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Eye On Boise Jim Risch archive

SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018

Limerick: Holding up the budget vote

Context: He actually did this, in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent the naming of the White Clouds Wilderness after the late longtime Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus, who died last year just short of his 85th birthday: Watch out for Sen. Jim Risch When dissing ol’...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018


Risch's objections to renaming White Clouds for Andrus push Senate budget approval past midnight

The $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress approved early Friday was shaped by battles over major issues like immigration, health care and defense. But one of the last disputes involved a Republican Idaho senator's effort to prevent a wilderness area from being renamed for his state's deceased Democratic governor. In the end, Sen. James Risch lost...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 6, 2017

Risch praises sage grouse announcement 

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch says he supports the Department of Interior’s change of direction on sage grouse conservation plans; here’s his full statement: “The last administration invited the western governors to create their own sage-grouse management plans. Those plans were subsequently rewritten on the banks...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2017

THURSDAY, AUG. 24, 2017

Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, fields a question from Amber LaBelle of Garden City during a small business event in downtown Boise on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Risch: Health care changes must be bipartisan 23 

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch declared Thursday that health care reform can’t succeed with just one party backing it, saying it must be bipartisan. Risch, a conservative Republican, said no major social program in American history has succeeded with just one party backing it, and he said that’s at the root of problems with Obamacare, which he called...

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MONDAY, AUG. 14, 2017


Risch condemns 'hateful acts of racism,' white supremacy 

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch this afternoon issued a statement condemning the “hateful acts of racism” in Charlottesville over the weekend. Sen. Mike Crapo and 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson issued statements yesterday; 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador's office still hasn't responded to repeated requests for...

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