Ranking Member's Press

March 01, 2022

Risch: Biden’s First Year in Office Marked by Repeated Foreign Policy Failures

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to President Biden's State of the Union address: "While President Biden attempted to make the case tonight that 'America is back' and our diplomacy is stronger than ever, we've witnessed a vastly different reality over the last year. From the hazardous withdrawal in Afghanistan, to the failure to push back on Chinese malign influence, to the curre… Continue Reading


March 01, 2022

Risch Asks Dems to Join NYET Act: We have a responsibility to do more for Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today asked for unanimous consent on passage of his Never Yielding Europe's Territory (NYET) Act, legislation to support the people of Ukraine and impose crippling sanctions on Russia. Senate Democrats objected to Senator Risch's request. Risch's bill has the support of 38 other senators and is the only comprehensive legislation that would support the Ukrainian people while imposing enormous … Continue Reading


February 26, 2022

Sens. Jim Risch and Rick Scott to Leader Schumer: We Must Delay Postal Bill, Prioritize Support for Ukraine, Holding Russia Accountable Upon Senate’s Return

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urging him to delay consideration of the H.R. 3076, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022, until it has been reviewed by the Congressional Budget Office to determine the legislation's long-term budgetary effects and negative fiscal impacts on the Medicare program. Instead, upon the Senate's return to session next… Continue Reading


February 24, 2022

Risch: Putin is a Madman – the NYET Act Must be Taken Up and Passed

BOISE, Idaho - Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) today made the following statement regarding a path forward in response to Vladimir Putin's declaration of war against Ukraine: "Anyone who is surprised by Putin's deadly attack on a sovereign nation has not been paying attention. These are the actions of a madman. My bill, the NYET Act, spells out exactly what should happen today, tomorrow, and what should have happened well before now to s… Continue Reading


February 23, 2022

Risch Statement on Russian Invasion of Ukraine

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement regarding the Russian invasion into Ukraine: "Today's invasion of Ukraine by Russia is a premeditated and flagrant act of war. Despite committed efforts to find a diplomatic solution, Putin has violated the border of a sovereign country. No one should be surprised. U.S. agencies have made public the facts to show the world what was coming. Putin has always use… Continue Reading


February 23, 2022

Risch on Administration’s Decision to Sanction Nord Stream 2

BOISE, Idaho - 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 decision to sanction Nord Stream 2 (NS2) AG and its corporate officers: "Today's actions on Nord Stream 2 are long overdue, but I cannot overstate how critical they are to showing Putin that violating a nation's sovereignty has consequences. I have worked with my colleagues on a bipartisan basis for years toward this resu… Continue Reading


February 21, 2022

Risch: Recognition of “Republics” is Tantamount to Invasion—Sanction Putin Now

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement regarding Vladimir Putin's recognition of "separatist republics" in the Donbas region of Ukraine, and his deployment of Russian troops into these areas: "Putin is using smoke and mirrors to continue chipping away at Ukraine's sovereignty, in hopes that the West won't react, which has proved to be true thus far. Today's events are tantamount to an invasion. This… Continue Reading


February 19, 2022

Risch, Inhofe, Rogers, McCaul Warn Biden Against Weakening U.S. Nuclear Posture as Putin Conducts Nuclear Exercises

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Representatives Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released a statement warning President Biden against weakening U.S. nuclear declaratory policy and urging the Biden Administrat… Continue Reading


February 19, 2022

Risch in Daily Maverick: The U.S. and Europe Must Work Together with Africa

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently published an op-ed in Daily Maverick on the need for the United States and Europe to work together with Africa. "While the United States and Europe may have vastly different histories, priorities, and strategies for engagement on the African continent, there must be joint U.S.-Europe engagement and cooperation with our African partners. Such engagement begins with this type of summi… Continue Reading


February 18, 2022

Risch on Senate Passage of Resolution Supporting Ukraine Against Russian Aggression

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s passage of a bipartisan resolution led by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, in support of Ukraine in the face of increased Russian aggression.The senators’ resolution is … Continue Reading


February 17, 2022

Risch, Thune Lead Effort to Release Afghanistan Dissent Cable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and John Thune (R-S.D.) today introduced a bill to require the U.S. State Department to release a public, unclassified version of the July 13, 2021, internal dissent channel cable that reportedly warned of the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and the Taliban’s ability to capture Kabul. The bill would also require the State Department to provide Congress with a classifi… Continue Reading


February 17, 2022

Risch Joins Shaheen, Portman, Colleagues in Reaffirming Bipartisan Support for Ukraine, Introducing New Resolution in Support of Democratic Partners

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, Rob Portman (R-Ohio), chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and John Cornyn (R-Texas), on a new, bipartisan resolution in support o… Continue Reading


February 16, 2022

Risch on PBS: If Putin Invades, There Will Be Severe Consequences

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Judy Woodruff on PBS NewsHour to discuss Russia's military escalation towards Ukraine and his new legislation, the NYET Act , which is intended to deter Russian aggression. To watch the full interview on YouTube, click here. On whether the Russians are doing what they're saying: "The Russians lie. I don't know how they can look in the camera and tell the world they have no i… Continue Reading


February 16, 2022

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on Reinvigorating U.S.-Colombia Relations

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, Reinvigorating U.S.-Colombia Relations. The witnesses for panel one included: The Honorable Brian A. Nichols, assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere affairs, The Honorable Todd D. Robinson, assistant secretary of State for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs, and The Honorable Marcela E… Continue Reading


February 16, 2022

Risch, Menendez, Cassidy Introduce Legislation to Mitigate Risks of El Salvador’s Adoption of Bitcoin

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 Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today introduced the Accountability for Cryptocurrency in El Salvador (ACES) Act , legislation requiring a State Department report on El Salvador’s adoption of Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency, as legal tender and a plan to mitigate potential risks to the U.S. financial system.“El Salvador’s adoption of Bitcoin as legal tender raises s… Continue Reading


February 15, 2022

Risch, Menendez, Schumer, McConnell, Reed, Inhofe, Warner, Rubio Message of Solidarity with the People of Ukraine

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member and Chairman Jim Risch and Bob Menendez, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman and Ranking Member Jack Reed and James Inhofe, and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman and Ranking Member Mark Warner and Marco Rubio today released the following joint statement that the U.S. Senate stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine:“In this dark hour, we a… Continue Reading


February 15, 2022

Risch Leads Majority of Republican Colleagues in Introducing Russia Sanctions Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a majority of his Republican colleagues in introducing the Never Yielding Europe's Territory (NYET) Act to provide the critical support Ukraine needs to defend itself and deter Russian aggression today, while imposing real costs on the Kremlin for its ongoing and potential future aggression against Ukraine. Joining Risch as cosponsors are Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Pat Toome… Continue Reading


February 14, 2022

Risch on CNN Regarding Russian Aggression on Ukraine’s Border

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Erin Burnett on CNN to discuss Russia's increasing aggression against Ukraine: To watch the full interview on YouTube, click here. On whether U.S. troops will enter Ukraine: "The U.S. troops are a part of NATO. NATO is a defensive organization, it is not an offensive organization. There is not going to be any attack by U.S. troops or NATO troops on any Russian troops. That w… Continue Reading


February 14, 2022

Risch, Menendez on New U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy

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 United States’ new Indo-Pacific strategy:“Even as we work with our allies and partners to face critical challenges around the world, the United States must not lose focus on the Indo-Pacific region. The administration’s newly released Indo-Pacific strategy, and its engagements with U.S. allies and par… Continue Reading


February 08, 2022

Risch on Army Investigation into Afghanistan Withdrawal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the U.S. Army’s investigation into the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan last year:“Reports regarding the U.S. Army’s investigation into the botched Afghanistan evacuation mirror the findings in my report released last week. The Biden Administration failed to heed intelligence warnings about a speedy Taliban takeover and discounted reports from the gro… Continue Reading

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