Ranking Member's Press

May 19, 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 Brian A. Nichols, nominee to be assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere affairs, and the Honorable Michele Jeanne Sison, nominee to be assistant secretary of State for international organization affairs.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and tha… Continue Reading


May 13, 2021

Risch, Menendez Lead Bipartisan Resolution Celebrating Alliance with Republic of Korea

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 were joined by Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) in introducing a bipartisan resolution reaffirming the United States’ dedication to the Republic of Korea as a crucial ally. The resolution comes in advance of Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in’s scheduled visit to the United States to meet with President Joe Biden and memb… Continue Reading


May 13, 2021

Risch Joins Rubio, Senate Republicans in Urging POTUS to Stand with Israel and Not Provide Iran with Sanctions Relief

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday joined U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and 42 Republican colleagues in urging President Joe Biden to stand with our closest ally in the region, Israel. As Israel is under attack from Iranian-backed terrorists, the Biden Administration is negotiating and potentially offering sanctions relief to Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. The senators called on President B… Continue Reading


May 12, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Remarks at Hearing on the COVID-19 Pandemic and the International Response

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today gave remarks at a hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic and the international response. The committee heard witness testimony from the Honorable Gayle E. Smith, coordinator for global COVID response and health security, and Mr. Jeremy Konyndyk, executive director of the COVID-19 task force.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman.“I recently looked back at my… Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

Risch: Georgian Political Parties Must Make Good on April Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, put out the following statement on the release of Georgian opposition leader Nika Melia from prison:“I am encouraged to see that Nika Melia, leader of Georgia’s United National Movement Party, has been released from prison. His release fulfills of one of the key promises made in the April 2021 agreement that was designed to bring an end to the country’s 18-month-long political impasse. “No… Continue Reading


May 04, 2021

Risch, Rubio Condemn Maduro Regime’s New Illegitimate Scheme

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues, issued the following joint statement after the selection of new members of the National Electoral Council (CNE) in Venezuela: "The illegitimate actions of the Maduro regime, such as yesterday's announcement of a new e… Continue Reading


May 04, 2021

Risch, Rubio, McCaul, Green on Dismissal of Supreme Court Justices, Attorney General in El Salvador

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues, U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), lead Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Representative Mark Green (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, … Continue Reading


April 28, 2021

Risch on Biden’s Speech to Congress: Biden Needs to Get Serious about China, NS2

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on President Biden's address to the joint session of Congress tonight: "It is clear to me tonight that President Biden and I agree on at least one thing - our greatest international challenge now, and for decades to come, is our relationship with China. I have good news for him: the Senate has a plan to meet the challenge. Our committee's bill is a true piece… Continue Reading


April 28, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing for Under 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 Ambassador Bonnie D. Jenkins, to be under secretary of State for arms control and international security and the Honorable Jose W. Fernandez to be under secretary of State for economic growth, energy, and the environment.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman.“T… Continue Reading


April 27, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Remarks at Hearing on U.S. Policy on Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today gave remarks at a hearing on U.S. policy on Afghanistan. The committee heard witness testimony from the Honorable Zalmay Khalilzad, special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation at the U.S. Department of State.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman.“First of all, like many others, I have deep concerns about the administration’s rush for the exi… Continue Reading


April 27, 2021

Risch Encourages World Health Assembly to Let Taiwan Help

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued a statement encouraging the World Health Assembly to invite Taiwan to its upcoming session from May 24 to June 1. "Given Taiwan's remarkable success in handling the COVID-19 pandemic and active role in helping other countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus should allow Taiwan the opportunity to participate in the upcoming Wor… Continue Reading


April 23, 2021

Risch, Johnson, Shaheen Introduce Bipartisan Resolution in Support of Full Implementation of Georgia’s April 19th Agreement to Strengthen its Democracy

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), ranking member and chair of the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, announced the introduction of a bipartisan resolution in support of full implementation of Georgia’s April 19th agreement to end the political impasse. The resolution reaffirms the United States’ support for Georgia’s path to bolstering democr… Continue Reading


April 22, 2021

Risch, Menendez Joint Statement Ahead of Elections in Albania

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) issued the following joint statement in the lead-up to the elections in Albania scheduled for this weekend: "As Albania prepares for national elections on April 25, we encourage the Albanian people to vote. We urge authorities to ensure that voters are able to exercise this fundamental right free from intimidation and violence. We also expect all candidates to act in accord… Continue Reading


April 22, 2021

Risch Leads 20 Colleagues in Urging Administration to Cease Assistance to UNRWA Until Reforms are Secured

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led 20 colleagues in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressing concern for the administration's recent decision to resume U.S. foreign assistance funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The senators also encouraged the administration to cease this funding until significant reforms to UNRWA are secured. Joinin… Continue Reading


April 21, 2021

Risch, Menendez on Committee Passage of Ukraine Security 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, today applauded committee passage of their Ukraine Security Partnership Act. This legislation increases and improves U.S. military support to Ukraine, and sends a message that the United States will continue to support the people of Ukraine, their ability to defend themselves, and the country's democratic transition. "Today, as Russia masses more than … Continue Reading


April 21, 2021

Risch, Menendez Statement on Committee Passage of Comprehensive, Bipartisan China Bill

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 applauded committee passage of their bipartisan, comprehensive China legislation. Entitled the Strategic Competition Act, the legislation is an unprecedented, bipartisan effort to mobilize all United States strategic, economic, and diplomatic tools for an Indo-Pacific strategy that enables the U.S. government to compete effectively with the People… Continue Reading


April 20, 2021

Risch, Menendez, Shaheen: U.S. Must Hold Assad Accountable for Illegal Use of Chemical Weapons

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 Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), chair of the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken ahead of this week's Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Conference of States Parties expressing support for enforcing the international norm against the use of chemical weapo… Continue Reading


April 20, 2021

Risch: Georgian Parties Must Uphold New Political Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on yesterday's agreement between the Georgian government and opposition party leaders to end a political deadlock following last October's national election: "Monday's political agreement between the Georgian government and opposition party leaders is a significant step toward resolving the political crisis that has gripped the country for months. I am glad t… Continue Reading


April 16, 2021

Risch, McCaul Condemn Russian Aggression in Ukraine, Call for Implementation of Mandatory NS2 Sanctions

WASHINGTON - In response to Russia's massive military buildup on its border with Ukraine and in illegally occupied Crimea, the increase in fighting in eastern Ukraine, and Russia's anti-Ukraine disinformation campaign, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), lead Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the below statement: "In the face of the Kremlin's hostile, unprovoked, and de… Continue Reading


April 15, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing for Under 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 Victoria Nuland to be under secretary of State for political affairs and Ms. Uzra Zeya to be under secretary of State for civilian security, democracy, and human rights.“Thank you, Mr. Chairman.“We all know under secretaries of State serve an important role at the Department. They are responsible… Continue Reading

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