Ranking Member's Press

June 16, 2021

Ranking Member Risch on Biden-Putin Meeting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after President Biden's summit with Russian President Putin: "During Putin's 20-year rule in Russia, the West has failed to meet his aggressive conduct with any response that has generated lasting change. While there are some positive outcomes from the recent meetings of the G7 and NATO, I am disappointed by issues that remain unresolved following President Biden… Continue Reading


June 15, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing for Assistant 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 Todd D. Robinson, nominee to be assistant secretary of State for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs, Mr. Brett M. Holmgren, nominee to be assistant secretary of State for intelligence and research, and the Honorable Daniel J. Kritenbrink, nominee to be assistant secretary of Stat… Continue Reading


June 14, 2021

Risch, Young, Rubio, Crapo: Houthis Must Be Held Accountable for Atrocities in Yemen

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), ranking member of the subcommittee that oversees the Middle East, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), ranking member of the subcommittee that oversees human rights, and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) in sending a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Linda Thomas-Greenfield asking her to bring much-needed international attention to the violent human rights abu… Continue Reading


June 14, 2021

ICYMI: Risch in WaPo: Biden wants Russia’s cooperation. But Putin thrives on chaos.

WASHINGTON - Ahead of President Biden's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, published an op-ed in the Washington Post on why Biden must develop a concrete agenda for the summit or risk an increased sphere of Russian influence over the next three and a half years. "This meeting, the administration says, is designed to put the relationship between the two countries "on a more stable, predictable … Continue Reading


June 11, 2021

Risch, Leahy, Colleagues: Biden Should Act to Restore Democratic Governance in Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), President Pro Tempore of the Senate, yesterday led Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Majority Whip, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), ranking member of the subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) in sending a letter to President Biden encouraging the administration to hold the Ortega-Murillo regime accountable f… Continue Reading


June 11, 2021

Risch, Johnson, Colleagues Introduce Iran Nuclear Treaty Act to Place Constitutional Check on Iran Deal

WASHINGTON - On Friday, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led 21 of their Republican colleagues in introducing the Iran Nuclear Treaty Act. This bill will give the American people a proper constitutional check by requiring that the president submit to Congress any renewed nuclear deal with Iran as a treaty. The Iran Nuclear Treaty Act would strengthen the role Co… Continue Reading


June 10, 2021

Risch Opposes Re-Opening of PLO Office in U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to President Biden voicing concerns over the review to re-open the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Office in the United States that was dissolved under the Trump Administration.“I strongly believe that such a reopening undermines U.S. interests, turns a blind eye to victims of Palestinian-sponsored terrorism, and will make necessary changes in Palestinian conduct l… Continue Reading


June 09, 2021

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

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 Belarus. The committee heard witness testimony from the honorable Julie Fisher, United States ambassador-designate to the Republic of Belarus, Ms. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of the Democratic Opposition in Belarus, and Mr. Jamie Fly, president and CEO, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.Ranking Member Ri… Continue Reading


June 08, 2021

Ranking Member Risch on Final Passage of China Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the Senate's final passage of the United States Innovation and Competition Act (S.1260): "As I have said for years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) presents a grave threat to U.S. values and interests, and its malign influence across the globe puts our own freedoms at risk here at home," said Risch. "Last month, 21 members of the Senate Foreign Rel… Continue Reading


June 08, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on FY 2022 State Department 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 State Department budget request. The committee heard witness testimony from Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken. Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman. And I join you in the expression of frustration for the tremendous number of issues we have and the minimal time we really… Continue Reading


June 07, 2021

Risch: Accountability for Tragedies in Cameroon is Good First Step

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, applauded Secretary Blinken's announcement today that the United States will impose visa restrictions on individuals who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the peaceful resolution of the crisis in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon. "For nearly four years, the English-speaking Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon have experienced one of most neglected hum… Continue Reading


June 07, 2021

Risch, Menendez, Meeks, McCaul Join Biden Administration Push to Restore Cross-border Aid Deliveries in Syria

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 U.S. Representatives Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today joined to reaffirm their support for the Biden Administration’s push to restore life-saving humanitarian assistance to millions of innocent Syrians by facilitating its delivery to those outside areas the… Continue Reading


June 04, 2021

Risch Recognizes the Tiananmen Square Anniversary and Honors Its Continued Legacy

BOISE, Idaho - Today, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, gave the following statement in recognition of the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre:“Thirty-two years ago, hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens gathered in Tiananmen Square to call for democracy, free speech, and a free press in China. These protestors - many of whom were students and young professionals - risked their lives with the hope of life in a free Chin… Continue Reading


May 28, 2021

Risch on FY2022 Budget Request: Throwing Good Money at Bad Programs Will Not Advance U.S. Interests

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 FY2022 international affairs budget request:“At first glance, the president's international affairs budget request for FY2022 appears to have some bright spots, in particular the areas which aim to advance the global health security of the United States overseas. Unfortunately, bipartisan priorities like this one are at risk o… Continue Reading


May 28, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S. Response to Ongoing Crisis in Ethiopia

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 U.S. strategy and policy response to the ongoing crisis in Ethiopia.  Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman.“Ethiopia is a vital and strategic security, economic, and regional partner, whose relationship did improve significantly with the United States under Prime Minister Abiy’s go… Continue Reading


May 27, 2021

Risch Introduces Resolution Condemning Rise in Anti-Semitism Across Globe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced a resolution condemning the rise in anti-Semitism incidents globally since terrorists in the Gaza Strip triggered several days of violence against Israel on May 10, 2021.“While anti-Semitism is on a rise across the world, the recent violence between Israel and Hamas has led to an increase in attacks against Jewish communities,” said Risch. “This violence is further fueled by … Continue Reading


May 26, 2021

Risch, McCaul: Nord Stream 2 Subject to CAATSA Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), lead Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, yesterday sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken requesting an explanation from the administration as to why Nord Stream 2 AG has not been sanctioned under Section 228 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), as required by law.“We are very conce… Continue Reading


May 25, 2021

Risch: Syrians Deserve a Legitimate Presidential Election, Not More Bloodshed

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement ahead of Syria’s presidential election on May 26:“On May 26, Syria will hold yet another illegitimate presidential election that will almost certainly extend dictator Bashar al Assad’s rule for a fourth seven-year term. “I am troubled by a number of reports of voter harassment and intimidation that have emerged in the lead up to this election. Worse, t… Continue Reading


May 25, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Meets with Colombian VP Marta Lucia Ramirez

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after meeting with Colombian Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez: "I was glad to meet with Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez today to discuss challenges and opportunities for our countries and the Western Hemisphere. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, the worsening security situation in Venezuela, and the malign influence of state and non-state actors, Colo… Continue Reading


May 24, 2021

Risch on Lukashenka’s Forced Diversion of Flight to Arrest Journalist

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to the Lukashenka regime’s forced diversion of a commercial flight yesterday in order to arrest a Belarusian journalist and dissident:“I strongly condemn the Lukashenka regime’s forced diversion of a commercial flight in order to arrest Belarusian journalist Raman Pratasevich. This hijacking is intolerable and must be immediately reviewed by … Continue Reading

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