Ranking Member's Press

March 23, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Remarks at Subcommittee Hearing on Bolstering Democracy in Georgia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today gave remarks at a subcommittee hearing on bolstering democracy in Georgia. The subcommittee heard witness testimony from Mr. George Kent, deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the Department of State, and Ms. Kara McDonald, deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the Department of State. Ranking Member Ris… Continue Reading


March 23, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing for Samantha Power to be USAID Administrator

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 Samantha Power, nominee to be administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). "Thank you Senator Menendez, I appreciate that. And Ambassador Power, thank you for agreeing to take this on. Thank you to your family. As the chairman noted, there's always sacrifices … Continue Reading


March 22, 2021

Risch, Menendez, Rubio, Durbin Call on Bolivian Government to Recommit to Democracy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) today released the following statement after the arrest of former Interim President Jeanine Áñez and other former officials in Bolivia: "We are concerned about the recent detentions of former senior officials in Bolivia. In 2019, the United States Senate adopted two resolutions in support of … Continue Reading


March 22, 2021

Risch, Menendez Introduce Resolution Reaffirming Importance of U.S. Alliances and Partnerships

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last week introduced a resolution reaffirming the importance of our alliances and the unique strategic advantage they provide to the United States. "U.S. alliances and partnerships are essential to advancing shared security, economic, and political interests with unity of purpose," said Ranking Member Risch. "As authoritarian nations expand their power… Continue Reading


March 19, 2021

Risch Joins Resolution Condemning China’s Continued Crackdown on Hong Kong’s Autonomy

WASHINGTON - U. S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) led a bipartisan group of senators in introducing a bipartisan resolution condemning the Chinese government's ongoing crackdown against democracy and fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong and Beijing's violation of the commitments it made in the legally binding international treaty known as the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration… Continue Reading


March 18, 2021

Risch Introduces Legislation to Improve State Department’s Outdated Investigation Process

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday introduced the Diplomatic Support and Security Act, legislation to update the State Department's review process for attacks on U.S. personnel or properties for the first time in 35 years. "For years, my staff and I have heard how difficult it is for U.S. diplomats to get outside of our embassies abroad to meet with locals and advance America's interests. I assure you, Chinese, Russ… Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Bipartisan Group of Senators Re-Introduce Legislation to Provide Assistance, Support for Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today re-introduced the Ukraine Security Partnership Act to provide security assistance and strategic support to Ukraine. "Seven years ago this week, Russia illegally seized Crimea and began a campaign of covert military support for eastern Ukrainian separ… Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Risch, McCaul Send Letter to Blinken Calling for Robust Oversight of COVID-19 Foreign Assistance Funds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken requesting a transparent and responsible distribution of the $10,000,000,000 in U.S. foreign assistance funding that was provided in the recent COVID-19 relief bill. "We are writing to express serious concerns about the politically … Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Risch, Menendez, Rubio, Kaine Introduce Resolution Recognizing 9th Summit of the Americas, Hosted by U.S.

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 Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), ranking member and chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the Western Hemisphere, today introduced a resolution recognizing the 9th Summit of the Americas and reaffirming the United States' commitment to a more prosperous, secure, and democratic Western Hemisphere. "As the United States prepares to ho… Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on Advancing Effective U.S. Policy for Strategic Competition with China in the Twenty-First Century

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today gave opening remarks at a committee hearing on advancing effective U.S. policy for strategic competition with China. The committee heard witness testimony from Dr. Elizabeth Economy, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Mr. Tom Shugart, adjunct senior fellow at the Center for New American Security, and Mr. Saif Khan, research fellow at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology… Continue Reading


March 15, 2021

ICYMI: Ranking Member Risch: Assad’s Decade of Torture Against Syrians Must End

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, provided the following remarks during a virtual event today titled "10 Years of Mass Atrocities in Syria: A Decade of Civilian Suffering" hosted by the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. "Hello, I'm Senator Jim Risch, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "It is my honor to join you all today as we sol… Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

OPINION: A Grim Anniversary, a Promising Path Forward

Guest column submitted by U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee More than 117 million people around the globe have been infected and 2.6 million people have died since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be a pandemic one year ago this week. Over the course of a year, economies were upended, schools and offices shuttered, and livelihoods shattered. Catastrophic failures at all levels accelerated the internat… Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Risch Leads Colleagues in Re-Introducing Comprehensive Legislation to Compete with China

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led eight Republican colleagues in re-introducing the Strengthening Trade, Regional Alliances, Technology, and Economic and Geopolitical Initiatives Concerning China Act (STRATEGIC Act) to advance a comprehensive strategy for U.S. competition with the People's Republic of China (PRC). "The Chinese Communist Party presents an unprecedented threat to not only U.S. values and interests, b… Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on State of Democracy Around the World

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today gave opening remarks at a committee hearing on the state of democracy around the world. The committee heard witness testimony from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula J. Dobriansky, National Endowment for Democracy Reagan-Fascell democracy fellow Peter Biar Ajak, PhD, Burma Campaign UK campaigns officer Wai Hnin Pwint Th… Continue Reading


March 09, 2021

Risch, Menendez Lead SFRC Colleagues in Marking 10th Anniversary of the Syrian Uprising with Bipartisan Resolution

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 led nine of their SFRC colleagues in introducing a bipartisan resolution in observance of the 10th anniversary of the Syrian uprising. In addition to calling on the United States to support humanitarian aid to the Syrian people, the resolution condemns the Assad regime's atrocities against its own citizens and reaffirms the United States' commit… Continue Reading


March 05, 2021

Risch, Cardin, Colleagues Re-Introduce Resolution Encouraging Peaceful Resolution to Conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today were joined by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) in re-introducing a bipartisan resolution calling on the government of Ethiopia, the Tigray People's Liberation Front, and other belligerents to cease all hostilit… Continue Reading


March 05, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Requests Updated Assessment of Venezuela’s Transnational Criminal Network

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday sent a letter to U.S. Comptroller General Eugene Dodaro requesting that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provide an assessment of the scope of the transactional criminal network threat within and from Venezuela, as well as a review of the effectiveness of the United States Government's policies actions, and authorities to combat these criminal threats. "In July 2009, GAO … Continue Reading


March 04, 2021

Joint Statement from Ranking Member Risch and Chairman Menendez on U.S.-Bulgaria Bilateral Relationship

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) issued the following statement on the U.S.-Bulgaria relationship as the country begins the official campaigning period for parliamentary elections: "The United States and Bulgaria have a robust and growing relationship that, like the NATO alliance as a whole, is strongest when it rests on shared democratic values. We would like to see this relationship continue to develop, … Continue Reading


March 04, 2021

Ranking Member Risch and Chairman Menendez Announce SFRC Subcommittee Assignments for 117th Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today announced subcommittee leadership and membership assignments for the 117th Congress. "I am glad to join Chairman Menendez in announcing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee subcommittee chairmen and ranking members for the 117th Congress," said Ranking Member Risch. "These subcommittee leaders bring an impressive amount of foreign policy knowledge to our committee,… Continue Reading


March 04, 2021

Risch, Menendez Unveil New Legislation to Confront Growing Threat of Terrorism in the Sahel

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 introduced new legislation authorizing the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP) program to combat the growing threat of terrorism in the Sahel region of Africa. Entitled the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership Program Act of 2021, the bipartisan legislation establishes in law a program to improve coordination between U.S. govern… Continue Reading

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