Ranking Member's Press

March 28, 2022

Risch: Maintaining U.S. Nuclear Declaratory Policy is Right Choice

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 Biden Administration has decided to maintain long-standing U.S. nuclear declaratory policy:“Our allies made clear to me that they strongly preferred not making any changes to U.S. policy regarding the use of nuclear weapons. While President Biden has apparently rejected the most radical changes to that policy, he should not have waste… Continue Reading


March 28, 2022

Risch on FY2023 Budget Request: Focusing on Climate Policies Won’t Stop Malign Actions from Russia, China, Iran

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on President Biden’s FY2023 international affairs budget request:“I’ve consistently argued that the greatest threat to U.S. national security is our spiraling debt. Perhaps an even greater threat is an administration that consistently fails to prioritize the people, partners, and programs that actually can help keep us safe. President Biden’s FY2023 inte… Continue Reading


March 27, 2022

Risch on CNN’s State of the Union: Biden Was Mistaken to Call for Regime Change in Russia

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Dana Bash on CNN's State of the Union to discuss Russia's war against Ukraine. To watch the full interview on YouTube, click here. To download the full interview on Google Drive, click here. On President Biden's trip to Brussels: "He gave a good speech at the end, but as you pointed out already, there was a horrendous gaffe right at the end of it. I wish he would stay on… Continue Reading


March 24, 2022

Risch Joins Lee, Colleagues in Advocating for Ukrainian Orphans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this week joined Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and 38 members of Congress in sending a bicameral letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken advocating that the State Department assist Ukrainian refugees and aid American families who have already begun the process of adopting Ukrainian orphans. The letter asks the Department of State to aid the Ukrainian government to establish a consular office … Continue Reading


March 24, 2022

Risch: We Must Learn from Ukraine, Take Proactive Action on Taiwan Now

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement outlining steps Congress and the Biden Administration should take to deter increasing Chinese military aggression towards Taiwan:“Congress - working across the aisle and with the administration - has the opportunity to take real steps now to deter Chinese military aggression towards Taiwan. Given U.S. interests at stake, we need to do more than just sell… Continue Reading


March 24, 2022

Risch on Concrete Steps NATO Should be Taking to Help Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on concrete steps NATO should take to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia’s unprovoked war:“As we enter the second month of Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine, it’s time NATO employs one of its fundamental security tasks - crisis management. This includes stronger logistical support and coordination among NATO allies to supply Ukraine with foo… Continue Reading


March 23, 2022

Senators Risch, Markey, Romney, Menendez Welcome Committee Passage of Resolution Commemorating 1991 Cambodia Paris Peace Agreements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the East Asia Subcommittee, Mitt Romney (R-Utah), ranking member of the East Asia Subcommittee, and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today welcomed action by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to advance their resolution commemorating the landmark Cambodia Paris Peace Agreements. The Agreements, which were … Continue Reading


March 23, 2022

Risch, Menendez, Kaine, Rubio Celebrate Committee Approval of U.S.-Ecuador 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, and Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, today applauded the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's passage of their United States-Ecuador Partnership Act of 2022. The bipartisan proposal, which now moves on to the Senate floor for a final vote, is the first legisla… Continue Reading


March 23, 2022

Risch, Shaheen Applaud Committee Passage of 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, today applauded committee passage of a resolution commending the government of Lithuania for increasing ties with Taiwan and supporting its firm stance against coercion by the Chinese Communist Party.“Lithuania deserves recognition for its decision to stand with Taiwan despite the backlash it … Continue Reading


March 23, 2022

Risch on Committee Passage of Legislation on El Salvador, Diplomatic Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded committee passage of S. 3666, legislation to mitigate risks related to El Salvador’s adoption of Bitcoin as legal tender, and S. 816, legislation to recalibrate the State Department’s risk tolerance abroad. On the Accountability for Cryptocurrency in El Salvador Act: “As El Salvador has adopted Bitcoin as legal tender, it’s important we understand and mitigate potential risks… Continue Reading


March 22, 2022

Risch Joins Rubio, Colleagues in Introducing Bill to Reauthorize the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) in introducing legislation to reauthorize the independent, bipartisan United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) through fiscal year 2024. “Religious freedom is increasingly under attack around the world,” said Risch. “The U… Continue Reading


March 22, 2022

Risch: Biden Should Not Arrive at Brussels Empty-Handed

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement ahead of President Biden’s trip to Brussels for a NATO summit:“President Biden should not arrive at Brussels empty-handed. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is a defining moment for NATO, underscoring the precise reason NATO was formed. The parties should unequivocally affirm their original commitments to the promises of NATO. Germany has already taken bold st… Continue Reading


March 22, 2022

Risch: Iran Deal Negotiated Behind Closed Doors Will Reward Terrorists and Human Rights Offenders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding the administration’s efforts to rejoin JCPOA:“The Biden Administration has continued its pursuit of a deal with Iran despite objections from our Middle East partners and legitimate oversight concerns from both chambers of Congress. Reports out of Vienna are unsettling at best, and I’m appalled at the concessions this administration is consideri… Continue Reading


March 21, 2022

Risch, Menendez Statement on U.S. Genocide Designation for Burma

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 statement after the Biden Administration formally declared the Burmese military committed genocide and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya Muslim population:“Today, the Biden Administration confirmed what has been clear for many years: the Burmese military’s campaign of systematic attacks, killing, and rape against … Continue Reading


March 17, 2022

Risch, Van Hollen, Rounds Introduce Somaliland Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, today introduced the Somaliland Partnership Act to require the Department of State to report to Congress on engagement with Somaliland, and to conduct a feasibility study, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, regarding the establishment of a partner… Continue Reading


March 16, 2022

Risch, Tuberville, Colleagues Demand Russian Companies be Banned from U.S. Capital Markets

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined U.S. Senators Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) today in calling on President Biden to ban Russian companies from the United States financial system to ensure American investors are not inadvertently providing capital to fund Russia’s war against Ukraine. The Senate Republicans, representing the Foreign… Continue Reading


March 16, 2022

Risch on Ukraine: The World Is Desperate for American Leadership

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined his Republican colleagues in a press conference to discuss Russia's continued aggression against Ukraine and President Zelenskyy's address to Congress. Watch Senator Risch's full opening remarks on YouTube here. Download Senator Risch's opening remarks on Google Drive here. On the need to help Ukraine enforce a no-fly zone: "President Zelenskyy is right calling for a no-fl… Continue Reading


March 16, 2022

Risch on Zelenskyy’s Address to Congress: We Have To Do More

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the U.S. Congress in a joint session this morning:“President Zelenskyy is a courageous leader, who is truly grateful for what the United States has done to help Ukraine to date. But I agree with him completely - we have to do more. Congress, and more specifically, the Senate, stands with the Ukraini… Continue Reading


March 15, 2022

Risch, Menendez on Elimination of Press Freedom in Russia

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 statement on the elimination of press freedom in Russia following Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.“Freedom of the press is a foundational pillar of democracy, and as such, an active threat to Vladimir Putin. In the two weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine, Putin has brazenly focused on eliminating any last shred of free… Continue Reading


March 15, 2022

Top Congressional Republicans Urge Austin, Blinken to Quickly Send Much-Needed Military Equipment to Ukraine with Just-Passed Supplemental Funding

WASHINGTON - Top Senate and House Republicans today urged Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to make quick and decisive use of emergency funds provided by Congress to support the Ukrainian Armed Forces against the unwarranted and unprovoked Russian invasion. Last week, Congress passed H.R. 2471, which included an emergency supplemental that includes $3 billion in direct authority and funding for the United States to deliver additional military aid to Ukraine… Continue Reading

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