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  • 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...
  • WASHINGTON – Tonight, the Biden Administration announced they are beginning the process of rescinding the Foreign Terrorist Organization designation for the Houthis in Yemen. Last month, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul expressed their wish...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), top Democrat on the East Asia Subcommittee, Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today urged the Biden Administration to take several key steps in...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), today introduced the American Values Act, legislation to permanently enact and expand existing prohibitions on the use of U.S. foreign assistance to pay...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the Biden Administration’s extension of the New START Treaty for five years: “As the new administration extends New START for five years, I note its pledge to pursue future talks to address...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today gave virtual opening remarks for a panel on China, Hong Kong, and Democracy during Florida International University’s State of the World 2021 conference. Highlights: On the importance of the competition with China: “It is...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on Russia’s sentencing of Alexei Navalny to two years and eight months in prison: “The decision of the Moscow court today to re-impose a jail term on Alexei Navalny for a politically-motivated...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the Biden Administration’s determination that the military takeover of power in Myanmar constitutes a coup: “The administration made the right decision in determining a coup has taken place...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the Myanmar military’s seizure of power from its civilian-run government in a coup: “I am deeply alarmed by the military coup in Myanmar, and condemn the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, were joined by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, as well as Senators Tim Kaine...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Senate colleagues in reintroducing the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. This bipartisan bill will ensure that goods made with Uyghur forced labor in the Xinjiang...