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  • 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 U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Roger...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement ahead of the Arab League summit on Thursday: “This week marks one year since war criminal Bashar al-Assad attended the Arab League summit. As expected, he has failed to follow through on any promises he...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, yesterday sent a letter to President Biden asking him to prioritize addressing deficiencies in the NATO alliance at the upcoming summit...
  • 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 National Security Memorandum 20 (NSM-20) report on Israel: “In keeping with nearly four years of failed foreign policy, the Biden Administration is trying to have it both ways....
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday joined Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Katie Britt (R-Ala.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), Marco Rubio...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led 24 Senate colleagues in introducing the No Official Palestine Entry (NOPE) Act, legislation to update existing funding prohibitions in law that would cause the United States to cut off assistance to entities that give additional rights...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), and Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.) in sending a...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke at a Senate Republican press conference condemning the Biden Administration’s blocking of arms sales for Israel. Risch gave the following remarks: “The non-partisan weapons sales process has kept domestic political squabbles out of...
  • 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 decision to hold up certain arms sales to Israel: “President Biden’s clear threat to Israel, made on network television, made it obvious that he and his administration are more...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) introduced the Coordinating AUKUS Engagement with Japan Act, bipartisan legislation aimed at increasing the United States’ cooperation with allies in order to combat the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today met with Jordanian King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein in the U.S. Capitol. “It is always an honor to host King Abdullah in the Capitol. Jordan remains a vital U.S. partner in a tough neighborhood. “The most immediate concern we discussed is...
  • 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 urging him to reject a proposal to waive U.S. sanctions imposed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) yesterday joined the entire Senate Republican conference in sending a letter to President Biden calling for his administration to withdraw its support for two international agreements being considered at this month’s...
  • 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 conflict and humanitarian emergency in Sudan. Witnesses included The Honorable Tom Perriello, U.S. special envoy for Sudan. Ranking Member Risch gave the following...
  • 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, today sent a letter to President Biden and Secretary Blinken urging the repeal of National Security Memorandum 20 (NSM-20), which creates...
  • 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 Europe and Regional Security Cooperation Subcommittee, today led 12 of their colleagues in a bipartisan letter to the Prime Minister of Georgia following the re-introduction of a law that would force...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday introduced the Embassy in a Box Act, legislation requiring the State Department to create and implement a process for better supporting new diplomatic missions. “As the State Department moves to open small embassies to advance our...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statements in support of legislation passed out of committee today: End Iranian Terrorism (End IT) Act and Stop Harboring Iranian Petroleum (SHIP) Act “The Middle East is in an unprecedented period of turmoil. Last...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, today released the following statements on Senate passage of the national security supplemental package: “Our first obligation as Congress is the safety and security of...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the Biden Administration’s decision not to certify the United Kingdom (UK) and Australia for ITAR exemptions under AUKUS: “The Biden Administration’s determination that the UK and Australia do not have a...