National Electoral Council (CNE) in Venezuela: "The illegitimate actions of the Maduro regime, such as yesterday's announcement of a new e… Continue Reading


May 04, 2021

Risch, Rubio, McCaul, Green on Dismissal of Supreme Court Justices, Attorney General in El Salvador

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues, U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), lead Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Representative Mark Green (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, … Continue Reading


April 28, 2021

Risch on Biden’s Speech to Congress: Biden Needs to Get Serious about China, NS2

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on President Biden's address to the joint session of Congress tonight: "It is clear to me tonight that President Biden and I agree on at least one thing - our greatest international challenge now, and for decades to come, is our relationship with China. I have good news for him: the Senate has a plan to meet the challenge. Our committee's bill is a true piece… Continue Reading


April 28, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing for Under Secretaries of State

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 Ambassador Bonnie D. Jenkins, to be under secretary of State for arms control and international security and the Honorable Jose W. Fernandez to be under secretary of State for economic growth, energy, and the environment.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman.“T… Continue Reading


April 27, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Remarks at Hearing on U.S. Policy on Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today gave remarks at a hearing on U.S. policy on Afghanistan. The committee heard witness testimony from the Honorable Zalmay Khalilzad, special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation at the U.S. Department of State.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman.“First of all, like many others, I have deep concerns about the administration’s rush for the exi… Continue Reading


April 27, 2021

Risch Encourages World Health Assembly to Let Taiwan Help

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued a statement encouraging the World Health Assembly to invite Taiwan to its upcoming session from May 24 to June 1. "Given Taiwan's remarkable success in handling the COVID-19 pandemic and active role in helping other countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus should allow Taiwan the opportunity to participate in the upcoming Wor… Continue Reading

Showing page   of 83