Ranking Member's Press

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


March 15, 2022

Risch, Menendez Mark 11th Anniversary of Syrian Uprising

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 in recognition of the eleventh anniversary of the Syrian uprising:“Eleven years ago, protesters across Syria took to the streets in a courageous call for democratic change. Tragically, the regime of Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russian airpower and Iranian proxies like Hezbollah, responded with deadly attacks on its … Continue Reading


March 15, 2022

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement Hearing on Combatting Authoritarianism

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 entitled, Combatting Authoritarianism: U.S. Tools and Responses . The witnesses for panel one included: The Honorable Uzra Zeya, under secretary for civilian security, democracy, and human rights at State, and Ms. Jennifer Hall Godfrey, senior official for public diplomacy and public affairs at State.On panel two, the witnes… Continue Reading


March 14, 2022

Risch: We Can, and Must, Do More for Syrians

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement ahead of tomorrow’s 11th anniversary of the Syrian conflict:“Today marks 11 years since the start of the conflict in Syria. Since 2011, dictator Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russia and Iran, has overseen a campaign of death and destruction so horrific in scale that the UN stopped counting deaths in 2014 when the number reached over 100,000 civilians. Despi… Continue Reading


March 14, 2022

49 Senate Republicans Tell President Biden: An Iran Agreement Without Broad Congressional Support Will Not Survive

WASHINGTON - Forty-nine Republican Senators today told the Biden Administration they will not support the revived Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, which, according to public reports, will weaken sanctions and lessen restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program.“According to press reports, the Biden Administration may soon conclude an agreement with Iran to provide substantial sanctions relief in exchange for merely short-term limitations on Iran’s nuclear program. “By every indication, th… Continue Reading


March 13, 2022

Risch on Fox News Sunday: We Need to Project Strength with Iran and Russia

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Bret Baier on Fox News Sunday to discuss the administration's efforts to rejoin JCPOA and U.S. efforts to support the Ukrainian people in defending themselves against Russia. To watch the full interview on YouTube, click here . On administration efforts to rejoin JCPOA: "You know, sitting here listening to this, I feel like the administration is living an alternative univ… Continue Reading


March 11, 2022

Risch, Portman, Booker, Cardin, Young Praise Inclusion of Israel Relations Normalization Act in Final FY2022 Bipartisan Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Todd Young (R-Ind.) announced their Israel Relations Normalization Act was included in the FY2022 bipartisan funding agreement, which passed the Senate by a vote of 68-31. “Agreements like the Abraham Accords have the potential to fundamentally change the Middle East region for the better,” said Senator Risch. “I am glad the… Continue Reading


March 11, 2022

Risch: A Grim Anniversary, A Promising Path Forward

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today published an op-ed in The Hill reflecting on the second anniversary of the World Health Organization's declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic and advocating for his International Pandemic Preparedness and COVID-19 Response Act, comprehensive legislation to improve global health and pandemic preparedness before the next outbreak. As seen in The Hill: By: U.S. Senator Jim Risch… Continue Reading


March 10, 2022

Risch Joins Ernst, Romney, Colleagues in Calling for Biden, NATO Allies to Expedite Aircraft and Defense Systems to Ukraine

In a letter to President Biden, 42 Republican senators write, “…we strongly disagree with the Defense Department's decision to delay and deny Poland the option to transfer fighter jets to Ukraine.” WASHINGTON - Following the Defense Department’s decision to reject Poland’s plans to provide MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and 39 colleagues i… Continue Reading


March 10, 2022

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing Examining U.S. Security Cooperation and Assistance

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 entitled: Examining U.S. Security Cooperation and Assistance . The committee heard witness testimony from, The Honorable Jessica Lewis, assistant secretary of State for political-military affairs, and The Honorable Mara Elizabeth Karlin, assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans and capabilities at the Department of… Continue Reading


March 09, 2022

Risch: Mr. President, Stop Doing Business with the Russians, Walk Away from Iran Deal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today co-led his Republican colleagues in a press conference to discuss the Biden Administration's efforts to forge a nuclear deal with Iran. Watch Senator Risch's full opening remarks on YouTube here. Download Senator Risch's opening remarks on Google Drive here. On JCPOA negotiations: "The first thing we need to do about this is walk away. As Senator Cruz said, it is absolutely stunn… Continue Reading


March 09, 2022

Risch, Durbin Encourage Biden Administration to Follow Through on U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) yesterday introduced a resolution expressing support for a second U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit as an important opportunity to strengthen ties between the United States and African partners and build on areas of mutual interest.“The Biden Administration is right to pursue a second U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Our global partners, like Europe, and mali… Continue Reading


March 08, 2022

Ranking Member Risch, Chairman Menendez Lead Bipartisan Group of Senators in Calling for U.S. to Prioritize Democracy, Human Rights at ASEAN 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 led seven of their Senate colleagues in writing a letter to President Joe Biden calling for democracy, good governance, and human rights to be top priorities for the upcoming U.S.-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Leaders Summit. In light of recent trends toward democratic backsliding in Southeast Asia, the senators emphasized their c… Continue Reading


March 08, 2022

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

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 entitled, Russia's Invasion of Ukraine: Assessing the U.S. and International Response. The committee heard testimony from The Honorable Victoria Nuland, under secretary of State for political affairs.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks:“Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman.“And thank you to Under Secretary Nuland fo… Continue Reading


March 04, 2022

Risch, Duckworth Lead Bipartisan Letter Encouraging Biden Administration to Expedite Sale of Tanks, Military Equipment to Poland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) today urged the Biden Administration to accelerate the sale of M1A2 SEPv3 tanks to Poland. The letter also asks the Biden Administration to engage with additional NATO allies to determine if the Russian Federation's brutal act of war requires the U.S. to develop and execute any additional sales t… Continue Reading


March 04, 2022

Risch: Indo-Pacific Must Be Priority, And Putin’s Aggression Cannot Be Ignored

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the importance of defending both the Indo-Pacific and Europe:“The Indo-Pacific must be the priority theater. U.S. alliances, the region’s economic weight, and threats posed by China all make it central to U.S. security and prosperity. However, Putin’s aggression in Europe must be confronted. No competition with China will be successful without our E… Continue Reading


March 03, 2022

Risch Welcomes Bahraini Delegation to U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday welcomed His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, crown prince and prime minister of Bahrain to the U.S. Capitol.“It was an honor to welcome His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa to the U.S. Capitol yesterday to discuss our shared strategic interests,” said Risch. “The Kingdom of Bahrain is a longstanding, vital U.S. partner in an important region. We d… Continue Reading


March 02, 2022

Risch on Ukraine: Time is Short, We Must Act Now

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led his Republican colleagues in a press conference to discuss Russia’s war against Ukraine and efforts to support the Ukrainian people and punish Putin.Watch Senator Risch’s full opening remarks on YouTube here.Download Senator Risch’s opening remarks on Google Drive here. Watch Senator Risch’s Q&A on YouTube here.Download Senator Risch’s Q&A on Google Drive here. On the import… Continue Reading


March 02, 2022

Risch, Rubio, Inhofe Urge President Not to Transfer Al-Qaeda Terrorist from Guantanamo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to reconsider his reported decision to transfer terrorist Mohammed al-Qahtani from Guatanamo Bay to Saudi Arabia. Al-Qahtani was detained for his attempted role in the September … Continue Reading

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