Ranking Member's Press

July 27, 2021

Risch Leads 12 Colleagues in Introducing UNRWA Accountability and Transparency Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led 12 colleagues in introducing the United Nations Relief and Works Agency Accountability and Transparency Act . This legislation outlines a comprehensive approach to cease U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), a successor entity, or to the U.N. regular budget for the support of UNRWA unless the Secretary of St… Continue Reading


July 22, 2021

Senator Risch Meets with Iranian-American Journalist Masih Alinejad

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday met with Masih Alinejad, the Iranian-American journalist who was targeted in an Iranian kidnapping plot. "It was an honor to meet Masih Alinejad yesterday," said Senator Risch. "The Iranian regime's attempt to kidnap her on U.S. soil in order to silence dissent proves just how far the regime is willing to go to spread its terror agenda. This is just the latest of Iran's long list… Continue Reading


July 21, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S. Policy on Turkey

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. policy on Turkey. The committee heard witness testimony from The Honorable Victoria Nuland, under secretary of State for political affairs.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman.“One of the clear takeaways from this hearing is going to be that there is bipartisan agreement on the ma… Continue Reading


July 21, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Meets with His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan:“I was glad to welcome my friend, His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan, back to our committee today. The U.S.-Jordanian friendship is a long-standing one, rooted in a shared commitment to promote regional stability, address the drivers of conflict, and ensure the enduring defeat of the Islamic State a… Continue Reading


July 20, 2021

Risch on U.S.-Germany Deal on Nord Stream 2

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 deal with Germany on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline:“This proposed “agreement,” to allow the completion of Nord Stream 2 between the United States and Germany is full of promises and assurances, but offers little in the way of meaningful measures to address the key national security threats Nord Stream 2 poses to U.S. allies and… Continue Reading


July 20, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing for Assistant Secretaries of State, Deputy USAID Administrator

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 Dr. Karen Donfried, nominee to be assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs, the Honorable Mary Catherine Phee, nominee to be assistant secretary of State for African affairs, Ms. Anne A. Witkowsky, nominee to be assistant secretary of State for conflict and stabilization operations, and M… Continue Reading


July 15, 2021

ICYMI: Risch to Power: COVAX Buying Chinese Vaccines is Ironic, Strange

Watch full exchange here .WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday questioned United States Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power on the irony of China profiting from selling it’s sub-par vaccines to COVAX after refusing to donate money or vaccines to the global vaccine initiative. A transcription of their full interaction can be found below:Risch: “ Thank you, Mr. Chairman“I was just astounded … Continue Reading


July 15, 2021

Leading Senators, Representatives Unveil Bipartisan Resolution Reaffirming Congressional Support for Cuba’s Pro-Democracy Movement

Bicameral resolution calls for holding the Cuban Regime accountable for its violent response to citizens demonstrating for basic freedoms, democracy and respect for human rightsWASHINGTON - 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, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), ranking member of the subcommittee covering the Western Hemisphere, Representatives Debbie… Continue Reading


July 15, 2021

Risch Joins Rubio, Colleagues in Introducing Resolution in Support of Cuban People

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), ranking member of the subcommittee overseeing the Western Hemisphere, in introducing a resolution in support of the courageous Cuban people as they lead historic protests throughout the island against six decades of repression and tyranny from the Castro and Díaz-Canel regime. The resolution highlights the dictatorship’s long record of oppressio… Continue Reading


July 14, 2021

Risch: Iran’s Attempt to Kidnap on U.S. Soil is Appalling, Admin. Must Cease Negotiations Immediately

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today urged the Biden Administration to suspend indirect negotiations with the Iranians in Vienna after four Iranian intelligence officials attempted to kidnap an American-based journalist:“Iran’s brazen attempt to kidnap an American journalist on U.S. soil is appalling and demonstrates just how little regard the Iranian regime has for ongoing negotiations. This level of criminality, in addit… Continue Reading


July 14, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on FY 2022 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 on the FY 2022 U.S. Agency for International Development (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 thank you, Administrator Power, for being here today.“This is truly an… Continue Reading


July 13, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing for Assistant Secretaries of State, Ambassador to Vietnam

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 Ms. Monica P. Medina, nominee to be assistant secretary of State for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs, the Honorable Gentry O. Smith, nominee to be assistant secretary of State for diplomatic security, the Honorable Rena Bitter, nominee to be assistant secretary of State for consul… Continue Reading


July 09, 2021

Risch on 10th Anniversary of South Sudan’s Independence

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the 10th anniversary of South Sudan's independence: "Today, the people of South Sudan celebrate 10 years of independence. Unfortunately, they have yet to realize the promises of their hard-won struggle due to the selfishness, violence, and corruption of their leaders. "The United States has walked with the South Sudanese along this journey, and we… Continue Reading


July 07, 2021

Risch on Upcoming UNSC Vote to Renew Syria Cross-Border Aid

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement ahead of the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) vote to renew and expand cross-border humanitarian aid into Syria:“Over the last two years, three of four U.N.-backed and monitored border crossings allowing life-saving aid into Syria have closed thanks to Russia and China’s veto powers on the UNSC. Currently, more than 90% of the Syrian population i… Continue Reading


July 06, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Welcomes Foreign Relations Committee Summer Interns

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently welcomed seven new committee interns for the summer term. “On behalf of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee minority, I’m glad to welcome a new group of talented interns for our summer term,” said Risch. “These students will experience firsthand how Congress handles major global issues like the COVID-19 pandemic, malign international actors, defending human rights around the wo… Continue Reading


July 01, 2021

Risch on State Department’s Annual Trafficking in Persons Report

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of State released its 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report:“The State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report is an important opportunity to address the global scourge of human trafficking - an issue that requires every government to commit to prosecuting perpetrators, preventing further victimization, and protecting tra… Continue Reading


June 30, 2021

Risch Condemns China’s Crackdown in Hong Kong on Anniversary of National Security Law

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of Beijing’s National Security Law in Hong Kong:“The so-called National Security Law essentially strips Hong Kong’s autonomy, quashes the rights and freedoms guaranteed to its people, and calls into question the city’s future as an international financial hub. Over the last year, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), working th… Continue Reading


June 29, 2021

SFRC Ranking Member, Chairman Joint Statement in Support of Democratic Elections in Libya

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 issued the below statement in support of democratic elections in Libya: "We strongly support ongoing efforts by Libyan delegates in Geneva to establish a new constitutional framework for democratic elections in December. This presents an historic opportunity for Libyans to end the cycle of violence and chaos that has wracked their country for the… Continue Reading


June 28, 2021

Risch, Menendez Introduce Comprehensive Global Health Legislation to Respond to COVID-19 and Better Prepare for Future Pandemics

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign relations Committee, last week introduced comprehensive global health legislation entitled the International Pandemic Preparedness and COVID-19 Response Act (S. 2297) to improve global health and pandemic preparedness and enhance COVID-19 response efforts. "Over the past 17 months, we have rightly focused on the domestic and international response to the COVID-19 pandemic,… Continue Reading


June 24, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Meets with Afghan President Ghani, Chairman Abdullah Abdullah

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after meeting with Afghan President Ghani and Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah: "I was glad to have the opportunity to meet with President Ghani and Chairman Abdullah Abdullah today, whose presence in Washington this week underscores the urgent situation in their country. "I have deep reservations about the de… Continue Reading

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