Ranking Member's Press

February 19, 2020

SFRC Staff Director Meets with Georgian Officials in Tbilisi

TBILISI, Georgia - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staff Director Chris Socha arrived in Tbilisi for discussions concerning the current political environment in Georgia with Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia and other government officials, political party leaders, the chairman of the parliament and other parliamentarians, and civil society and international non-governmental organization representatives. In all of his meetings, Mr. Socha reiterated the United States' commitment to Georgia's … Continue Reading


February 18, 2020

Risch: Designating Media Organizations Under CCP Control is a Good Decision

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding the Department of State's decision to designate five Chinese media entities as foreign missions under the Foreign Missions Act: "I applaud the decision to designate five Chinese media organizations as foreign missions. In the United States, we believe in a free press and we know these types of organizations are not free. They are under the direct … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Chairman Risch Welcomes Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno to the U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today welcomed Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno to the historic Foreign Relations Committee room in the U.S. Capitol. "I was glad to welcome President Moreno to the U.S. Capitol today," said Risch. "President Moreno's government has taken measures to improve the economic and security conditions in Ecuador, and we welcome the opportunity to cooperate with those efforts. Ecuadorians are expe… Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Risch, Menendez Call for Peaceful Dialogue in El Salvador

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 released the following statement in response to a dispute between the president and the national assembly in El Salvador: "The United States and El Salvador enjoy a historic partnership, and we strongly support continued economic and security cooperation between our two countries. However, we remain deeply concerned about President Bukele's deplo… Continue Reading


February 12, 2020

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S.-Libya Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full committee hearing on U.S.-Libya policy, with witness testimony from the Honorable David Schenker, assistant secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and Mr. Christopher Robinson, deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Chairman Risch gave the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery: "I thank our witnesses for appeari… Continue Reading


February 12, 2020

Risch: OHCHR’s Release of Database of Companies Operating in Palestinian Territories is Unacceptable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report including a database of businesses operating in the Palestinian territories: "It is unacceptable that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has released this incredibly biased report which is in direct support of the Boycott, Dives… Continue Reading


February 05, 2020

Risch: Assad’s Attacks Against Syrians in Idlib are Deplorable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding an increase in attacks against civilians in Idlib, Syria: "The increase in attacks and violence against the Syrian people in Idlib is deplorable. Assad, Russia, Iran, and the Iranian proxy force Hezbollah have increased assaults on civilians in northwest Syria, targeting hospitals and residential areas. Innocent civilians who have survived almost ni… Continue Reading


February 05, 2020

Risch Meets with Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Vice President Mike Pence and Senate colleagues in a meeting with Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó. (Photo courtesy of the embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) "I had a productive meeting with Venezuelan Interim President Guaidó, Vice President Pence, and Senators Rubio and Scott earlier today," said Risch. "We had a candid discussion and reaffirm… Continue Reading


February 05, 2020

Risch Meets with IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today hosted a working coffee with Director General Rafael Grossi of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to discuss the IAEA's critical role in nuclear nonproliferation and the peaceful use of nuclear energy. "I was glad to have Director General Rafael Grossi join the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for a working coffee this morning," said Risch. "This is a critical time for the fut… Continue Reading


February 04, 2020

Risch, Shaheen Meet with Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani

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 met with Mr. David Zalkaliani, foreign minister of Georgia. "Senator Shaheen and I had a productive conversation with Foreign Minister Zalkaliani today," said Risch. "After our recent letter to Prime Minister Gakharia, we reiterated our concerns about a weakening of Georgian democr… Continue Reading


February 04, 2020

Risch, Menendez, Gardner Meet with Taiwanese Vice President-elect William Lai

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, today met with Vice President-elect William Lai of Taiwan. "It was great to welcome Vice President-elect Lai to the U.S. Capitol today," said Risch. "During our meeting, I expressed support for Tai… Continue Reading


January 31, 2020

Chairman Risch Statement on Appointment of a Special Envoy to South Sudan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the Department of State announced the appointment of W. Stuart Symington IV as special envoy for South Sudan: "Today's announcement of a special envoy for South Sudan is a necessary and welcome step in U.S. efforts to assist the South Sudanese people in their pursuit of a peaceful transition to a more inclusive and democratic state," said Risch. "I rema… Continue Reading


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

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