Ranking Member's Press

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


December 07, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing Entitled: Update on U.S.-Russia Policy

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.-Russia policy. The committee heard witness testimony from the Honorable Victoria Nuland, under secretary of State for political affairs.Ranking Member Risch gave the following remarks: “Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman.“That was an extensive opening statement, and I would like to join in the chairman’s remarks. This… Continue Reading


December 07, 2021

ICYMI: Risch at Heritage: Sole Purpose Would Embolden Russia and China

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke at the Heritage Foundation during an event titled “U.S. Nuclear Declaratory Policy and the Future of Extended Deterrence.” Senator Risch gave the following remarks:“Good morning and thank you to Heritage for having me here today. It’s good to be back and discussing a topic that Heritage has done so much good work on over many, many years. This conversation is of particular signifi… Continue Reading


December 01, 2021

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 Mr. Scott Nathan, nominee to be chief executive officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the Honorable John R. Bass, nominee to be to be an under secretary of State for management, the Honorable Mark Brzezinski, nominee to be ambassador to Poland, and Mr. Michael M. Adl… Continue Reading


November 30, 2021

Ranking Member Risch Opening Statement at Hearing on U.S. Policy on Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean

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 discussing U.S. policy on democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean. The committee heard witness testimony from the Honorable Brian A. Nichols, assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere affairs and the Honorable Todd Robinson, assistant secretary of State for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs.R… Continue Reading


November 22, 2021

Risch on This Weekend’s Political Agreement in Sudan

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after a political agreement was reached between Sudan’s leaders in Khartoum:“The agreement struck between Sudan’s Prime Minister Hamdok and General Burhan over the weekend reflects the complexity and imbalance of Sudan’s democratic transition. While we all hope this deal will bring Sudan closer to the democracy desired by the Sudanese citizens that dro… Continue Reading


November 22, 2021

ICYMI: Risch on China at Halifax International Security Forum

BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, participated in a moderated discussion with U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) at the Halifax International Security Forum over the weekend where he focused on competition with China. On bipartisan efforts to address competition with China in Congress: "Everybody here reads in the media about the toxic atmosphere in the United States Senate, and certainly we are in real disagreement on s… Continue Reading


November 20, 2021

Risch and Shaheen Lead Bipartisan Senate Delegation Press Conference at Halifax International Security Forum

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today co-led a bipartisan Senate Delegation Press Conference at Halifax International Security Forum with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees. Joined by U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), the lawmakers addressed the national and global secur… Continue Reading


November 20, 2021

Risch, Coons Discuss Competition with China at Halifax International Security Forum

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chris Coons (D-Del.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, participated in a moderated discussion entitled #StandTogetherOnChina at the Halifax International Security Forum today. (Photo courtesy of Halifax International Security Forum) "China is, and has to be, our major foreign policy issue. It's something that we're all focused on," said Risch. "Thi… Continue Reading


November 19, 2021

Republican Defense Leaders in Congress Condemn Reported Censorship of Pentagon Views on Long-Standing Nuclear Policies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined five other top Republicans in Congress, led by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in sending a letter to Biden Administration officials expressing grave concern over reports that the National Security Council has blocked the Department of Defense from making recommendations about changes to the United States’ nuclear declaratory p… Continue Reading


November 19, 2021

Risch, Shaheen, Johnson, Cardin Issue Joint Statement on Former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chair and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), chair of the Helsinki Commission, today issued a joint statement in response to the treatment of former President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili: "We are closely following former President Saakashvili's situation and treatment, … Continue Reading


November 19, 2021

MEDIA ADVISORY: Risch Itinerary for Halifax International Security Forum

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is co-leading a bipartisan Senate delegation to the Halifax International Security Forum this weekend with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). Below is a schedule of public events Senator Risch will participate in:SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20 10:45-11:45AM AST (9:45-10:45AM EST) #StandTogetherOnChina Plenary SessionSenators Risch & Coons Speaking. A live stream of the panel will be availa… Continue Reading


November 19, 2021

SATURDAY: Risch and Shaheen to Lead Bipartisan Senate Delegation Press Conference at Halifax International Security Forum

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - On Saturday at 3:15PM AST, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, will lead the bipartisan Senate delegation to the Halifax International Security Forum in a press conference. The lawmakers will address the national and global security challenges being discussed among hundreds of leaders from around the world at t… Continue Reading


November 18, 2021

Risch Objects to Moving NDAA Package without Nord Stream 2 Provision

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, took to the Senate floor tonight to object to moving the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) without his amendment that would sanction the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Putin's premier energy weapon against Ukraine and Europe. "Madam President, I'm reserving my right to object. I want to speak today on behalf of my amendment, Risch 4794, which is not included on that list, which I've… Continue Reading

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