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WASHINGTON – The past four years have seen American foreign policy take a narrower view of national interests, with President Donald Trump often preferring to act alone. But a new report from Sen. Jim Risch makes the case for the U.S. to work more closely with its European allies to counter growing Chinese influence on the world stage.
As Election Day came to a close with no clear outcome in the presidential race and control of the Senate still undecided, Idaho remained a bastion of congressional Republicans as all three of the state's GOP incumbents appeared headed for decisive wins Tuesday.
Though Jim Risch has only been in the Senate for 10 years, he's spent several decades in public office. His opponent, Democrat Paulette Jordan, said the wealthy rancher has lost touch with his constituents and should be open to more public debates prior to the election.
Washington lawmakers and elections officials from both sides of the aisle challenged President Donald Trump’s Thursday morning tweet suggesting the United States should delay the November election, saying the president does not have the power to push back an election and that the vote-by-mail system is secure.
WASHINGTON – With key pieces of the federal government’s COVID-19 response set to expire at the end of July, time is running out for Congress to negotiate another round of pandemic relief spending, and lawmakers remain far apart on what a compromise bill should look like.
WASHINGTON – Lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol on Monday after a two-week break, facing a de facto deadline at the end of the month to pass another round of coronavirus relief, but Republicans and Democrats will first need to reconcile dramatically different visions for what the legislation should include.
New legislation introduced by two Idaho Republicans would expand a controversial federal program that lets states partner with the U.S. Forest Service for forest management projects, allowing tribes and counties to collect revenue from timber sales from public lands.
WASHINGTON – As the numbers of infections and deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19 continue to climb, Senators questioned Trump administration officials Thursday about the government’s response to the crisis and preparedness for future pandemics.
All-mail balloting led to a boost in turnout and late returns in Kootenai County, where several Republican primaries were up for grabs. But favorites in the federal races emerged from early returns Tuesday night.
The president said Tuesday he would withhold funding from the international health organization pending a review that could take up to 90 days, even as the world tries to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Critics say the decision comes at the worst time, as countries try to eradicate the highly contagious virus that was initially downplayed in warnings from the United Nations’ health agency.
The bill, which is slated for a vote in the House of Representatives on Friday, helps small businesses by backing lenders with federal money and gives schools the ability to help students whose routines have been upended by the coronavirus response.
Former Idaho Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state lawmaker Paulette Jordan announced Friday that she’s challenging two-term Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Risch.
Republicans called the effort to remove Donald Trump from the White House an inadequate, partisan exercise, while Democrats said the ongoing concerns about electoral autonomy necessitated a conviction.
Nortnwest Republicans give President Trump’s speech high praise, Democrats call it a “victory lap” short on details for the future.
Years from now, as the no-trial impeachment trial of President Trump is reduced to lowlights by history, one image will indelibly symbolize the travesty: Idaho’s Jim Risch asleep during the trial on the Senate floor.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers responded to the testimony from U.S. Ambassador Gordon Sondland with silence. Senator Patty Murray said the impeachment testimony Wednesday further confirms that the president invited foreign interference into 2020 elections, but Senator Mike Crapo said he’s heard nothing impeachable thus far.
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said President Trump was “wrong” in his suggestion that four congresswoman should go back to the countries they came from.
Idaho has brief, though deep, history of electing senators who distinguished themselves as truth-tellers and swimmers-against-the-tide while chairing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Now comes Jim Risch. One wonders what kind of legacy he will leave.
Republicans heard a strong, pro-America speech in the State of the Union. Democrats a hollow ringing call for division.
The U.S. Senate voted 63-37 last week to advance a resolution aimed at ending U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen; Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, who is in line to chair the Senate Foreign Relations committee in January, opposed it, while current Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker supported it.