Ranking Member's Press

June 09, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S. Policy on Belarus

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 U.S. Policy on Belarus. The committee heard witness testimony from the honorable Julie Fisher, United States ambassador-designate to the Republic of Belarus, Ms. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of the Democratic Opposition in Belarus, and Mr. Jamie Fly, president and CEO, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.Ranking Member Ri… Continue Reading


June 08, 2021

Ranking Member Risch on Final Passage of China Legislation

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 United States Innovation and Competition Act (S.1260): "As I have said for years, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) presents a grave threat to U.S. values and interests, and its malign influence across the globe puts our own freedoms at risk here at home," said Risch. "Last month, 21 members of the Senate Foreign Rel… Continue Reading


June 08, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on FY 2022 State Department Budget Request

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 FY 2022 State Department budget request. The committee heard witness testimony from Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken. Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman. And I join you in the expression of frustration for the tremendous number of issues we have and the minimal time we really… Continue Reading


June 07, 2021

Risch: Accountability for Tragedies in Cameroon is Good First Step

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, applauded Secretary Blinken's announcement today that the United States will impose visa restrictions on individuals who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the peaceful resolution of the crisis in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon. "For nearly four years, the English-speaking Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon have experienced one of most neglected hum… Continue Reading


June 07, 2021

Risch, Menendez, Meeks, McCaul Join Biden Administration Push to Restore Cross-border Aid Deliveries 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 Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today joined to reaffirm their support for the Biden Administration’s push to restore life-saving humanitarian assistance to millions of innocent Syrians by facilitating its delivery to those outside areas the… Continue Reading


June 04, 2021

Risch Recognizes the Tiananmen Square Anniversary and Honors Its Continued Legacy

BOISE, Idaho - Today, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, gave the following statement in recognition of the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre:“Thirty-two years ago, hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens gathered in Tiananmen Square to call for democracy, free speech, and a free press in China. These protestors - many of whom were students and young professionals - risked their lives with the hope of life in a free Chin… Continue Reading


May 28, 2021

Risch on FY2022 Budget Request: Throwing Good Money at Bad Programs Will Not Advance U.S. Interests

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 FY2022 international affairs budget request:“At first glance, the president's international affairs budget request for FY2022 appears to have some bright spots, in particular the areas which aim to advance the global health security of the United States overseas. Unfortunately, bipartisan priorities like this one are at risk o… Continue Reading


May 28, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S. Response to Ongoing Crisis in Ethiopia

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 U.S. strategy and policy response to the ongoing crisis in Ethiopia.  Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman.“Ethiopia is a vital and strategic security, economic, and regional partner, whose relationship did improve significantly with the United States under Prime Minister Abiy’s go… Continue Reading


May 27, 2021

Risch Introduces Resolution Condemning Rise in Anti-Semitism Across Globe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced a resolution condemning the rise in anti-Semitism incidents globally since terrorists in the Gaza Strip triggered several days of violence against Israel on May 10, 2021.“While anti-Semitism is on a rise across the world, the recent violence between Israel and Hamas has led to an increase in attacks against Jewish communities,” said Risch. “This violence is further fueled by … Continue Reading


May 26, 2021

Risch, McCaul: Nord Stream 2 Subject to CAATSA Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), lead Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, yesterday sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken requesting an explanation from the administration as to why Nord Stream 2 AG has not been sanctioned under Section 228 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), as required by law.“We are very conce… Continue Reading


May 25, 2021

Risch: Syrians Deserve a Legitimate Presidential Election, Not More Bloodshed

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement ahead of Syria’s presidential election on May 26:“On May 26, Syria will hold yet another illegitimate presidential election that will almost certainly extend dictator Bashar al Assad’s rule for a fourth seven-year term. “I am troubled by a number of reports of voter harassment and intimidation that have emerged in the lead up to this election. Worse, t… Continue Reading


May 25, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Meets with Colombian VP Marta Lucia Ramirez

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after meeting with Colombian Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez: "I was glad to meet with Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez today to discuss challenges and opportunities for our countries and the Western Hemisphere. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, the worsening security situation in Venezuela, and the malign influence of state and non-state actors, Colo… Continue Reading


May 24, 2021

Risch on Lukashenka’s Forced Diversion of Flight to Arrest Journalist

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement in response to the Lukashenka regime’s forced diversion of a commercial flight yesterday in order to arrest a Belarusian journalist and dissident:“I strongly condemn the Lukashenka regime’s forced diversion of a commercial flight in order to arrest Belarusian journalist Raman Pratasevich. This hijacking is intolerable and must be immediately reviewed by … Continue Reading


May 21, 2021

Risch, Rubio, Colleagues Push Amendment to Protect American Research from China

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.), vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, in filing an amendment to the Endless Frontier Act (S.1260) to establish a counterintelligence screening process to protect the United States against efforts by China and other adversaries to engage in economic espionage and misappropriate America's intellectual property, research… Continue Reading


May 21, 2021

Risch, Menendez Announce Introduction of Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Human Rights Legacy of Andrei Sakharov

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 commemorated the 100th anniversary of Nobel laureate Andrei Sakharov's birthday by announcing they will introduce a bipartisan resolution lauding the renowned physicist's legacy of activism and impassioned dedication to human rights advocacy and nuclear disarmament. "At huge personal cost, Andrei Sakharov devoted himself to fighting the Soviet Un… Continue Reading


May 21, 2021

­Risch Requests Review of Child Protection Compacts in Effort to Improve Fight Against Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to U.S. Comptroller General Eugene Dodaro requesting that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) undertake a review of Child Protection Compacts (CPC), a key Department of State initiative to combat international child trafficking.“According to estimates by the International Labor Organization, in 2016 there were an estimated 25 million victims of human trafficking wor… Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Risch, Cardin Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution Encouraging Peaceful End 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 applauded Senate passage of their bipartisan resolution calling on the government of Ethiopia, the Tigray People's Liberation Front, and other belligerents in the conflict in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia to cease all hostilities, protect human rights, allow unfettered humanitarian access, and cooperate … Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Risch, Colleagues: Biden Should Commit to Credible Extended Deterrence during U.S.-South Korea Summit

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.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement ahead of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s summit with President Biden this week:“President Biden’s summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in this week provides an important o… Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Risch, McCaul to Biden: The U.S. Must Stand With Israel, Not Delay Arms Sales

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), lead Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to President Biden encouraging the administration to stand by Israel, resist calls to delay the sale of important munitions, and expedite the processing and delivery of those munitions as much as possible.“We are especially concerned by calls to delay the pending sale … Continue Reading


May 19, 2021

Risch: Biden and Blinken are Handing Putin a Gift with NS2 Waivers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the State Department’s impending report on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, as mandated by the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act:“The administration has finally acknowledged what we’ve known all along - the entities sanctioned in today’s Nord Stream 2 report have been engaged in sanctionable activities for months. This determination took longer than … Continue Reading

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