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  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement following the declaration of the results of Kenya's August 9th presidential election:“I congratulate the Kenyan people for their peaceful and earnest participation in the recent August 9th general...
  • 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 are urging the Biden Administration to engage on U.S.-Iraqi shared economic interests by preserving energy firms’ access to the Iraqi-Kurdish region’s energy sector. In a new letter to Secretary of...
  • 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 one-year anniversary of the fall of Kabul on August 15 and the United States’ hazardous withdrawal from Afghanistan: “In the one year since Kabul fell to the Taliban and the...
  • 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 suspension of New START Treaty (NST) inspections: “Russia’s suspension of NST inspections should come as no surprise given its long-standing pattern of violating both...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the below statement following China’s live-fire exercises around Taiwan:“China’s dangerous and provocative live-fire exercises around Taiwan are yet another chapter in Beijing’s unrelenting...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after the Senate voted to ratify the accession protocols for Finland and Sweden to join NATO: “Today’s ratification of Finland and Sweden as new members of NATO sends a strong message of...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chris Coons (D-Del.), and chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies, today introduced the Securing Allies Food in Emergencies Act (SAFE Act), legislation to...
  • WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the announcement that the U.S. government killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri: “The strike against al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri was the right move. The loss of a leader can be significant,...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today was joined by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) in sending a letter to President Biden requesting his administration exercise extreme due diligence of any lending to Argentina given its long...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with U.S. Representatives Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.), ranking member and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to President Biden urging his...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor advocating for the Senate to proceed quickly to the consideration of the accession protocols for Finland and Sweden to join NATO. Watch Risch’s full floor remarks on...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (TX-10), lead Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary Blinken expressing support for oversight and accountability of U.S. military, economic, and political...
  • WASHINGTON – Nearly one year since the Taliban’s brutal takeover in Afghanistan, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in addition to Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), are calling on the United Nations to take targeted...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced the Economic and Commercial Opportunities and Networks Act (ECON Act), to strengthen economic and commercial diplomacy.“U.S. foreign policy must include strong economic and commercial diplomacy and policy,” said...
  • 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. national security and economic statecraft: ensuring U.S. global leadership for the twenty-first century. The witnesses included The Honorable Jose W. Fernandez, under...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and John Boozman (R-Ark.)  today introduced the Global Food Security Act, which reauthorizes the Feed the Future Initiative, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. The...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with U.S. Representatives Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today released the below statement following...
  • 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 diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in U.S. diplomacy and development. The witnesses included The Honorable Gina K. Abercrombie-Winstanley, chief diversity and...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently welcomed eight new committee interns for the summer term. “On behalf of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee minority, I’m happy to welcome a new group of talented and ambitious interns for our summer...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (Texas-10), lead Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary Blinken expressing concern that a mandated State Department report failed to address the Assad...