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  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks: “Today solemnly marks the 18th year since the September 11th terror attacks. It is still difficult and painful to fathom these acts of evil,...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sens. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, along with Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Banking, led a letter to Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Ross...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement in advance of tomorrow’s 5th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s decision to deny true universal suffrage to Hong Kong: “I am deeply concerned about recent developments in Hong Kong this past...
  • Washington, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement marking two years since the Burmese military began a series of mass atrocities against the Rohingya population: “Yesterday marked the second anniversary of the initiation of mass atrocities by the Burmese...
  • Pretoria, S.A. – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today met with Dr. Naledi Pandor, foreign minister of the Republic of South Africa, to discuss the strategic partnership between the U.S. and South Africa. “I was glad to have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Pandor today to discuss the...
  • Washington, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the historic signing of a power-sharing agreement between Sudan’s Transitional Military Council and the civilian opposition Forces for Freedom and Change in Khartoum. “Today’s historic signing...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding the notification to Congress of the proposed sale of F-16s to Taiwan: “I welcome the proposed sale of F-16V fighter aircraft to Taiwan. These fighters are critical to improving Taiwan’s...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement regarding announcement of a temporary truce in Libya. The truce comes after months of clashes between the United Nations-backed backed Government of National Accord (GNA) and its rival, the eastern-based Libyan...
  • Washington, D.C. — Top foreign policy leaders in the Senate and House today called on the administration to reverse its reported plan to cancel more than $4 billion dollars in funding for American diplomacy and development efforts. Senators James E. Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, John Barrasso (R-WY), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Rick Scott (R-FL), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Josh Hawley (R-MO) today sent a letter to...
  • Washington, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement following news that Saudi Arabia has released dual U.S. citizen Dr. Walid Fitaihi from prison as he awaits trial:  “I welcome reports that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has released dual U.S. citizen Dr....
  • Washington, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement ahead of the end of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, expected tomorrow: “Tomorrow, as a...
  • Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement on the first anniversary of the Zimbabwean military opening fire on opposition activists and innocent civilians, killing at least six of them and injuring many more.  "As Zimbabweans mark this somber anniversary,...
  • Washington, DC -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), chairman and ranking member of the subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, made the following statements regarding...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a business meeting during which members approved one piece of legislation, S. 1441, Protecting Europe's Energy Security Act of 2019.  “This bipartisan bill would sanction companies operating vessels that lay pipes...
  • Washington, D.C. – Chairman Risch made the following statement regarding ongoing protests in Hong Kong, and in response to the Chinese government’s July 29 press conference: “I am deeply concerned by the Chinese government’s statements yesterday that further demonstrate a complete unwillingness to listen to the Hong...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a business meeting during which members approved one piece of legislation, one treaty, 13 nominees, and nine Foreign Service Officer lists.    “I am glad that members of my committee came together...
  • Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today convened a full committee hearing on "Reviewing Authorities for the Use of Military Force", with witness testimonies from The Honorable David Hale, under secretary for political affairs at the Department of State, and Mr. Marik String,...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding Senate consent to ratify four bilateral tax protocols:   “I could not be more pleased that the Senate came together today with such an overwhelming majority to approve the four tax...
  • Washington, DC – In response to news that Turkey began receiving the first shipment of the Russian S-400 surface-to-air-missile system, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of...