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  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) issued the following statement on the U.S.-Bulgaria relationship as the country begins the official campaigning period for parliamentary elections: “The United States and Bulgaria have a robust and growing...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today announced subcommittee leadership and membership assignments for the 117th Congress.  “I am glad to join Chairman Menendez in announcing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee subcommittee chairmen and...
  • 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 introduced new legislation authorizing the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP) program to combat the growing threat of terrorism in the Sahel region of Africa. Entitled the...
  • 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 the Honorable Wendy Sherman, nominee to be deputy secretary of State, and the Honorable Brian McKeon, nominee to be deputy secretary of State for...
  • 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 announcement that it has imposed new sanctions on the Russian government in response to the poisoning of Alexei Navalny: “I welcome today’s sanctions on...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently welcomed four new committee interns for the spring term. “On behalf of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee minority, I am glad to welcome four new interns for the spring term,” said Risch. “As we continue to...
  • 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, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), ranking member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, and Rob...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on last night’s U.S. airstrikes conducted in Syria: “As the Iranian regime continues to test American resolve under a new administration, establishing and maintaining credible deterrence...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s announcement that the United States will seek a seat on the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council for the 2022-2024 term: “I am disappointed that...
  • 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, along with Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), co-chairs of the House Georgia Caucus, today released the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s confirmation as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (UN): “Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield has a long-standing record of service at the Department of State and...
  • BOISE, Idaho – 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 congressionally mandated report that was supposed to identify all entities actively involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The report was due...
  • BOISE, Idaho – 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 United States and Japan have extended by one year the current cost-sharing arrangement to host U.S. troops on Japanese soil: “The U.S.-Japan alliance is one of the...
  • 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 recent events in Georgia: “We are deeply concerned by recent political developments in...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations committee and co-chair of the Senate Poland Caucus, and Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), lead Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today released the following statement on their concerns with the government of Poland’s...
  • 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 sent a letter to President Joe Biden in support of the full implementation of Nord Stream II-related legislation passed into law...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), lead Democrat on the East Asia subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), released the following statement upon the announcement by the Biden...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced an update to senior staff positions for his committee office. “I am proud of the talented team I have assembled over the last two years to support me as chairman, and now ranking member of this historic...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) was elected ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the 117th Congress today. Risch previously served as chairman of the committee during the 116th Congress. “I am glad to once again have the confidence of my colleagues to serve as the Republican leader of the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after a phone conversation with Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau yesterday: “I was glad to speak with Foreign Minister Garneau yesterday regarding a number of issues important to both the United...