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  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and others in a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Appropriations Committee Chair...
  • 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 Iran’s proxy network in the Middle East. Witnesses included Dr. Suzanne Maloney, vice president and director of foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, and The...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), ranking member of the SFRC Subcommittee on Africa, and Representative John James (R-Mich.), chairman of the HFAC...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on Sweden’s accession to NATO: “Nineteen months after the accession protocol was signed, I am grateful the last country, Hungary, has finally ratified Sweden as a member of NATO. While it is disappointing...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last week led Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) in sending a letter to President Biden expressing concerns over...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement ahead of the two-year anniversary of Russia’s brutal, unprovoked invasion of Ukraine: “The full-scale attack on Ukraine two years ago is a clear indication that the world is becoming less stable. As the...
  • MUNICH, Germany – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) led a bipartisan group of senators, all of whom are currently participating in the Munich Security Conference, in a joint statement following the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Joining Risch...
  • 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 Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, introduced a resolution recognizing the actions of the...
  • WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today released the following statement on Senate passage of the national security supplemental funding package: “Our first and primary responsibility as senators is the safety and security of Idaho and the United States of America. This is done through a strong and ready...
  • 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: “The Biden Administration’s new arms transfer policy demonstrates a pattern of shortsighted decisions that prioritize virtue signaling to...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this week published an op-ed in the Washington Times detailing why the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) need to be disbanded. On the corruption of UNRWA: “Reports indicate that for years,...
  • 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 nominations hearing. The nominees included Dr. Dafna Hochman Rand to be assistant secretary of State for democracy, human rights, and labor, Donna Ann Welton to be ambassador to the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined Senators Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and a bipartisan group of 26 colleagues in sending a letter to Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Mike Johnson (R-La.) encouraging him to invite Japanese Prime Minister...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the State Department’s annual report on the New START Treaty (NST): “The State Department’s determination that Russia has failed to comply with its NST obligations is hardly shocking. What is shocking,...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and a bipartisan group of colleagues in sending a letter to President Joe Biden calling on him to enforce current law and act against Iran’s illicit oil trade through sanctions. The...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.), and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) led a group of 21 Republican senators to demand the national security supplemental bill include “an immediate and permanent prohibition” of U.S. aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representatives Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Maria Salazar (R-Fla.), chairwoman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, today released the following statement on the Maduro...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the attack on U.S. service members in Jordan over the weekend:  “I am devastated to hear three U.S. service members were killed and dozens were wounded in an Iran-backed drone attack in Jordan over the...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on reports that staff from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) were allegedly complicit in the kidnapping of Israelis on October 7: “It is...
  • BOISE, Idaho - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on Turkey’s ratification of Sweden’s accession to NATO: “After months of inaction, I am glad Turkey finally acted to bring Sweden into NATO. It’s unfortunate Sweden had to wait so long for this outcome....