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  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) have offered bipartisan legislation to empower U.S. authorities to seize high-priced assets of Russian President Vladimir...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) offered the Russian Elites, Proxies, and Oligarchs Act (REPO Act), legislation to provide additional assistance to Ukraine using assets confiscated from the Central Bank of the Russian Federation and other...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined Senators Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Angus King (I-Maine), and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) in introducing a resolution condemning the arrest of Cardinal Zen in Hong Kong. The resolution also reaffirms the United States’ commitment to...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on Putin’s illegal annexation of four territories in Ukraine: “Putin’s so-called ‘referendums’ in Ukraine over the last week were farcical, just like the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) in introducing a resolution condemning the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman whose killing last week by Iran’s “morality police”...
  • 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 keeping the pressure on Russia and its enablers: examining the reach of and next steps for U.S. sanctions. The witnesses included The Honorable James O'Brien, head of...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, were joined today by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in calling on the Biden Administration to support renewing the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Independent...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rob Portman (R-Ohio), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, recently sent a letter to International Atomic Energy...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today urged President Joe Biden to take action under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act to determine whether Russian opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza’s wrongful and...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Representatives Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), ranking member...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Representative Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) on an effort to enforce U.S. sanctions on Iran until the secretary of State certifies to Congress that Iran has not supported any attempt or activity to kill a U.S....
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) in applauding House passage of their United States Commission on International Religious Freedom...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently welcomed four new committee interns for the fall term. “I’m proud to welcome four new Senate Foreign Relations Committee interns for the fall term,” said Risch. “As Washington and 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 U.S. policy towards Venezuela. The witnesses included The Honorable Brian Nichols, assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere affairs, and The Honorable...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement ahead of tomorrow’s two-year anniversary of the Abraham Accords: “Today marks the two-year anniversary of the Abraham Accords – agreements that have profoundly changed the trajectory of...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced committee passage of the Department of State Authorization Act of 2022, legislation to provide robust authorities for the management and operation of the State Department....
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the committee’s passage of the Taiwan Policy Act: “As China intensifies its threatening rhetoric and military aggression, it’s imperative we take action now to bolster...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last week joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in introducing a resolution honoring Her Royal Majesty Queen...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement as the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) begins its 51st session and the UN General Assembly begins its 77th session: “The Biden Administration was wrong to rejoin the UNHRC,...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: “Today’s passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marks the end of a tremendous era in history. Queen Elizabeth’s life was defined...