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  • 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 issued the following statement on the continued violence by Sudanese security forces against Sudanese citizens and the need for a comprehensive approach to post-coup Sudan:“We strongly condemn the...
  • WASHINGTON – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent Iran and any terrorist or militia groups aligned with Iran from being able to acquire lethal drones.As the United States government intensifies efforts to stop Tehran’s flourishing...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded Senate passage of H.R.6256, to ensure goods made with Uyghur forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region do not enter the United States. Earlier this year, the State Department issued a determination that the Chinese...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced the Guaranteeing Ukraine’s Autonomy by Reinforcing its Defense Act (GUARD Act), legislation to provide critical support to Ukraine as it faces the threat of an invasion from Russia. Risch was joined by Senators Jim Inhofe...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the Senate’s final passage of the FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):“The Democrats’ management of the NDAA this year was disgraceful and disrespectful of the institution. However, I am...
  • 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 nomination hearing for Dr. Amy Gutmann, nominee to be ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, the Honorable Eric M. Garcetti, nominee to be ambassador to the Republic of India,...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Eric Shawn on Fox News to discuss the Biden Administration’s efforts to rejoin the JCPOA. To watch the full interview on YouTube, click here.  On why talks with Iran are a waste of time: “First of all, the...
  • December 10, 2021

    Risch on Human Rights Day

    BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the occasion of International Human Rights Day: “This year on Human Rights Day, we are reminded how blessed we are to live in the United States, where fundamental freedoms are protected and...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) released the following statements on yesterday’s Senate passage of S.Res.380, a resolution reiterating United States support for the people of the Republic of South Sudan in their quest for lasting peace, stability, and...
  • 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 U.S. policy on Taiwan. The committee heard witness testimony from the Honorable Daniel Kritenbrink, assistant secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today published an  op-ed on FoxNews.com on the Biden Administration’s poorly planned “Summit for Democracy” later this week and how it has already caused headaches for Congress, allies, and partners alike.In his op-ed, Senator Risch...
  • 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.-Russia policy. The committee heard witness testimony from the Honorable Victoria Nuland, under secretary of State for political affairs.Ranking Member Risch gave the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke at the Heritage Foundation during an event titled “U.S. Nuclear Declaratory Policy and the Future of Extended Deterrence.” Senator Risch gave the following remarks:“Good morning and thank you to Heritage for having me here...
  • 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 nomination hearing for Mr. Scott Nathan, nominee to be chief executive officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the Honorable John R. Bass,...
  • 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 discussing U.S. policy on democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean. The committee heard witness testimony from the Honorable Brian A. Nichols, assistant secretary of...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after a political agreement was reached between Sudan’s leaders in Khartoum:“The agreement struck between Sudan’s Prime Minister Hamdok and General Burhan over the weekend reflects the complexity and...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, participated in a moderated discussion with U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) at the Halifax International Security Forum over the weekend where he focused on competition with China. On bipartisan efforts to address competition with...
  • HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today co-led a bipartisan Senate Delegation Press Conference at Halifax International Security Forum with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees. Joined by...
  • HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chris Coons (D-Del.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, participated in a moderated discussion entitled #StandTogetherOnChina at the Halifax International Security Forum today. (Photo courtesy of...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined five other top Republicans in Congress, led by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in sending a letter to Biden Administration officials expressing grave concern over reports that the...