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  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Friday sent a letter to Mr. Dev Jagadesan, acting chief executive officer and deputy general counsel for the U.S. International Development Finance Institution (DFC), expressing concerns that U.S. investments in the solar industry are...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Friday wrote a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen urging the Biden Administration to complement the European Union’s announced sanctions framework to...
  • 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.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in introducing new legislation authorizing the United States’ endorsement of and work 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 the state of the State Department and State Department authorization. The committee heard witness testimony from the honorable Brian McKeon, deputy secretary of State for...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) and 33 Republican colleagues in introducing the Upholding the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Law Act of 2021, a bill to protect the full and faithful implementation of the Jerusalem Embassy Act...
  • 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 Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, will lead a bipartisan congressional delegation to participate in the 13th annual Halifax International Security Forum....
  • WASHINGTON – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released the following statement as the Biden Administration reviews country eligibility for trade benefits laid out in the African Growth and Opportunity (AGOA) Act:“AGOA trade benefits have...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on this week’s 50th anniversary of the passage of UN Resolution 2758, which granted the People’s Republic of China (PRC) membership in the United Nations (UN):“Over the past five decades, the PRC has used UN...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representatives Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following joint statement on the coup in...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today published an op-ed in Defense News on how the Biden Administration should reject a “sole purpose” nuclear policy in order to protect U.S. and allied security.“Sole purpose” is another name for “no first use”:“While...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after President Biden’s remarks last night regarding Taiwan and the White House’s subsequent clarification:“The administration is sending confusing messages on Taiwan. Words are important, and we...
  • Senators call upon Cambodian government to live up to its commitments to democracy and neutrality. WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), chairman and ranking member of the East Asia Subcommittee on the Senate Foreign Relations...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to the inspectors general of the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chris Coons (D-Del.), member of the Subcommittee on African Affairs and chairman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, today released the following statement on the challenges facing Sudan's transition 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 nomination hearing. The second panel consisted of the Honorable Rahm Emanuel, nominee to be ambassador to Japan, and Mr. Jonathan Eric Kaplan, nominee to be ambassador to the Republic...
  • 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. The first panel consisted of the Honorable R. Nicholas Burns, nominee to be ambassador to the People's Republic of China.Ranking Member Risch gave the following...
  • 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 today’s committee 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, released the following statement after meeting with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi today: “Iran continues to steadily advance its nuclear program, while violating its international obligations and...
  • 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 Colin Powell, a former four-star general in the United States Army who served as Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and National Security Advisor under four...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the election of 18 new members to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC): “Today’s UNHRC election is a sham – every country, including the United States, is running unopposed....