Ranking Member's Press

November 18, 2021

Risch Objects to Moving NDAA Package without Nord Stream 2 Provision

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, took to the Senate floor tonight to object to moving the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) without his amendment that would sanction the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Putin's premier energy weapon against Ukraine and Europe. "Madam President, I'm reserving my right to object. I want to speak today on behalf of my amendment, Risch 4794, which is not included on that list, which I've… Continue Reading


November 18, 2021

Ahead of 2021 Halifax International Security Forum, Risch & Shaheen Announce Additional Participants and Plenaries

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, announced additional members of the bipartisan congressional delegation that they will lead to the Halifax International Security Forum this weekend, as well as new details surrounding panels and plenaries that will address the most pressing issues facing U.S. national secu… Continue Reading


November 18, 2021

Risch, Durbin, Leahy, Members Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Support Upcoming Presidential Election in The Gambia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Senate Majority Whip, Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, along with Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, and John Boozman (R-Ark.), today introduced a bipartisan resolution expressing support for a free, fair, and pe… Continue Reading


November 18, 2021

Risch, McCaul Statement Ahead of Venezuela’s Elections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement ahead of Sunday’s sham elections in Venezuela:“Let there be no mistake - Sunday’s regional and municipal elections in Venezuela are nothing more than a sham. The illegitimate Maduro regime has taken drastic measures to dismantle or control every independent… Continue Reading


November 17, 2021

Risch Statement on Violence During Sudanese Protests

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after reports of Sudanese protesters being shot by security forces and dozens reportedly dying:“Today, thousands of Sudanese took to the streets to demonstrate against the military junta, led by General Burhan. On October 25, the military junta violated a political agreement and seized power from a civilian-led transitional government, upending Sudan's h… Continue Reading


November 17, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on Afghanistan 2001-2021

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 20 years of U.S. policy in Afghanistan and lessons learned. Witnesses included Ms. Laurel E. Miller, director of the Asia program for the International Crisis Group, and the Honorable Ryan Crocker, nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: … Continue Reading


November 16, 2021

Risch: Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympics is Correct Call

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on reports that the United States will not send government officials to the Beijing Olympics in February. The Strategic Competition Act, legislation authored by Senators Risch and Menendez that was adopted into the United States Innovation and Competition Act and passed the Senate in June, included a provision calling for the diplomatic boycott of these … Continue Reading


November 16, 2021

Risch on Biden-Xi Virtual Meeting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the conclusion of President Biden’s virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping:“While the Biden Administration would like to cooperate with Beijing on certain global issues, the CCP has shown time and again that it can’t be trusted - it always puts the Party’s interests first. In the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, it put its interests ahead … Continue Reading


November 12, 2021

Risch, Menendez, Meeks, McCaul Joint Statement on Houthi Breach of U.S. Embassy in Yemen

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representatives Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today released the following joint statement to condemn the Houthi breach of the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen, and the subsequent harassment and detainment of U.S. current and former locally-employed staff.“We are … Continue Reading


November 08, 2021

Risch Leads Colleagues in NS2 Amendment to NDAA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last week led Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in introducing an amendment to the FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act to stop the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline project. The amendment imposes mandatory sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG, the Kremlin-owned company in charge of Putin's malign pipeline project… Continue Reading


November 08, 2021

Risch, Cassidy, Menendez Lead Colleagues in Calling Out Fraudulent Elections in Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in releasing the following statement after the sham elections in Nicaragua on November 7:“We strongly condemn the Ortega-… Continue Reading


November 05, 2021

Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committee Leaders Introduce Bicameral Resolution Condemning Coup in Sudan

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representatives Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Michael T. McCaul (R-Texas), chair and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement following the introduction of a joint resolution condemning the October 25, 2021 military coup in Sudan: "We strongly condemn the actions of General Burhan and all tho… Continue Reading


November 05, 2021

Risch, Shaheen Introduce Resolution in Support of Lithuania’s Relationship with Taiwan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), chair of the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, introduced a resolution commending the government of Lithuania for increasing ties with Taiwan and supporting its firm stance against coercion by the Chinese Communist Party. "On July 20, 2021, the government of Lithuania announced the opening of a Taiwan Representative Office in its capital … Continue Reading


November 05, 2021

Risch Introduces Amendments on Ukraine, CFIUS, State Authorization to NDAA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday introduced amendments to the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act that would provide Ukraine with material support in the face of Russian aggression, counter malign Chinese influence in U.S. universities, and authorize the State Department for the first time since 2003.Ukraine Security Partnership Act “For the last seven years, Ukraine has stood on the frontline of Russian agg… Continue Reading


November 05, 2021

Risch, Menendez Introduce Comprehensive Global Health Legislation as Amendment to NDAA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday introduced their International Pandemic Preparedness and COVID-19 Response Act (S. 2297) as an amendment to the FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This bipartisan legislation, passed out of committee on July 28, 2021, improves global health and pandemic preparedness and enhances COVID-19 response efforts. “I’m proud to introduc… Continue Reading


November 04, 2021

Risch, Menendez, Coons Introduce New Sanctions Bill Targeting Parties Involved in Conflict in Tigray

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) were joined today by State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) in marking one year since the beginning of the conflict in Ethiopia with the introduction of their Ethiopia Peace and Democracy Promotion Act of 2021 , bipartisan legislation to bolster the United States’ diplomatic, development, and legal response to support democr… Continue Reading


November 04, 2021

Risch, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Bolster Deterrence in Taiwan Strait

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in introducing the Taiwan Deterrence Act , legislation to bolster deterrence across the Taiwan Strait and strengthen Taiwan’s ability to defend against Chinese aggression and coercion.“The defense of Taiwan is critical to the future peace and security of the e… Continue Reading


November 03, 2021

Risch: Admin, Allies, and Partners Should Bolster Support for Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the buildup of Russian troops and military equipment on the Ukrainian border:“I am increasingly concerned by news reports of Russian movements on Ukraine’s border. The Biden Administration should consult with Congress on how it plans to provide Ukraine the timely support it needs to deter Russian aggression. Our allies and partners should also lift an… Continue Reading


November 02, 2021

Risch: Ethiopian Government, TPLF Should Commit to Ceasefire, Political Dialogue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement marking one year since the start of the war in northern Ethiopia and on the Biden Administration's announcement today of its intent to terminate Ethiopia's eligibility for trade preferences under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). "This week marks one year since the start of a horrific war in northern Ethiopia that has imperiled the country and it… Continue Reading


November 02, 2021

Risch: Admin. Should Not Lend Credibility to Fraudulent Elections in Venezuela

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the United States Agency for International Development’s decision to support a Carter Center election observation mission to Venezuela for the November 21 elections:“I am deeply concerned the Biden Administration is underwriting an election observation mission to the fraudulent November 21 elections in Venezuela. This decision calls into serious quest… Continue Reading

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