Ranking Member's Press

January 12, 2022

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing

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 Ms. Sarah H. Cleveland, nominee to be legal adviser of the Department of State, Mr. James C. O'Brien, nominee to be head of the office of sanctions coordination, Mr. George J. Tsunis, nominee to be ambassador to Greece, and Dr. Beth Van Schaack, nominee to be ambassador at large for global criminal justice.Ran… Continue Reading


January 11, 2022

Risch, Menendez, McCaul, Meeks Raise Concerns Over U.S. Policy 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 Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), ranking member and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to President Biden requesting a restoration of U.S. leadership on the crisis in Syria. The leaders asked the president to refuse reintegrating the Assad regime into the international commun… Continue Reading


January 11, 2022

Risch on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the event of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day:“Human trafficking is a scourge that exploits the most vulnerable men, women, and children of any race or nationality. Today, on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and during Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Congress remains committed to ending human trafficking and supplying the appropria… Continue Reading


January 10, 2022

Risch on Biden Call with PM Abiy: What Matters is What Happens Next

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 first call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed:“Given the devastation caused by Ethiopia's war and its impact on the vital U.S.-Ethiopia bilateral relationship, today’s call between President Biden and Prime Minister Abiy is long-overdue but welcome.“The Ethiopian government's recent release of several political prisoners and th… Continue Reading


January 03, 2022

Risch: Hamdok’s Resignation Completes Sudan’s Oct. 25 Coup

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the resignation of Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and the continued state-sponsored violence against protesters in Sudan: "This weekend's resignation of Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok completes the October 25 military coup. Hamdok's "return" to the job in late November, after the military junta allowed it, forestalled the inevitable: the … Continue Reading


January 03, 2022

Risch, Portman, Grassley, Shelby, Inhofe & Capito Request Biden Administration Provide Overdue Report on Composition & Vetting of Afghan Evacuees

WASHINGTON - On December 22, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rob Portman (R-Ohio), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Shelley Moore Capito, ranking member o… Continue Reading


December 21, 2021

Risch: We Must Take Action on China, Global Health, Russia, South Sudan

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today highlighted his major foreign policy achievements and priorities from the first session of the 117 th Congress.China “China must be our top foreign policy priority. My China bill from last Congress served as the base to craft comprehensive, bipartisan, and actionable China legislation earlier this year so the United States is able to compete with China in the years and decades ahead. … Continue Reading


December 18, 2021

Risch: Russia’s “Draft Security Treaty” for U.S. and NATO is Pretext to War

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on Russia's "draft security treaty" for the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): "The Russian government's publication of "proposals" for the United States and NATO is an insult to diplomacy and seeks to extort us into ending a crisis Russia itself created. These are not security agreements, but a list of concessions the Un… Continue Reading


December 17, 2021

Risch, Shaheen on Polish Parliament’s Approval of Dangerous Media Law

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 Polish lawmakers’ decision to approve legislation that targets free media and jeopardizes U.S. investments:“We are gravely concerned with the Polish parliament’s approval of legislation banning foreign ownership of media companies under the guise of st… Continue Reading


December 16, 2021

Risch, Menendez Statement on Continued Violence in Sudan

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 issued the following statement on the continued violence by Sudanese security forces against Sudanese citizens and the need for a comprehensive approach to post-coup Sudan:“We strongly condemn the violence carried out by security forces against those protesting the October 25 coup that resulted in the loss of more than 40 lives. Responsibility for … Continue Reading


December 16, 2021

SFRC Ranking Member and Chair Introduce the Stop Iranian Drones Act of 2021

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent Iran and any terrorist or militia groups aligned with Iran from being able to acquire lethal drones.As the United States government intensifies efforts to stop Tehran’s flourishing lethal unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program, the Stop Iranian Drones Act of 2021 seeks to amend the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanction… Continue Reading


December 16, 2021

Risch Welcomes Senate Passage of Uyghur Forced Labor Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded Senate passage of H.R.6256, to ensure goods made with Uyghur forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region do not enter the United States. Earlier this year, the State Department issued a determination that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is committing crimes against humanity and genocide against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang. Risch was an or… Continue Reading


December 15, 2021

Risch, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Bolster Support for Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced the Guaranteeing Ukraine’s Autonomy by Reinforcing its Defense Act (GUARD Act), legislation to provide critical support to Ukraine as it faces the threat of an invasion from Russia. Risch was joined by Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Pat Toomey (R-Pa… Continue Reading


December 15, 2021

Risch on Final Passage of FY2022 NDAA

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 FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):“The Democrats’ management of the NDAA this year was disgraceful and disrespectful of the institution. However, I am encouraged my State Department authorization amendment with Senator Menendez was incorporated into the final text. For the first time since 2003, the Sta… Continue Reading


December 14, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nominations Hearing for Ambassadors to Germany, India, Pakistan

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 Dr. Amy Gutmann, nominee to be ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, the Honorable Eric M. Garcetti, nominee to be ambassador to the Republic of India, and the Honorable Donald Armin Blome, nominee to be ambassador to the Islamic Republic of PakistanRanking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Th… Continue Reading


December 12, 2021

ICYMI: Risch Discusses Nuclear Talks with Iran on Fox News

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Eric Shawn on Fox News to discuss the Biden Administration's efforts to rejoin the JCPOA. To watch the full interview on YouTube, click here. On why talks with Iran are a waste of time: "First of all, the American people should know we're in the 7th round of talks - we aren't, we're not in the room. It's the Chinese, the Russians, and the Europeans that are in the room ac… Continue Reading


December 10, 2021

Risch on Human Rights Day

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the occasion of International Human Rights Day: "This year on Human Rights Day, we are reminded how blessed we are to live in the United States, where fundamental freedoms are protected and honored. Today is also a stark reminder that these internationally-recognized fundamental human rights are under attack around the world in places like Syria, C… Continue Reading


December 10, 2021

Risch, Booker on Senate Passage of South Sudan Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) released the following statements on yesterday’s Senate passage of S.Res.380, a resolution reiterating United States support for the people of the Republic of South Sudan in their quest for lasting peace, stability, and democracy after 10 years of independence. The resolution also calls for a review of U.S. policy toward South Sudan given the persistent intercommunal… Continue Reading


December 08, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on Future of U.S. Policy on Taiwan

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 future of U.S. policy on Taiwan. The committee heard witness testimony from the Honorable Daniel Kritenbrink, assistant secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and the Honorable Ely Ratner, assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: … Continue Reading


December 07, 2021

ICYMI: Risch in FoxNews.com: Biden's democracy summit already sending wrong signals to authoritarian regimes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today published an op-ed on FoxNews.com on the Biden Administration’s poorly planned “Summit for Democracy” later this week and how it has already caused headaches for Congress, allies, and partners alike.In his op-ed, Senator Risch said:“Instead of focusing on helping these precarious situations, President Biden and his administration are meeting with some of the worst human rights abusers … Continue Reading

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