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  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), welcomed the passage of their bipartisan Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2019 (S.2539). The legislation, included in the fiscal year 2021 omnibus spending bill, seeks...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded the passage of the Belarus Democracy, Human Rights, and Sovereignty Act and the Taiwan Assurance Act within Congress’ end-of-year omnibus package. Also included in the package is a Risch-led provision creating a sanctions...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the announcement of the Trump Administration's formal rescission of Sudan's designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST): "Sudan's removal from SST reflects a major milestone in its fragile...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will impose sanctions on the government of Turkey over its purchase of S-400 missiles from Russia: “I am very glad to see that Turkey has...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded final passage of H.R.6395, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA). “Today’s bipartisan passage of the NDAA for fiscal year 2021 is an important step in fulfilling our...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee that oversees civilian security, democracy and human rights, today introduced a bipartisan resolution calling on the government of Ethiopia and the Tigray...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on yesterday’s fraudulent congressional elections in Venezuela: “The Maduro regime’s dismantling of the National Assembly, the last remaining democratic institution in Venezuela, is...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement after speaking with Colombian President Iván Duque: “Today, I was glad to speak with President Iván Duque of Colombia and reaffirm our longstanding, values-based relationship. We...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the sentencing of three pro-democracy Hong Kong activists: “Today’s sentencing of Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, and Ivan Lam in Hong Kong for supporting pro-democracy protests is despicable....
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today published a majority report entitled “The United States and Europe: A Concrete Agenda for Transatlantic Cooperation on China,”to advance greater collaboration between the United States and Europe on the challenges posed by...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a virtual event with Member of European Parliament David McAllister, chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Member of Parliament Tom Tugendhat, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the ongoing fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region between the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF): "The risk of the conflict in Ethiopia...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), will convene a virtual conversation with Member of Parliament Tom Tugendhat, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, and Member of European Parliament David McAllister, chair of the European...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today released the following statement ahead of Georgia’s upcoming parliamentary elections: “Since we traveled together to observe Georgia’s 2012 parliamentary elections, we have watched democracy...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) yesterday in introducing a bipartisan resolution to designate human rights abuses perpetrated by the People’s Republic of China against the Uyghur people and other...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding today’s launch of a U.S.-EU dialogue on China: “Today’s launch of a U.S.-EU dialogue on China, led by Secretary Pompeo and European Union High Representative for Foreign Policy...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the announcement of the Trump Administration’s intent to formally rescind Sudan’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST), as well as the announcement of the normalization of...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding Turkey’s S-400 missile defense system testing today: “Turkey’s test of the Russian S-400 missile defense system is unacceptable behavior from a North Atlantic Treaty Organization...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently spoke with Keir Simmons of NBC News about the state of U.S.-Russia relations. When asked about President Putin’s leadership in Russia, the chairman responded: “This is a one-man show. This is a dictatorship. You can hang...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the recent suspension of the leading Tanzanian opposition candidate's campaign by electoral officials: “Suspending the leading opposition candidate's presidential campaign on bogus charges raises...