Ranking Member's Press

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


March 03, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Nomination Hearing for Deputy 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 Wendy Sherman, nominee to be deputy secretary of State, and the Honorable Brian McKeon, nominee to be deputy secretary of State for management and resources. "The two nominations that we have before us today are really of considerable importance to our foreign policy and to the effectiveness, ce… Continue Reading


March 02, 2021

Risch Statement on Biden Administration’s Actions on Russia

WASHINGTON - 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 announcement that it has imposed new sanctions on the Russian government in response to the poisoning of Alexei Navalny: "I welcome today's sanctions on Russia from the Biden Administration for the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. There must be consequences for Russia's malign actions, particularly the use of chemical and biolo… Continue Reading


March 01, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Welcomes Foreign Relations Committee Spring Interns

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently welcomed four new committee interns for the spring term. "On behalf of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee minority, I am glad to welcome four new interns for the spring term," said Risch. "As we continue to face unprecedented challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, these students will experience firsthand how Congress handles major global issues. I am confident they will have a p… Continue Reading


February 28, 2021

Do Not Repeat Past Mistakes: Risch, Inhofe, Rubio, Toomey, Portman Send Letter to President Biden Underscoring Republican Consensus on Iran Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), ranking member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter Friday to President Joe Biden outlining R… Continue Reading


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

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