Idaho's Sen. Risch said there is "robust debate" on what to do with Iran

WASHINGTON (GrayDC/AP) Days after an attack on the world's largest crude oil processing plant in Saudi Arabia, Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) said there is robust debate in the halls of Congress about their role in the response.

Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) comments on the Saturday drone strike on Saudi Arabia oil fields on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. (Source: GrayDC)

Risch would not comment further on that debate.

Sen. Risch, as a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, works closely with President Trump on major issues like this. He said he knows the President "does not want to pull the trigger" against Iran.

In the wake of the drone attack, oil prices jumped by more than 14 percent Monday, but retreated on Tuesday. The attack did not have as profound an impact on gas prices in the U.S., according to Risch.

“For the average consumer in Idaho, they’re not gonna see the kind of effect that it could have been without the policies that we put in place," he said.

He credits recent U.S. energy policies and increased energy independence.

"Americans have become, which most Americans know, and I think to the surprise of all of us, the number one producer of oil in the world," Risch said.

U.S. and Saudi officials believe Iran is responsible for the attack.

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