Ranking Member's Press

May 08, 2019

Risch Statement on Iran's Pullback from Nuclear Deal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement in response to the Iran regime's announcement today that they will halt compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Deal: "Iran's announcement today is a sign of desperation and a clear signal that maximum pressure is achieving our desired effects," said Risch. "However, as with any international agreement, the regime's comments on p… Continue Reading


May 03, 2019

Risch, Menendez, Romney, Murphy Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Attacks in Sri Lanka

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) have introduced a resolution condemning the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, offering sincere condolences to the victims, to their families and friends, and to the people and nation of Sri Lanka, and expressing solidarity and support for Sri Lanka. "I join my colleagues in expressing our deepest sympathies to the people and nation of Sri Lanka, and all the fami… Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

Senators Menendez, Risch, Markey, and Gardner Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Calling for a Stronger U.S.-Japan Alliance

WASHINGTON - Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, were joined today by Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) in introducing a Senate resolution reaffirming the importance of a close partnership between the United States and Japan. In recognition of the coronation of the new Emperor and the beginning of a new era in Japan, the resolution marks seventy years of the U.S.-Japanese alliance, an… Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

Chairman Risch Commends Committee Passage Of Nine Nominees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a business meeting at which the committee approved nine nominees. "I am glad to see nine of the president's nominees advance through our committee today," said Risch. "All of these nominees have important roles to fill, and I am especially pleased that we were able to move Brian Bulatao for under secretary of State for management and David Schenker for assistant secretary of St… Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Chairman Risch Discusses Venezuela, Advises Maduro to “Find an Exit Ramp” on Bloomberg TV

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today appeared on Bloomberg TV's "Balance of Power" to discuss the ongoing situation in Venezuela in addition to news that the administration plans to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization, the impact of U.S. sanctions on Iran, and his work as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. On Maduro: "Maduro made a horrible mistake for his own personal safety yesterday. … Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on the Humanitarian Impact of Eight Years of War in Syria

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a hearing on "The Humanitarian Impact of Eight Years of War in Syria," with testimony from witnesses Ben Stiller, Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, The United Nations Refugee Agency, and David Miliband, President and CEO of International Rescue Committee. Chairman Risch gave the following opening statement: "Before we get to the reason we are here today, I would like to first take a… Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

Risch Applauds Cooper Confirmation Despite Long Delay

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded Senate confirmation of R. Clarke Cooper to be Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs. Cooper was confirmed by a vote of 90-8. "Mr. Cooper is preeminently qualified for the job of Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, and I am glad to see him confirmed today by such a wide margin," said Risch. "We received Mr. Cooper's nomination almost … Continue Reading


April 22, 2019

Risch Commends Administration Action on Iranian Oil Exports

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement in support of today's announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the U.S. will no longer grant sanctions waivers to nations that import Iranian oil: "I welcome the administration's announcement that the United States will no longer entertain exemptions for countries importing Iranian oil. The Iranian regime remains a leading state sponsor of terrorism and is … Continue Reading


April 21, 2019

Risch Statement on Terror Attacks in Sri Lanka

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement on the Easter morning terror attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 200 people, including several U.S. citizens: "No person of faith should fear for his or her life in a place of worship," said Risch. "Today's horrific terror attacks are especially poignant on Easter Sunday, a day that many of us around the world celebrate our Christian faith. Vicki and I pray for… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Risch, Menendez Statement on Removal of Sudanese President from Power

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Jim Risch (R-ID) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement about the removal of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir from power by the Sudanese military: "We stand in solidarity with the Sudanese people, who for months have taken to the streets to reclaim their country from a ruthless military regime, led by a war criminal that has ruled through fear, violence, and the repression of democ… Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

Risch Commends Senate for Swift Confirmation of Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today commended his Senate colleagues for their overwhelming support of General John P. Abizaid (Ret.), to be U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Abizaid was confirmed by a vote of 92-7. "I commend my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for coming together today to confirm General John Abizaid as ambassador to Saudi Arabia, a post that is of incredible importance in an unsta… Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at State Department Budget Request Hearing

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a hearing on the State Department's budget request for FY 2020, with testimony from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Chairman Risch gave the following opening statement: "Good morning and welcome. Our topic today is the State Department's fiscal year 2020 budget request and our witness is the right man to answer questions about that request, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "One… Continue Reading


April 08, 2019

Leading Senators Call on Sec. Pompeo to Raise Key Concerns during Bilateral Meeting with Egyptian President Sisi

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, were joined by a group of 15 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo encouraging him to raise key issues and concerns with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at their scheduled bilateral meeting later this week. "There is strong, bipartisan support in Congress for a security partnership with Egypt that a… Continue Reading


April 08, 2019

Risch Statement on Terror Designation for Iranian Regime

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement regarding the State Department's announcement of plans to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO): "With the full support of the Iranian regime, the IRGC has supported terrorism in the Middle East and across the globe for 40 years," said Risch. "The IRGC fuels regional instability, particularly through its… Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Risch Statement on Passage of Senate NATO Resolution

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement regarding the passage of a Senate resolution in support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and in recognition of the great accomplishments the organization has made over the past 70 years: "It is because NATO is so imperative to peace and stability in the U.S. and abroad that the alliance has the support of nearly every member of Congress - assured… Continue Reading


April 03, 2019

Chairman Risch Applauds Committee Passage of 23 Nominees, Seven Other Pieces of Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a committee business meeting during which members voted out 23 nominees and seven other pieces of legislation. "I am pleased that our committee was able to come together today and vote out a sizable number of the president's nominees, as well as seven very important resolutions," said Risch. "Today we made great strides in staffing up the State Department by advancing to the floor … Continue Reading


April 02, 2019

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at NATO Hearing

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a hearing on "NATO at 70: A Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century". The committee heard testimony from Mr. Ian Brzezinski, Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and Dr. Karen Donfried, President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. "NATO is the most successful political-military alliance in the world precisely because it defends common values and princ… Continue Reading


March 30, 2019

Chairman Risch Statement on Women Activists Released in Saudi Arabia

Chairman Risch Statement on Women Activists Released in Saudi Arabia Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement following news reports that the government of Saudi Arabia has temporarily released three of the 11 women activists who are imprisoned and currently on trial in Saudi Arabia: "I welcome news that three of the 11 activists who have been unjustly detained for promoting women's rights in Saudi Arabia we… Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Risch, Menendez, Tillis, Shaheen, Johnson, and Murphy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation in Recognition of NATO 70th Anniversary

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Jim Risch (R-ID), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with their colleagues Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Chris Murphy (D-CT), have introduced bipartisan legislation in support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and in recognition of the great accomplishments the organization has made over the past 70 years. "NATO is the greatest political-milit… Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Senate Resolution Condemning Terrorist Attacks in New Zealand

WASHINGTON - In the wake of this month's terrorist attack in New Zealand, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (D-Idaho), the Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, were joined by Senators Gary Peters (D-Mi.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in introducing a bipartisan Senate resolution condemning the March 15, 2019 attack in … Continue Reading

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