Ranking Member's Press

April 23, 2021

Risch, Johnson, Shaheen Introduce Bipartisan Resolution in Support of Full Implementation of Georgia’s April 19th Agreement to Strengthen its Democracy

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), ranking member and chair of the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, announced the introduction of a bipartisan resolution in support of full implementation of Georgia’s April 19th agreement to end the political impasse. The resolution reaffirms the United States’ support for Georgia’s path to bolstering democr… Continue Reading


April 22, 2021

Risch, Menendez Joint Statement Ahead of Elections in Albania

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) issued the following joint statement in the lead-up to the elections in Albania scheduled for this weekend: "As Albania prepares for national elections on April 25, we encourage the Albanian people to vote. We urge authorities to ensure that voters are able to exercise this fundamental right free from intimidation and violence. We also expect all candidates to act in accord… Continue Reading


April 22, 2021

Risch Leads 20 Colleagues in Urging Administration to Cease Assistance to UNRWA Until Reforms are Secured

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led 20 colleagues in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressing concern for the administration's recent decision to resume U.S. foreign assistance funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The senators also encouraged the administration to cease this funding until significant reforms to UNRWA are secured. Joinin… Continue Reading


April 21, 2021

Risch, Menendez on Committee Passage of Ukraine Security Partnership Act

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 applauded committee passage of their Ukraine Security Partnership Act. This legislation increases and improves U.S. military support to Ukraine, and sends a message that the United States will continue to support the people of Ukraine, their ability to defend themselves, and the country's democratic transition. "Today, as Russia masses more than … Continue Reading


April 21, 2021

Risch, Menendez Statement on Committee Passage of Comprehensive, Bipartisan China Bill

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 applauded committee passage of their bipartisan, comprehensive China legislation. Entitled the Strategic Competition Act, the legislation is an unprecedented, bipartisan effort to mobilize all United States strategic, economic, and diplomatic tools for an Indo-Pacific strategy that enables the U.S. government to compete effectively with the People… Continue Reading


April 20, 2021

Risch, Menendez, Shaheen: U.S. Must Hold Assad Accountable for Illegal Use of Chemical Weapons

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 Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), chair of the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken ahead of this week's Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Conference of States Parties expressing support for enforcing the international norm against the use of chemical weapo… Continue Reading


April 20, 2021

Risch: Georgian Parties Must Uphold New Political Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on yesterday's agreement between the Georgian government and opposition party leaders to end a political deadlock following last October's national election: "Monday's political agreement between the Georgian government and opposition party leaders is a significant step toward resolving the political crisis that has gripped the country for months. I am glad t… Continue Reading


April 16, 2021

Risch, McCaul Condemn Russian Aggression in Ukraine, Call for Implementation of Mandatory NS2 Sanctions

WASHINGTON - In response to Russia's massive military buildup on its border with Ukraine and in illegally occupied Crimea, the increase in fighting in eastern Ukraine, and Russia's anti-Ukraine disinformation campaign, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), lead Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the below statement: "In the face of the Kremlin's hostile, unprovoked, and de… Continue Reading


April 15, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing for Under Secretaries of State

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 Victoria Nuland to be under secretary of State for political affairs and Ms. Uzra Zeya to be under secretary of State for civilian security, democracy, and human rights.“Thank you, Mr. Chairman.“We all know under secretaries of State serve an important role at the Department. They are responsible… Continue Reading


April 15, 2021

Risch: Administration is Foot-Dragging on NS2 Sanctions

U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the administration's announcement of new sanctions against Russia for the SolarWinds intrusion, reports of bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and attempts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. elections: "We've heard for weeks that sanctions on Russia were coming, and now the administration has finally taken action. I commend the administration for these actions, … Continue Reading


April 14, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Joins Effort to Block Iran Sanctions Relief

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty's (R-Tenn.) Iran Sanctions Relief Review Act of 2021 (S. 488), legislation to enable congressional review of executive branch proposals to terminate or waive sanctions imposed with respect to Iran. "It's increasingly clear that the Biden Administration's promises to 'lengthen and strengthen' the Iran nuclear deal are instead an attempt to re-enter the f… Continue Reading


April 13, 2021

Risch: Biden’s Plan to Withdraw U.S. Troops from Afghanistan Fails to Guarantee America’s Safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the Biden Administration's plan to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by September 2021: "This plan fails to guarantee America's safety. I have long called for a responsible end to the war in Afghanistan, but for doing so in a manner that keeps Americans safe. A rushed and political decision to withdraw without consideration of our counter… Continue Reading


April 13, 2021

Risch, Cornyn, Colleagues Ask Biden to Fund Initiatives to Increase U.S. Semiconductor Production

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) joined U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) in leading a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden requesting that he fund the initiatives to restore semiconductor manufacturing to American soil from the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act that were signed into law as part of the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act. They wrote, "We write today to encourage you to p… Continue Reading


April 08, 2021

Ranking Member Risch on New Bipartisan, Comprehensive China Legislation

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on his new bipartisan, comprehensive China legislation with Chairman Menendez entitled the Strategic Competition Act. This legislation lays out a strategic approach towards Beijing so that the United States can effectively compete with China for decades to come. "It does a great service to the people of the United States and the world when we can find… Continue Reading


April 07, 2021

Risch, McCaul: Biden Administration Should Have Secured Concessions Before Resuming Assistance to Palestinians

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), lead Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today released the following statement on the Biden Administration's decision to restart assistance to the Palestinians: "Resuming assistance to the West Bank and Gaza without concessions from the Palestinian Authority (PA) undermines U.S. interests. The PA is spending millions annually to co… Continue Reading


March 30, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Statement on State Department's 2020 Human Rights Report

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 report released today: "The State Department's 2020 human rights report provides an opportunity to reflect on how fortunate we are as Americans to be able to exercise our unalienable rights every day. The freedoms of assembly, speech, religion, and the press are the foundation of our enduring democracy. "U… Continue Reading


March 26, 2021

Risch, Portman, Booker, Young, and Cardin Introduce Israel Relations Normalization Act of 2021

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the Israel Relations Normalization Act of 2021. The bill builds upon the success of the Abraham Accords, the peace and normalization agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco, by stating … Continue Reading


March 25, 2021

Bipartisan Group of Senators Make Case for Comprehensive Diplomatic Approach Towards Iran in New Letter to President Biden

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and 40 Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Joe Biden outlining the pillars of a comprehensive diplomatic Iran strategy that will garner bipartisan support in Congress. "While we may have differing views on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of 2015… Continue Reading


March 24, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Remarks at Hearing on the State of Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today gave remarks at a hearing on the state of democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean. The committee heard witness testimony from the Honorable Luis Almagro, secretary general of the Organization of American States, Ms. Deborah Ullmer, regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Democratic Institute, and Dr. Ryan C. Berg, fellow at the American Enterprise Inst… Continue Reading


March 24, 2021

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves New Legislation to Confront Growing Threat of Terrorism in the Sahel

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 praised the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's approval of S.615, their bipartisan legislation authorizing the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP) program to combat the growing threat of terrorism in the Sahel region of Africa. Entitled the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership Program Act, the bipartisan legislation establishe… Continue Reading

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