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  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on reports of Russian warships intending to conduct military exercises with Cuba and Venezuela in the Western Hemisphere: “Reports of Russian warships transiting to the Western Hemisphere with the intention...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and colleagues yesterday introduced the Illegitimate Court Counteraction Act, legislation that would sanction the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it attempts to investigate, arrest, detain, or...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded Senate passage of his resolution calling for the immediate release of Evan Gershkovich. “Evan Gershkovich has been in jail for over a year for simply doing his job – reporting on Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine,” said Risch....
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today issued this statement after the House of Representatives approved sanctions against...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the 35th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre: “Today, we remember the brave Chinese citizens killed or injured during the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989. We honor their families and those who...
  • 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 Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordering Israel to halt its self-defense campaign in Rafah: “The UN has chosen to support terrorists who use hostages as weapons rather than...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday met with Kenyan President William Ruto in the U.S. Capitol. “It was a pleasure to welcome President Ruto to the U.S. Capitol yesterday. Kenya is an important security and trade partner in Africa, and its commitment to democracy is...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), John Fetterman (D-Pa.), Katie Britt (R-Ala.), and John Thune (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement in response to the International...
  • 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 American diplomacy and global leadership: review of the FY25 State department budget request. Witnesses included The Honorable Antony Blinken, secretary of State. Ranking...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday sent a letter to President Biden asking the administration to certify the United Kingdom and Australian export control systems as comparable to those of the United States and to follow through on implementing Pillar 2 of AUKUS. “Our...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), along with U.S. Representatives Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), sent President Biden a letter urging the administration to implement the REPO Act ahead of the G7 finance ministers’ meeting...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to apply for arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Chief Yoav Gallant: “Today’s ICC decision is absurd. The...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, along with U.S. Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Michael McCaul...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) yesterday introduced a resolution reaffirming that the “one China policy” of the United States and the similar policies of its partners are not equivalent to the “One China Principle” of the Chinese Communist Party...
  • 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 modernization and management: building a department to Address 21st century challenges. Witnesses included The Honorable Richard R. Verma, deputy secretary of management and...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) sent a letter to World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urging him to support Taiwan’s meaningful...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today met with Montenegrin President Jakov Milatovi? in the U.S. Capitol. “It was a pleasure to welcome President Milatovi? to the U.S. Capitol today. As a fellow member of NATO, Montenegro shares an important role in bolstering our collective...
  • 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 arms control and deterrence. Witnesses included The Honorable Bonnie Jenkins, under secretary for arms control and international security at the State...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, yesterday sent a letter to President Biden pressing him on his administration’s tendency to undermine the regular order associated with arms...