Ranking Member's Press

February 26, 2021

Ranking Member Risch on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on last night's U.S. airstrikes conducted in Syria: "As the Iranian regime continues to test American resolve under a new administration, establishing and maintaining credible deterrence is critical. After several unanswered attacks against U.S. interests, I welcome the administration's decision to authorize airstrikes against Iranian-backed militias … Continue Reading


February 24, 2021

Ranking Member Risch: Rejoining UN Human Rights Council Without Reforms is a Mistake

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on Secretary of State Antony Blinken's announcement that the United States will seek a seat on the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council for the 2022-2024 term: "I am disappointed that the Biden Administration is attempting to re-join the UN Human Rights Council before securing significant reforms. While I support the administration's efforts to make… Continue Reading


February 23, 2021

Risch, Shaheen, Kinzinger, Connolly on Developments in Georgian Political Crisis

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, along with Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), co-chairs of the House Georgia Caucus, today released the following statement on developments in Georgia: "The Georgian government's decision to violently raid the United National Movement headquarters to arrest it… Continue Reading


February 23, 2021

Risch Statement on Senate Confirmation of Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.S. Ambassador to the UN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on Linda Thomas-Greenfield's confirmation as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (UN): "Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield has a long-standing record of service at the Department of State and is qualified for the role of U.S. ambassador to the UN. As malign actors like the Chinese Communist Party ramp up their influence efforts at the UN and other multilate… Continue Reading


February 19, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Statement on Biden Administration’s Nord Stream 2 Report

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 congressionally mandated report that was supposed to identify all entities actively involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The report was due to Congress on February 16, but was not delivered until today, February 19. "I am deeply troubled and disappointed by the State Department's report on Nord Stre… Continue Reading


February 19, 2021

Ranking Member Risch: Biden Administration Must Seek Burden-Sharing Increases from Japan

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the announcement that the United States and Japan have extended by one year the current cost-sharing arrangement to host U.S. troops on Japanese soil: "The U.S.-Japan alliance is one of the most important U.S. political, economic, and military alliances in the world. Equitable, fair, and mutually-beneficial burden sharing arrangements are key to st… Continue Reading


February 19, 2021

Risch, Shaheen: Georgian Political Parties Must De-Escalate, Reengage in Negotiations

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 released the following statement on recent events in Georgia: "We are deeply concerned by recent political developments in Georgia. The people of Georgia deserve to have rule of law, democracy, and an honest and independent judiciary. Over the past several years, we have raised the prob… Continue Reading


February 16, 2021

Risch, McCaul Support Press Freedom in Poland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations committee and co-chair of the Senate Poland Caucus, and Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), lead Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today released the following statement on their concerns with the government of Poland's proposed media advertising tax: "We are encouraged the Polish government is listening to concerns of both independent media outlets and civil society and may make … Continue Reading


February 12, 2021

Risch, Shaheen Urge Biden Administration to Fully Implement Nord Stream II Legislation

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 sent a letter to President Joe Biden in support of the full implementation of Nord Stream II-related legislation passed into law last Congress that aims to bring an end to the Nord Stream II pipeline project. "We write to reiterate our support for the full implementation of the Protecti… Continue Reading


February 11, 2021

Senators Risch, Markey, Cardin, Rubio Welcome Biden Administration’s Response to Burma Military Coup

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), lead Democrat on the East Asia subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), released the following statement upon the announcement by the Biden Administration of new sanctions against members of the Burmese military. Last week, the senators urged the Biden Administration to take several key steps on human ri… Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Announces Senior Staff Update for U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced an update to senior staff positions for his committee office. "I am proud of the talented team I have assembled over the last two years to support me as chairman, and now ranking member of this historic committee," said Risch. "We made significant progress in advancing U.S. foreign policy and national security priorities over the last Congress, and I am confident that th… Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Senator Risch Elected Ranking Member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) was elected ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the 117th Congress today. Risch previously served as chairman of the committee during the 116th Congress. "I am glad to once again have the confidence of my colleagues to serve as the Republican leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee," said Risch. "During the 116th Congress, I made it a priority to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle, as well as allies and… Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Risch Discusses Keystone XL Pipeline, Canadian Citizens Detained in China with Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after a phone conversation with Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau yesterday: "I was glad to speak with Foreign Minister Garneau yesterday regarding a number of issues important to both the United States and Canada. We discussed the Biden Administration's recent efforts to block the Keystone XL pipeline, and I reaffirmed my commitment to defending this jo… Continue Reading


February 05, 2021

Risch, McCaul Statement on Biden Plans to Rescind Houthi Terrorist Designation

WASHINGTON - Tonight, the Biden Administration announced they are beginning the process of rescinding the Foreign Terrorist Organization designation for the Houthis in Yemen. Last month, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul expressed their wish the designation be paired with sufficient steps to mitigate negative impacts on Yemeni civilians, as Yemen imports 90 percent of its food. Upon hearing the… Continue Reading


February 05, 2021

Senators Risch, Markey, Menendez, Rubio Outline Key Steps for Biden Administration to Help Preserve Burma’s Transition to Democracy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), top Democrat on the East Asia Subcommittee, Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today urged the Biden Administration to take several key steps in its effort to help preserve Burma's fragile democratic transition after last week's military coup against the democratically-elected, civilian-led governmen… Continue Reading


February 04, 2021

Risch, Rubio, Young, Cruz, Paul Introduce Bill to Expand Prohibitions on Use of Foreign Assistance Funding for Abortions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), today introduced the American Values Act, legislation to permanently enact and expand existing prohibitions on the use of U.S. foreign assistance to pay for the performance or promotion of abortion services overseas. "For decades, Congress has worked to ensure that U.S. foreign assistance would not be used… Continue Reading


February 03, 2021

Chairman Risch on Biden Administration’s Extension of New START Treaty

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the Biden Administration's extension of the New START Treaty for five years: "As the new administration extends New START for five years, I note its pledge to pursue future talks to address all of Russia's nuclear weapons and China's growing arsenal. This will be a tall order, considering Russia's history of cheating, and China's refusal to talk. "We must… Continue Reading


February 03, 2021

ICYMI: Chairman Risch Discusses U.S. Strategy on China at FIU State of the World 2021 Conference

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today gave virtual opening remarks for a panel on China, Hong Kong, and Democracy during Florida International University's State of the World 2021 conference. Highlights: On the importance of the competition with China: "It is clear, China has become a strategic global competitor of the United States, and a challenge to other democracies that value individual rights and freedoms, market-based… Continue Reading


February 02, 2021

Chairman Risch on Sentencing of Alexei Navalny in Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on Russia's sentencing of Alexei Navalny to two years and eight months in prison: "The decision of the Moscow court today to re-impose a jail term on Alexei Navalny for a politically-motivated conviction once again exposes the corruption of the country's judicial system. Today's hearing was a mockery of justice in a country that purports to be a world leader.… Continue Reading


February 02, 2021

Chairman Risch Statement on Biden Administration’s Coup Determination in Myanmar

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the Biden Administration's determination that the military takeover of power in Myanmar constitutes a coup: "The administration made the right decision in determining a coup has taken place in Myanmar. This determination will ensure U.S. taxpayer dollars will not benefit the military junta that has wrongly seized power from the civilian-led government. "T… Continue Reading

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