Ranking Member's Press

October 22, 2021

Risch, Markey, Romney, Menendez Announce Resolution Marking 30-Year Anniversary of Cambodia Paris Peace Agreements

Senators call upon Cambodian government to live up to its commitments to democracy and neutrality. WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), chairman and ranking member of the East Asia Subcommittee on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced a resolution commemorating the landmark Cambodia Pari… Continue Reading


October 21, 2021

Risch, Inhofe, Portman Request Investigation into SIV Program Shortcomings Amid Afghanistan Withdrawal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to the inspectors general of the Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Agency for International Development requesting they launch a joi… Continue Reading


October 20, 2021

Risch, Coons Reiterate U.S. Support for Sudan’s Transition, Call For Peaceful Demonstrations Tomorrow

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chris Coons (D-Del.), member of the Subcommittee on African Affairs and chairman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, today released the following statement on the challenges facing Sudan's transition to democracy and protests planned for Thursday in Khartoum:“Supporting Sudan's ongoing political and economic transition remains a top priority for the United St… Continue Reading


October 20, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing for Ambassadors to Japan and Singapore

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. The second panel consisted of the Honorable Rahm Emanuel, nominee to be ambassador to Japan, and Mr. Jonathan Eric Kaplan, nominee to be ambassador to the Republic of Singapore.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks for the second panel: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you to both of our nominees for… Continue Reading


October 20, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing for Ambassador to China

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. The first panel consisted of the Honorable R. Nicholas Burns, nominee to be ambassador to the People's Republic of China.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks for the first panel:“Well thank you, Mr. Chairman.“Like many members of the committee, I have known Nick for a long time. We first met in the ear… Continue Reading


October 19, 2021

Risch, Booker on Committee Passage of South Sudan Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) released the following statements on today’s committee passage of S.Res.380, a resolution reiterating United States support for the people of the Republic of South Sudan in their quest for lasting peace, stability, and democracy after 10 years of independence. The resolution also calls for a review of U.S. policy toward South Sudan given the persistent intercommunal … Continue Reading


October 19, 2021

Risch Meets with IAEA Director General Grossi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after meeting with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi today: “Iran continues to steadily advance its nuclear program, while violating its international obligations and preventing the IAEA from fulfilling its monitoring responsibilities. Its failure to provide credible answers to the IAEA’s questions regarding its un… Continue Reading


October 18, 2021

Risch on Passing of Secretary Powell

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the passing of Colin Powell, a former four-star general in the United States Army who served as Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and National Security Advisor under four administrations:“Secretary Powell was a true leader who will be immortalized in history for his long career of distinguished service to our country. He serve… Continue Reading


October 14, 2021

Risch: Rejoining the UNHRC is a Disgrace

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the election of 18 new members to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC): "Today's UNHRC election is a sham - every country, including the United States, is running unopposed. The United States should not be lending its legitimacy to a body that includes perpetrators of human rights abuses like China, Venezuela, and Cuba. Additionally, the Council… Continue Reading


October 14, 2021

Risch, Shaheen, Menendez Lead Bipartisan Letter to Blinken Asking for Immediate Appointment of Official to Address Directed Energy Attacks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging the immediate appointment of a senior-level official to lead efforts on anomalous health incidents following the resignation of Pamela Spratlen. In the letter, the… Continue Reading


October 13, 2021

Risch on Upcoming Meeting between Biden and Kenyan President Kenyatta

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the upcoming meeting between President Joe Biden and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta: "Kenya is an important strategic partner and strong U.S. ally in East Africa, and though it's long overdue, I'm glad President Biden is finally meeting with an African leader at the White House. From the U.N. Security Council to counterterrorism operations in the r… Continue Reading


October 12, 2021

Risch Leads 29 Colleagues in Introducing Comprehensive Afghanistan Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently led 29 colleagues in introducing the Afghanistan Counterterrorism, Oversight, and Accountability Act, legislation to address the outstanding issues related to the administration's rushed and disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. Joining Risch as cosponsors are Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Todd Young (R-Ind.), John… Continue Reading


October 08, 2021

Ranking Members Warn Against Bypassing Treaty Process

WASHINGTON - The top Republicans on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, and the U.S. Senate Banking Committee expressed serious concerns with the Administration’s recent suggestions it is considering circumventing the Senate’s constitutional treaty authority in implementing a global tax agreement. Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Finance Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Banking Committee Ranking Member P… Continue Reading


October 08, 2021

Risch: Abiy Must Show Leadership in Bringing Peace to Ethiopia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the swearing-in of Prime Minister Abiy and the devastating security and humanitarian crises facing Ethiopia:“As Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed begins his first full term in office this week, he must move beyond the politics of transition and begin tackling the hard truths underlying the many crises facing all Ethiopians. Decisive political leadership… Continue Reading


October 08, 2021

Risch Celebrates Taiwan’s National Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement ahead of Taiwan’s National Day on October 10:“I want to wish the people of Taiwan a happy national day. Taiwan is an important U.S. partner in the Indo-Pacific and a model of democracy in Asia. Over the last few years, the past year especially, Taiwan has been under enormous economic and military pressure from the People’s Republic of China. It is now mo… Continue Reading


October 05, 2021

Risch: Admin’s Declassification of U.S. Nuclear Stockpile is a Mistake

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the administration’s declassification of the number of active and inactive warheads in the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile:“The Biden Administration has repeated the Obama Administration’s mistake of declassifying the U.S. nuclear stockpile. China and Russia failed to reciprocate any transparency when the United States did this during the Obama era, an… Continue Reading


October 05, 2021

Risch, McCaul: Normalization with Assad Regime is Wrong

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, today released the following statement on reports of U.S. partners pursuing normalization with the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria:“Bashar al-Assad has inflicted enormous suffering on the Syrian people, slaughtering hundreds of thousands of Syrians and committing crimes against humanity wi… Continue Reading


October 05, 2021

Risch, Menendez, Rubio, Warner Urge President Biden to Expel Russian Diplomats if Moscow Embassy Cuts Continue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), vice chairman and chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to take immediate action to increase staffing at the U.S. embassy in Moscow, and, if the Russian Government does not cooperate, to expel 300 Russian diplomats.“This disproportionality in… Continue Reading


October 05, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing

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. Lisa A. Carty, nominee to be ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, Mr. Steven C. Bondy, nominee to be ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Ms. Mallory A. Stewart, nominee to be assistant secretary of State for arms control, verification, and compliance.Ranking Member Ris… Continue Reading


October 04, 2021

Risch on Recent Elections in Georgia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the municipal elections conducted in Georgia over the weekend: "This weekend's elections in Georgia were incredibly disappointing and a dramatic departure from the 2012 elections that I observed. The international community will continue to pay close attention to the conduct of the second round of elections for the races that were not yet decided," s… Continue Reading

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