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Risch, Ricketts Lead Colleagues in Introducing Resolution Reaffirming Monroe Doctrine Ahead of Its 200th Anniversary

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.) today led nine Senate colleagues in introducing a resolution commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Monroe Doctrine. In addition to Risch and Ricketts, the resolution is cosponsored by Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

“In 1823, James Monroe warned the autocratic powers of the time against interfering in the affairs of the independent republics of the Western Hemisphere. Two hundred years later, the Monroe Doctrine is alive and well and has been embraced by virtually every president and administration since it was put in place,” said Risch. “Unfortunately, China, Russia, and Iran continue to pose similar challenges to the sovereignty and security of our country and our fellow democratic partners in this hemisphere. Ahead of the 200th anniversary of the Monroe Doctrine, I’m proud to introduce a resolution reaffirming its role as an enduring principle of U.S. foreign policy.”

“For 200 years, the Monroe Doctrine has warned foreign powers about meddling in the Western Hemisphere. These warnings are particularly relevant today, given current threats from adversaries like Russia, Iran, and the People’s Republic of China. It is critical that the U.S. strengthens our regional cooperation with our democratic neighbors to prevent our adversaries from spreading their malign influence. I am pleased to co-lead this resolution with Ranking Member Risch to recognize this timeless tenet of American foreign policy,” said Ricketts.

This resolution:

  • Commemorates President James Monroe’s promulgation of the doctrine in 1823.
  • Recalls 19th Century attempts by the Russian Empire to claim North America territory.
  • Affirms U.S. concerns about present-day Russian, Chinese, and Iranian malign influence in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Reaffirms the Monroe Doctrine as an enduring principle of U.S. foreign policy.

Text of the resolution can be found here.