Ranking Member's Press

July 09, 2021

Risch on 10th Anniversary of South Sudan’s Independence

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the 10th anniversary of South Sudan's independence: "Today, the people of South Sudan celebrate 10 years of independence. Unfortunately, they have yet to realize the promises of their hard-won struggle due to the selfishness, violence, and corruption of their leaders. "The United States has walked with the South Sudanese along this journey, and we… Continue Reading


July 07, 2021

Risch on Upcoming UNSC Vote to Renew Syria Cross-Border Aid

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement ahead of the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) vote to renew and expand cross-border humanitarian aid into Syria:“Over the last two years, three of four U.N.-backed and monitored border crossings allowing life-saving aid into Syria have closed thanks to Russia and China’s veto powers on the UNSC. Currently, more than 90% of the Syrian population i… Continue Reading


July 06, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Welcomes Foreign Relations Committee Summer Interns

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently welcomed seven new committee interns for the summer term. “On behalf of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee minority, I’m glad to welcome a new group of talented interns for our summer term,” said Risch. “These students will experience firsthand how Congress handles major global issues like the COVID-19 pandemic, malign international actors, defending human rights around the wo… Continue Reading


July 01, 2021

Risch on State Department’s Annual Trafficking in Persons Report

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of State released its 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report:“The State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report is an important opportunity to address the global scourge of human trafficking - an issue that requires every government to commit to prosecuting perpetrators, preventing further victimization, and protecting tra… Continue Reading


June 30, 2021

Risch Condemns China’s Crackdown in Hong Kong on Anniversary of National Security Law

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of Beijing’s National Security Law in Hong Kong:“The so-called National Security Law essentially strips Hong Kong’s autonomy, quashes the rights and freedoms guaranteed to its people, and calls into question the city’s future as an international financial hub. Over the last year, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), working th… Continue Reading


June 29, 2021

SFRC Ranking Member, Chairman Joint Statement in Support of Democratic Elections in Libya

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 issued the below statement in support of democratic elections in Libya: "We strongly support ongoing efforts by Libyan delegates in Geneva to establish a new constitutional framework for democratic elections in December. This presents an historic opportunity for Libyans to end the cycle of violence and chaos that has wracked their country for the… Continue Reading


June 28, 2021

Risch, Menendez Introduce Comprehensive Global Health Legislation to Respond to COVID-19 and Better Prepare for Future Pandemics

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign relations Committee, last week introduced comprehensive global health legislation entitled the International Pandemic Preparedness and COVID-19 Response Act (S. 2297) to improve global health and pandemic preparedness and enhance COVID-19 response efforts. "Over the past 17 months, we have rightly focused on the domestic and international response to the COVID-19 pandemic,… Continue Reading


June 24, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Meets with Afghan President Ghani, Chairman Abdullah Abdullah

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after meeting with Afghan President Ghani and Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah: "I was glad to have the opportunity to meet with President Ghani and Chairman Abdullah Abdullah today, whose presence in Washington this week underscores the urgent situation in their country. "I have deep reservations about the de… Continue Reading


June 24, 2021

Risch Applauds Committee Passage of Legislation on Uyghurs, Israel, Georgia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the committee’s approval of six bills, four resolutions, seven nominees, and one FSO list during two business meetings this week:“I am glad the committee came together today in a bipartisan manner to pass the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act,” said Risch. “As the administration has recognized, the Chinese government’s systematic internment and oppre… Continue Reading


June 17, 2021

Risch, McCaul, Green Condemn Car Bombing Against American Military Personnel and Colombian National Army

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho), House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul (R-Texas), and House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, Migration, and International Economic Policy Ranking Member Mark Green (R-Tenn.) released the following statement following the car bombing attack in Cúcuta, Colombia.“We strongly condemn yesterday’s car bombing attack against the Colombian National Army a… Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Risch, McCaul Call on Biden to Impose Mandatory Sanctions on Russia Related to Navalny Poisoning

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, have sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to immediately impose the legally-mandated second round of sanctions as required by the U.S. Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (“CBW Act”) to hold the Putin regime accountable for its continued … Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Ranking Member Risch on Biden-Putin Meeting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after President Biden's summit with Russian President Putin: "During Putin's 20-year rule in Russia, the West has failed to meet his aggressive conduct with any response that has generated lasting change. While there are some positive outcomes from the recent meetings of the G7 and NATO, I am disappointed by issues that remain unresolved following President Biden… Continue Reading


June 15, 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 Todd D. Robinson, nominee to be assistant secretary of State for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs, Mr. Brett M. Holmgren, nominee to be assistant secretary of State for intelligence and research, and the Honorable Daniel J. Kritenbrink, nominee to be assistant secretary of Stat… Continue Reading


June 14, 2021

Risch, Young, Rubio, Crapo: Houthis Must Be Held Accountable for Atrocities in Yemen

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), ranking member of the subcommittee that oversees the Middle East, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), ranking member of the subcommittee that oversees human rights, and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) in sending a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Linda Thomas-Greenfield asking her to bring much-needed international attention to the violent human rights abu… Continue Reading


June 14, 2021

ICYMI: Risch in WaPo: Biden wants Russia’s cooperation. But Putin thrives on chaos.

WASHINGTON - Ahead of President Biden's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, published an op-ed in the Washington Post on why Biden must develop a concrete agenda for the summit or risk an increased sphere of Russian influence over the next three and a half years. "This meeting, the administration says, is designed to put the relationship between the two countries "on a more stable, predictable … Continue Reading


June 11, 2021

Risch, Leahy, Colleagues: Biden Should Act to Restore Democratic Governance in Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), President Pro Tempore of the Senate, yesterday led Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Majority Whip, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), ranking member of the subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) in sending a letter to President Biden encouraging the administration to hold the Ortega-Murillo regime accountable f… Continue Reading


June 11, 2021

Risch, Johnson, Colleagues Introduce Iran Nuclear Treaty Act to Place Constitutional Check on Iran Deal

WASHINGTON - On Friday, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led 21 of their Republican colleagues in introducing the Iran Nuclear Treaty Act. This bill will give the American people a proper constitutional check by requiring that the president submit to Congress any renewed nuclear deal with Iran as a treaty. The Iran Nuclear Treaty Act would strengthen the role Co… Continue Reading


June 10, 2021

Risch Opposes Re-Opening of PLO Office in U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to President Biden voicing concerns over the review to re-open the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Office in the United States that was dissolved under the Trump Administration.“I strongly believe that such a reopening undermines U.S. interests, turns a blind eye to victims of Palestinian-sponsored terrorism, and will make necessary changes in Palestinian conduct l… Continue Reading


June 09, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S. Policy on Belarus

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 hearing on U.S. Policy on Belarus. The committee heard witness testimony from the honorable Julie Fisher, United States ambassador-designate to the Republic of Belarus, Ms. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of the Democratic Opposition in Belarus, and Mr. Jamie Fly, president and CEO, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.Ranking Member Ri… Continue Reading


June 08, 2021

Ranking Member Risch on Final Passage of China Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the Senate's final passage of the United States Innovation and Competition Act (S.1260): "As I have said for years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) presents a grave threat to U.S. values and interests, and its malign influence across the globe puts our own freedoms at risk here at home," said Risch. "Last month, 21 members of the Senate Foreign Rel… Continue Reading

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