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  • 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...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), co-chairs of the Senate Taiwan Caucus, and 47 other Senate colleagues in sending a letter encouraging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to begin the formal process...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) today released the following statement on the escalation of fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh: “The rapid...
  • WASHINGTON – In advance of World Food Day, U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), along with U.S. Representatives Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Chris Smith (R-N.J.), introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution recognizing a decade of results under the United States Agency...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that the administration consider whether the Russian government poisoned Alexei Navalny with a chemical nerve agent. “We are very...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the passing of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah: “I offer my deepest condolences to the people of Kuwait on the passing of His Highness, Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the upcoming illegitimate elections in Venezuela: “The Venezuelan people continue to suffer atrocities at the hands of a nearly totalitarian, criminal regime. For more than a year, Nicolás...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently welcomed five new committee interns for the fall term. “The Senate Foreign Relations Committee majority is glad to welcome five new interns for the fall term,” said Risch. “While Capitol Hill looks a little different...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today warned Iran of the potential consequences of its actions during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on U.S. policy in the Middle East. “I want to drill down very, very specifically on the outside chance that the Iranians...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full committee hearing on U.S. policy in a changing Middle East, with witness testimony from Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale and U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela Elliott...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday gave virtual remarks during the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) Forum in which he discussed the transatlantic alliance and the shared threat that China poses to the United States and Europe. Highlights: On the transatlantic...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today held a committee business meeting during which members approved 15 nominees. “Processing nominations continues to be a core responsibility of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and I am glad the committee approved another...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full committee hearing on advancing U.S. engagement and countering China in the Indo-Pacific and beyond, which included discussion of the STRATEGIC Act, legislation Risch introduced earlier this year. The committee heard witness...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently spoke with Keir Simmons of the TODAY Show to discuss yesterday’s Abraham Accords signing ceremony at the White House.  When asked whether he thought the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia might soon follow the lead of the United Arab...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today attended a signing ceremony at the White House where the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Bahrain formally normalized diplomatic relations with Israel. Also in attendance at the ceremony were President Donald Trump, Israeli...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Chris Coons...
  • BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the announcement of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain: “Today’s agreement between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain to establish full diplomatic relations marks...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues, along with Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Ed Markey...