Ranking Member's Press

March 13, 2019

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on A New Approach for an Era of U.S.-China Competition

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a hearing on "A New Approach for an Era of U.S.-China Competition." The committee heard testimony from the Honorable Jim Talent, a former U.S. senator and current commissioner of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and Dr. Oriana Mastro, Associate Professor of Security Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Chairman R… Continue Reading


March 11, 2019

Chairman Risch Statement Following Yemen Briefing with Martin Griffiths

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following remarks after a briefing for all members of the Senate led by Mr. Martin Griffiths, United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen: "We still have a long way to go to solve the crisis in Yemen - a country that's been ravaged by years of proxy war and fractious infighting, with 24 million Yemenis in dire need of food and medical assistance," said Risch. "Tonight my colleagues and I had t… Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Risch, Menendez Introduce Legislation In Support of Canada’s Actions To Uphold The Rule Of Law In Huawei Extradition Request

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, have introduced bipartisan legislation that commends Canada for upholding the rule of law and expressing concern over actions by China in response to a request from the U.S. to Canada calling for extradition of Huawei Technologies executive, Meng Wanzhou. Original cosponsors of this legislation are Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chris Coons (D-DE), Mitt Romney (R-U… Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing For Ambassadors to Saudia Arabia and Iraq

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a hearing on two nominations. The nominees are General John Abizaid to be Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and Ambassador Matthew Tueller to be Ambassador to Iraq. Chairman Risch delivered the following opening remarks: "As far as Saudi Arabia is concerned, we have a shared security interest with Saudi Arabia in combating Sunni extremism and Iranian influence in the region, and we sho… Continue Reading


March 04, 2019

Chairman Risch Statement on Global Magnitsky Sanctions Briefing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement after a committee briefing from the administration on the status of the Global Magnitsky investigation related to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi: "The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a briefing with administration officials tonight to receive additional information on the investigation of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. In addition, written materials from the Sta… Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Chairman Risch Statement on Hanoi Summit and Ongoing Negotiations with North Korea

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement following President Trump's departure from the Hanoi Summit with no final agreement between the U.S. and Chairman Kim of North Korea: "For more than 20 years, U.S. presidents of both parties have sought to engage with North Korea in an effort to convince North Korea that peace is the only path to prosperity. "The president was right to engage with Chairman Kim, and I… Continue Reading


February 27, 2019

Chairman Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on Assessing the Role of the U.S. in the World

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a hearing on "Assessing the Role of the U.S. in the World." The committee heard testimony from former Ambassador William Burns and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley. Chairman Risch delivered the following opening remarks: "For the first time in a generation, the United States is facing a great power competition that threatens to disrupt the world order America creat… Continue Reading


February 25, 2019

Chairman Risch Announces Upcoming Committee Activities Related to Saudi Arabia and Khashoggi Investigation

Washington, D.C. -- Ahead of upcoming briefings and committee activities related to Saudi Arabia and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement: "The administration has been in constant communication with me regarding the ongoing investigation into the horrific killing of Jamal Khashoggi. To date, they have been forthcoming with intelligence information in that I have received a significant numbe… Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

Chairman Risch and SFRC Members Send Letter to Pompeo, Request Information on Khashoggi Murder

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ron Johnson (R-MN), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), John Barrasso (R-WY), Rob Portman (R-OH), Todd Young (R-IN), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) requesting more information on Jamal Khashoggi's murder. "I am glad to lead this effort to pursue more information, which continues t… Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

Chairman Risch Welcomes Colombian President Duque to Capitol, Emphasizes Important Ties

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today welcomed His Excellency Ivan Duque, president of Colombia to the Capitol for a working coffee meeting. "The U.S. relies on Colombia as an anchor of stability and an important friend and ally in Latin America," said Chairman Risch. "I was glad to have the opportunity to meet with President Duque today to discuss many issues that are of importance to both our nations, from free trade to regio… Continue Reading


February 08, 2019

Risch, Menendez Announce SFRC Subcommittee Membership for 116 th Congress

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, today announced subcommittee chairmen and membership assignments for the 116 th Congress. "The Senate Foreign Relations Committee subcommittee chairs for the 116 th Congress bring an impressive amount of foreign policy knowledge to our committee," said Chairman Risch. "I am eager to empower the subcommittee chairs to hold hearings and address a wide ran… Continue Reading


February 07, 2019

SFRC to Take Up Resolution on Cancellation of Nord Stream 2 and Support of Ukraine Against Russian Aggression

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) issued the following statement announcing that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will take up S. Res. 27, a resolution calling for the cancellation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and, in response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine in the Kerch Strait, supporting a multinational freedom of navigation operation in the Black Sea, at the committee's ne… Continue Reading


February 07, 2019

Risch Meets with Canada's Foreign Minister and Ambassador, Raises Important Issues for Idaho

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday met with Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs and David MacNaughton, Canada's Ambassador to the U.S., to discuss pressing international issues, including a number of issues of importance to Idahoans, like the Columbia River Treaty and trade issues including softwood lumber and dairy. "Ms. Freeland, Ambassador MacNaughton, and I had a robust discussion on many iss… Continue Reading


February 05, 2019

Chairman Risch, Rubio, Gardner, McConnell Welcome Senate Passage of Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) welcomed the U.S. Senate's passage of the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 (S. 1) in an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 77 to 23. "I am glad to see passage of this incredibly important legislation concerning our diplomatic activities in the Middle East," Chairman Risch said.… Continue Reading


February 01, 2019

Risch Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from INF Treaty

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement on today's announcement that the United States has given notice that it will withdraw from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in six months: "I support the withdrawal of the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. I know that we have the unanimity of our allies in this decision, and we will continue to consult with them over the ne… Continue Reading


January 30, 2019

Chairman Risch and Colleagues Meet With Guaidó Administration Officials, Offer Full Support

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today welcomed Carlos Vecchio, Chargé d'Affaires of Venezuela, and a delegation of members of interim President Juan Guaidó's administration to the U.S. Senate. Risch and Vecchio were joined by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Ted Cruz (R-TX), as well as Special Representative of Venezuela to the Organization of American States, Gustavo Tarre Brice&nt… Continue Reading


January 25, 2019

Risch Statement on Resolution of Greek-Macedonian Name Dispute

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding the Greek Parliament's vote to ratify the Prespa Agreement. "I extend my congratulations to the people of Greece and Macedonia for the resolution of a long-running dispute over Macedonia's name. Today's vote in the Greek Parliament to ratify the Prespa Agreement and change Macedonia to North Macedonia will remove an obstacle to that nation's long-aw… Continue Reading


January 08, 2019

Risch Elected Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Announces Committee Membership

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) today was elected chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the 116 th Congress. Notably, Risch is the third Idahoan to serve as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, following William Borah's tenure from 1925-1933 and Frank Church's two year term from 1979-1980. "I am glad to have the confidence of my colleagues who have elected me chairman of this historic committee," said Risch. "I have a great deal of respect for the leg… Continue Reading


December 28, 2018

Corker Announces Portman Will Lead Congressional Efforts to End Modern Slavery Worldwide

WASHINGTON - As his time in Congress comes to a close, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced that Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) will take the helm of congressional efforts to combat modern slavery and human trafficking worldwide. "For years, Senator Portman has been a champion in Congress in the fight against human trafficking here at home, and I can think of no one better to take up the mantle in the global fight against this scou… Continue Reading


December 21, 2018

Corker, Menendez Praise House Passage of Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised House passage of legislation that strengthens U.S. global leadership in the fight to end modern slavery and human trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, which amends and reauthorizes international provisions of the Trafficking Victims Protect Act, will modify the criteria for determining whether c… Continue Reading

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