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  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on reports of the Chinese navy injuring Australian divers with sonar pulses near Japan: “China’s latest provocation on the high seas, this time directed at Australia, is more than risky operational...
  • WASHINGTON – 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 U.S. Senate Armed Services, Foreign Relations and Appropriations Committees, are announcing additional members of the congressional delegation to the 15th annual Halifax International Security...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke at the Hudson Institute where he made the case for his bipartisan Rebuilding Economic Prosperity and Opportunity (REPO) for Ukrainians Act. On the destruction Russia has caused in Ukraine: “We’ve seen Russian troops commit...
  • 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 released the following statement on the need for the Biden Administration to change its strategy on Sudan: “The Biden Administration's...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) announcement that it would resume U.S. food assistance to Ethiopia: “Several months ago, an undeniable truth came to light and forced the...
  • November 15, 2023

    Risch on Biden-Xi Meeting

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement following after President Biden met with President Xi: “The president has yet again undermined U.S. national security interests and significantly narrowed the space for bipartisan cooperation on China....
  • 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. leadership on artificial intelligence in an era of strategic competition. Witnesses included The Honorable Nathaniel Fick, ambassador at large at the State Department’s...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a senior member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Secretary of State Antony Blinken requesting an explanation of what, if any, legal...
  • WASHINGTON – Next month, 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 U.S. Senate Armed Services, Foreign Relations and Appropriations Committees, intend to lead a bipartisan congressional delegation to participate in the 15th annual Halifax...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led Senate Republican colleagues in releasing the following statement ahead of the Biden-Xi meeting during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit. Joining Risch are Senators Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Thom...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), John Cornyn (R-Texas), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today sent a letter to President Biden expressing concern about his...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), ranking member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, last week sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken asking for clarification on whether the United States...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representatives Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday released the following statement on the latest...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the European Union’s (EU) recommendation to open accession talks with Ukraine and Moldova: “It is encouraging that the EU has assessed that both Ukraine and Moldova have made enough progress in their...
  • 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 meeting with China on arms control this week: “Yesterday’s U.S.-China arms control meeting at the State Department was just more of the same. The Biden Administration seeks to...
  • 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. national security interests in Ukraine. Witnesses included The Honorable James O’Brien, assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs at the Department...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after the United States and NATO announced that NATO member countries, including the United States, would “suspend the operation” of the Conventional Forces in Europe...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today introduced the End Iranian Terror (End IT) Act, legislation that requires the creation of a strategy to counter China’s evasion of sanctions imposed by the United States with respect to Iran. “Since 2021, the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement marking one month since Hamas’ brutal attacks on Israel: “Today marks one month since Hamas’ genocidal attack on innocent Israelis. Terrorists went door to door slaughtering men, women, and children with no...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.), and Ted Cruz (T-Texas) last week introduced the Countering Espionage and Surveillance Entities in Cuba (CEASE) Act, legislation to impose sanctions on any foreign person...