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  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the event of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day:“Human trafficking is a scourge that exploits the most vulnerable men, women, and children of any race or nationality. Today, on National Human...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on President Biden’s first call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed:“Given the devastation caused by Ethiopia's war and its impact on the vital U.S.-Ethiopia bilateral relationship, today’s call...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the resignation of Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and the continued state-sponsored violence against protesters in Sudan: “This weekend's resignation of Prime Minister Abdallah...
  • WASHINGTON – On December 22, 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, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), vice chairman of the...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today highlighted his major foreign policy achievements and priorities from the first session of the 117 th Congress.China “China must be our top foreign policy priority. My China bill from last Congress served as the base to craft...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on Russia’s “draft security treaty” for the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): “The Russian government’s publication of...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), chair of the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, today released the following statement on Polish lawmakers’ decision to approve legislation that targets free media and jeopardizes U.S....
  • 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...