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  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently published an op-ed in Daily Maverick on the need for the United States and Europe to work together with Africa. “While the United States and Europe may have vastly different histories, priorities, and strategies for...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s passage of a bipartisan resolution led by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and John Thune (R-S.D.) today introduced a bill to require the U.S. State Department to release a public, unclassified version of the July 13, 2021, internal dissent channel cable that reportedly warned of the rapidly deteriorating security...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, Rob Portman (R-Ohio), chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Judy Woodruff on PBS NewsHour to discuss Russia's military escalation towards Ukraine and his new legislation, the NYET Act , which is intended to deter Russian aggression. To watch the full interview on YouTube, click here. On...
  • 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 entitled, Reinvigorating U.S.-Colombia Relations. The witnesses for panel one included: The Honorable Brian A. Nichols, assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere...
  • 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 Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today introduced the Accountability for Cryptocurrency in El Salvador (ACES) Act , legislation requiring a State Department report on El Salvador’s adoption of Bitcoin, a...
  • WASHINGTON – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member and Chairman Jim Risch and Bob Menendez, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman and Ranking Member Jack Reed and James Inhofe, and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman and Ranking Member Mark Warner and...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a majority of his Republican colleagues in introducing the Never Yielding Europe’s Territory (NYET) Act to provide the critical support Ukraine needs to defend itself and deter Russian aggression today, while imposing real...
  • WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Erin Burnett on CNN to discuss Russia’s increasing aggression against Ukraine: To watch the full interview on YouTube, click here. On whether U.S. troops will enter Ukraine: “The U.S. troops are a part of NATO. NATO is...
  • 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 released the following statement on the United States’ new Indo-Pacific strategy:“Even as we work with our allies and partners to face critical challenges around the world, the United States must not...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the U.S. Army’s investigation into the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan last year:“Reports regarding the U.S. Army’s investigation into the botched Afghanistan evacuation mirror the findings in my report...
  • ‘We are committed to using the full range of options and leverage available to United States Senators… implementation of any agreement will be severely if not terminally hampered’WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday joined U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of 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, were joined by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, today in introducing the United States-Ecuador...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced a Twitter campaign entitled #CCPrisoners. During the 27 days of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Senator Risch will be highlighting 27 individuals who have been unjustly kidnapped, detained, or killed by the CCP, whether that...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today published a report entitled “ Left Behind: A Brief Assessment of the Biden Administration’s Strategic Failures during the Afghanistan Evacuation ,” to give an overview of what went wrong in the planning and execution of the Biden...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the Biden Administration’s refusal to fully answer questions regarding the withdrawal from Afghanistan and evacuation efforts since August:“While I appreciate that Secretary Austin finally came to the Hill to...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-Texas), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressing concern regarding the energy deals the Biden Administration is...
  • 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. policy in the wake of Sudan’s October 25th coup. The committee heard witness testimony from the Honorable Mary Catherine Phee, assistant secretary of State for African...
  • 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 following statement in advance of the first anniversary of the coup in Burma on February 1:“Tomorrow marks one year since the Tatmadaw carried out a violent military coup d’etat in Burma,...