Risch Elected Foreign Relations Committee Chairman
Third Idahoan To Hold Position
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A U.S. Senator from Idaho is now chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Jim Risch was elected to the position yesterday.
As chairman, he’ll oversee the committee that handles legislation concerning the conduct of U.S. foreign policy, including foreign assistance, treaties, and declarations of war. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee also is responsible for oversight of the U.S. State Department and review of executive branch nominations that carry out U.S. diplomacy, including secretary of state and U.S. ambassadorships.
In a press release, Risch said “I am firmly committed to doing whatever is necessary in my capacity as chairman to protect the security and interests of the American people, in addition to continuing to advance U.S. prosperity and leadership. This will necessitate that the committee give attention to the crises of the given moment as well as the larger strategic outlook for the future of American foreign policy. There will be time for both as our committee tackles a number of challenging issues and debates pragmatic solutions.”
Risch went on to say “I look forward to giving Idaho a voice on the global stage as we look to confront many issues that hit home across my state, like advancing the interests of Idaho citizens and businesses in international trade and investment, promoting Idaho exports, and supporting human rights and confronting the problem of sex trafficking. It is especially timely that important provisions of the Columbia River Treaty will need to be renegotiated by the State Department, which reports directly to this committee, and I will oversee these negotiations with Idaho as my top priority. The people of Idaho have elected me to public office many times over the years, and I am grateful for their continued trust and confidence.”
Risch is the third Idahoan to hold the position. William Borah was chairman from 1925-1933 and Frank Church was chairman from 1979-1980.