Ranking Member's Press

May 12, 2022

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S. Efforts to Support Ukraine Against Russian Aggression

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. efforts to support Ukraine against Russian aggression. The committee heard witness testimony from The Honorable Jessica Lewis, assistant secretary of State for political-military affairs, The Honorable Erin McKee, assistant administrator for Europe and Eurasia at State, The Honorable Karen Donfried, assistant secreta… Continue Reading


May 11, 2022

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on USAID Budget Request

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 to review the FY2023 USAID budget request. The committee heard witness testimony from The Honorable Samantha Power, administrator of USAID. Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and welcome Administrator Power. Glad to have you here. Certainly you are at the center of one of the most impo… Continue Reading


May 11, 2022

Risch, Menendez, Kaine, Rubio Introduce International Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2022

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, were joined today by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in introducing the International Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2022 (TVPRA), comprehensive legislation to reauthorize and enhance critical programming, policy, and funding essential to the United States’ efforts to combat human trafficking across the world.B… Continue Reading


May 10, 2022

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing for Ambassadors to Ukraine, Chad, Coordinator for Counterterrorism

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 Bridget A. Brink, nominee to be ambassador to Ukraine, Ms. Elizabeth H. Richard, nominee to be coordinator for counterterrorism, and The Honorable Alexander Mark Laskaris, nominee to be ambassador to Chad.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks:“Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you to a… Continue Reading


May 05, 2022

Risch, Menendez, Markey, Romney Introduce Senate Resolution in Support of Upcoming U.S.-ASEAN Special Summit

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 were joined by Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, in introducing a new Senate resolution ahead of the U.S.-ASEAN Special Summit next week to welcome the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and to urge c… Continue Reading


May 04, 2022

Risch on Committee Passage of South Pacific Tuna Treaty, Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition Agreements with Croatia, Kigali Amendment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded committee passage of three treaties: South Pacific Tuna Treaty "As China attempts to increase its influence in the South Pacific, it's important we reaffirm and strengthen our cooperation and partnership with island nations in the region," said Risch. "For several decades, the South Pacific Tuna Treaty has been an important part of our relations with the South Pacific Island… Continue Reading


May 03, 2022

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on State Department Authorization

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 State Department authorization and strengthening U.S. diplomacy for the 21st century. The committee heard witness testimony from The Honorable Brian McKeon, deputy secretary of State for management and resources.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you Deputy Secretary McKeo… Continue Reading


April 27, 2022

Risch on Announcement of Food Aid to Meet Extraordinary Needs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to the president’s decision to drawdown $282 million from the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust (BEHT) in order to address historic levels of food insecurity, exacerbated by the Putin regime’s war against Ukraine: “The Putin regime’s brutal, unprovoked war against Ukraine has exacerbated historic levels of food insecurity and will inevitably extend far… Continue Reading


April 27, 2022

Risch, Menendez Celebrate Senate Passage of Resolution Honoring Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

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 released the following statements praising the Senate’s passage of their resolution to celebrate the life, achievements, and legacy of former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. The bipartisan resolution celebrates Secretary Albright’s efforts to advance a more peaceful, prosperous, and cooperative world order, and offers the Senate’s condol… Continue Reading


April 27, 2022

Risch on Release of Trevor Reed from Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on news of American citizen Trevor Reed’s release from Russian prison:“I welcome the news that American citizen Trevor Reed has been released from Russian prison where he was being held hostage by Putin. We are glad he will return to his family and friends in the United States. During his illegal imprisonment, Trevor faced dire conditions which caused se… Continue Reading


April 26, 2022

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing to Review FY2023 State Department Budget Request

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 the FY2023 State Department budget request. The committee heard witness testimony from The Honorable Antony J. Blinken, secretary of State.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and Mr. Secretary, thank you for visiting with us today. And, on a personal note, thank you for visiting with… Continue Reading


April 22, 2022

Risch and Menendez on Russian Government’s Targeting of Opposition Activist Vladimir Kara-Murza

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following joint statement in reaction to the Russian government's new trumped up criminal charges against opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza imprisoned for sharing information about Putin's war crimes in Ukraine: "The Putin regime's new fabricated charges against Vladimir Kara-Murza are a testament to Putin's deeply held fear of the Russ… Continue Reading


April 12, 2022

Risch on State Department's 2021 Human Rights Reports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding the State Department’s annual human rights reports released today:“The State Department’s 2021 human rights country reports reaffirm the strength of our enduring democracy, but also highlight those experiencing democratic backsliding and attacks on internationally-recognized human rights.“Dictators, authoritarian regimes, and other corrupt actors go … Continue Reading


April 12, 2022

Risch Joins Rubio, Intel Republicans in Urging Biden Administration to Share Critical Intelligence with Ukrainians

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and fellow committee members U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) in sending a letter to Director of National Intellige… Continue Reading


April 08, 2022

Risch, Menendez, Meeks, McCaul Statement on Staff-Level Agreement Between IMF, Lebanese Government

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, were joined by Representatives Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in welcoming the recent staff-level agreement between the International Monetary Fund and the Lebanese government to provide the country with much-needed assistance in the midst of its financial crisis: … Continue Reading


April 08, 2022

Risch, Manchin Introduce International Nuclear Energy Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced the International Nuclear Energy Act . This bipartisan legislation establishes an Executive Office for Nuclear Energy Policy to promote engagement with ally and partner nations to develop a civil nuclear export strategy and offset China and Russia’s growing influence on international nuclear … Continue Reading


April 08, 2022

Risch, Menendez Lead Colleagues in Unveiling Resolution Honoring Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

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 were joined by 16 of their Committee colleagues in introducing a resolution to celebrate the life, achievements, and legacy of former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. In addition to commending Secretary Albright's patriotism and public service in the pursuit of a more peaceful, prosperous, and cooperative world order, the bipartisan resol… Continue Reading


April 07, 2022

Risch Joins Cotton, Colleagues in Calling on Biden to Provide Israel with Support to Defend Itself from Iran

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) in a letter to President Joe Biden urging the administration to provide Israel with the military capabilities it needs to defend itself and … Continue Reading


April 07, 2022

Risch on Pending Appointment to USICA Conference Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the announcement that he would be appointed to the conference committee to continue debate on the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA):“For the last three years, I have worked with colleagues on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to craft comprehensive legislation to better compete with China and address the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) … Continue Reading


April 06, 2022

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on Treaties

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 to evaluate treaties. The witnesses for panel one included: Mr. Richard Visek, acting legal adviser at State, Dr. John Thompson, deputy assistant secretary for environment at State, and Major General Vaughn Ary (ret.), director of the office of international affairs at Department of Justice.On panel two, the witnesses includ… Continue Reading

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