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{{Congcommitteesvnt}}{{tnr}}The '''United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Relations''' is a standing committee of the [[U.S. Senate]]. It was created in 1816, and its inaugural session was chaired by James Barbour.<ref>[http://www.foreign.senate.gov/about/history/ ''United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations'' "History of the Committee History"]</ref>
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{{Congcommitteesvnt}}{{tnr}}The '''United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Relations''' is a standing committee of the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]]. It was created in 1816, and its inaugural session was chaired by James Barbour.<ref>[http://www.foreign.senate.gov/about/history/ ''United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations'' "History of the Committee History"]</ref>
  
 
==Leadership==
 
==Leadership==
 
===113th Congress===
 
===113th Congress===
[[John Kerry]] ([[Democratic|D]]) retained his committee chair in the [[113th Congress]].<ref>[http://democrats.senate.gov/2013/01/04/reid-announces-updated-committee-assignments-for-113th-congress/ ''United States Senate Democrats'' "Reid Announces Updated Committee Assignments For 113th Congress," January 4, 2013]</ref>
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[[John Kerry]] ([[Democratic|D]]-MA) retained his committee chair in the [[113th Congress]] until he accepted the nomination for U.S. Secretary of State.<ref>[http://democrats.senate.gov/2013/01/04/reid-announces-updated-committee-assignments-for-113th-congress/ ''United States Senate Democrats'' "Reid Announces Updated Committee Assignments For 113th Congress," January 4, 2013]</ref>
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[[Robert Menendez]] ([[Democratic|D]]-NJ) became chair after Kerry's departure.
  
 
===112th Congress===
 
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|Dem2=Barbara Boxer
 
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|Dem3=Richard Durbin
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|Dem4=Benjamin L. Cardin
 
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==Subcommittees==
 
==Subcommittees==
 
<big>'''African Affairs'''</big>
 
<big>'''African Affairs'''</big>
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The subcommittee has geographic responsibilities corresponding to those of the Bureau of African Affairs in the Department of State.  It considers all matters concerning U.S. relations with countries in Africa, with the exception of countries bordering on the Mediterranean Sea from Egypt to Morocco, which are under the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs. This subcommittee's responsibilities include all matters within the geographic region relating to: (1) terrorism and non-proliferation; (2) crime and illicit narcotics; (3) U.S. foreign assistance programs; and (4) the promotion of U.S. trade and exports.
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*113th Congress Chair: [[Christopher A. Coons]] (DE)
 
*112th Congress Chair: [[Christopher A. Coons]] (DE)<ref name="subs">[http://www.senate.gov/general/committee_membership/committee_memberships_SSFR.htm ''United States Senate'' "Committee on Foreign Relations"]</ref>
 
*112th Congress Chair: [[Christopher A. Coons]] (DE)<ref name="subs">[http://www.senate.gov/general/committee_membership/committee_memberships_SSFR.htm ''United States Senate'' "Committee on Foreign Relations"]</ref>
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|Rep1=Jeff Flake
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<big>'''East Asian and Pacific Affairs'''</big>
 
<big>'''East Asian and Pacific Affairs'''</big>
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The subcommittee has geographic responsibilities corresponding to those of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Department of State and considers all matters concerning U.S. relations with the countries of that region.  It also considers matters related to regional organizations such as the Association of South East Asian Nations and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. This subcommittee's responsibilities include all matters within the geographic region relating to: (1) terrorism and non-proliferation; (2) crime and illicit narcotics; (3) U.S. foreign assistance programs; and (4) the promotion of U.S. trade and exports.
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*113th Congress Chair: [[Ben Cardin]] ()
 
*112th Congress Chair: [[Jim Webb]] (VA)<ref name="subs"/>
 
*112th Congress Chair: [[Jim Webb]] (VA)<ref name="subs"/>
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<big>'''European Affairs'''</big>
 
<big>'''European Affairs'''</big>
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The subcommittee deals with all matters concerning U.S. relations with the countries on the continent of Europe (except the states of Central Asia that are within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs), and with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Matters relating to Greenland and the northern polar region are also the responsibility of this subcommittee.
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This subcommittee's responsibilities include all matters within the geographic region relating to: (1) terrorism and non-proliferation; (2) crime and illicit narcotics; (3) U.S. foreign assistance programs; and (4) the promotion of U.S. trade and exports.
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*113th Congress Chair: [[Christopher Murphy]] (
 
*112th Congress Chair: [[Jeanne Shaheen]] (NH)<ref name="subs"/>
 
*112th Congress Chair: [[Jeanne Shaheen]] (NH)<ref name="subs"/>
<big>'''International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection'''</big>
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<big>'''International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps'''</big>
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The subcommittee's responsibilities include general oversight responsibility for U.S. development policy and foreign assistance programs.  It includes U.S. bilateral humanitarian, development, economic, trade and security assistance programs carried out by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and other U.S. agencies, and U.S. voluntary contributions to international organizations providing assistance to foreign nations. It also includes matters related to: (1) international monetary policy, including U.S. participation in international financial institutions; (2) U.S. foreign economic policy, including export enhancement and trade promotion; and (3) international investment, protection of intellectual property, and technological transfer. Finally, the subcommittee is responsible for matters related to all of the activities and programs of the Peace Corps, international energy security, and international environmental protection, including the oceans and space.
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*113th Congress Chair: [[Tim Kaine]]
 
*112th Congress Chair: [[Benjamin L. Cardin]] (MD)<ref name="subs"/>
 
*112th Congress Chair: [[Benjamin L. Cardin]] (MD)<ref name="subs"/>
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|Rep1=John Barrasso
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|Rep2=James Risch
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|Rep3=Jeff Flake
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|Rep4=Rand Paul
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<big>'''International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues'''</big>
 
<big>'''International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues'''</big>
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The subcommittee's responsibilities include all matters involving international operations and organizations, human rights, democracy, and global women's issues.  This jurisdiction includes the general oversight responsibility for the Department of State, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the Foreign Service, and public diplomacy.  It also includes oversight responsibility for United States participation in the United Nations, its affiliated organizations, and other international organizations not under the jurisdiction of other subcommittees.  Finally, it includes general oversight responsibility for U.S. policy in promoting democracy and human rights abroad.
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*113th Congress Chair: [[Barbara Boxer]] (CA)
 
*112th Congress Chair: [[Barbara Boxer]] (CA)<ref name="subs"/>
 
*112th Congress Chair: [[Barbara Boxer]] (CA)<ref name="subs"/>
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|Rep1=Rand Paul
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|Rep3=James Risch
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<big>'''Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs'''</big>
 
<big>'''Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs'''</big>
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This subcommittee deals with all matters concerning U.S. relations with the countries of the Middle East and Arab North Africa.  This subcommittee's geographic responsibilities also encompass U.S. relations with the countries of South and Central Asia, corresponding to the jurisdiction of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs in the Department of State. This subcommittee's responsibilities include all matters within the geographic region relating to: (1) terrorism and non-proliferation; (2) crime and illicit narcotics; (3) U.S. foreign assistance programs; and (4) the promotion of U.S. trade and exports.
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*113th Congress Chair: [[Robert Casey]]
 
*112th Congress Chair: [[Robert P. Casey]] (PA)<ref name="subs"/>
 
*112th Congress Chair: [[Robert P. Casey]] (PA)<ref name="subs"/>
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|Rep1=James Risch
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|Rep2=Marco Rubio
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<big>'''Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Global Narcotics Affairs'''</big>
 
<big>'''Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Global Narcotics Affairs'''</big>
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This subcommittee deals with U.S. relations with the  nations of the Western Hemisphere, including Canada and the nations of the Caribbean.  The subcommittee also deals with boundary matters, and U.S. policy with regard to the Organization of American States.  This subcommittee's responsibilities include all matters within the geographic region relating to (1) terrorism and non-proliferation; (2) U.S. foreign assistance programs; and (3) the promotion of U.S. trade and exports. This subcommittee also exercises general oversight over all U.S. foreign policy programs and international cooperative efforts to combat the flow of illegal drugs or substances.
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*113th Congress Chair: [[Tom Udall]]
 
*112th Congress Chair: [[Robert Menendez]] (NJ)<ref name="subs"/>
 
*112th Congress Chair: [[Robert Menendez]] (NJ)<ref name="subs"/>
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==Jurisdiction==
 
==Jurisdiction==
 
According to the official [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] website, the jurisdiction of the Foreign Relations Committee includes the following:
 
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==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[U.S. Senate]]
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*[[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]]
  
 
==External links==
 
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{{submit a link}}
 
*[http://www.foreign.senate.gov/ Official Senate Page]
 
*[http://www.foreign.senate.gov/ Official Senate Page]
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/United-States-Senate-Committee-on-Foreign-Relations/141916575860702?sk=wall Official Committee Facebook Page]
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/United-States-Senate-Committee-on-Foreign-Relations/141916575860702?sk=wall Official Committee Facebook Page]
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*[http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/cgi-bin/newcommittee.cgi?site=congressmerge&lang=&commcode=sforeign_relations Committee profile on ''Congress Merge'']
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*[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/committees/SSFR Committee profile on ''Govtrack]
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==References==
 
==References==

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The United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Relations is a standing committee of the U.S. Senate. It was created in 1816, and its inaugural session was chaired by James Barbour.[1]

Leadership

113th Congress

John Kerry (D-MA) retained his committee chair in the 113th Congress until he accepted the nomination for U.S. Secretary of State.[2] Robert Menendez (D-NJ) became chair after Kerry's departure.

112th Congress

The committee chair in the 112th Congress is John F. Kerry (D).

Membership

2013-2014 (113th Congress)

Committee on Foreign Relations Members, 2013-2014
Democratic members (10)Republican members (8)
Robert Menendez (New Jersey) ChairBob Corker (Tennessee) Ranking member
Barbara Boxer (California) Jim Risch (Idaho)
Richard Durbin (Illinois) Marco Rubio (Florida)
Benjamin L. Cardin (Maryland) Ron Johnson (Wisconsin)
Bob Casey (Pennsylvania) Jeff Flake (Arizona)
Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire) John McCain (Arizona)
Chris Coons (Delaware) John Barrasso (Wyoming)
Tom Udall (New Mexico) Rand Paul (Kentucky)
Christopher S. Murphy (Connecticut)
Tim Kaine (Virginia)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)

Subcommittees

African Affairs The subcommittee has geographic responsibilities corresponding to those of the Bureau of African Affairs in the Department of State. It considers all matters concerning U.S. relations with countries in Africa, with the exception of countries bordering on the Mediterranean Sea from Egypt to Morocco, which are under the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs. This subcommittee's responsibilities include all matters within the geographic region relating to: (1) terrorism and non-proliferation; (2) crime and illicit narcotics; (3) U.S. foreign assistance programs; and (4) the promotion of U.S. trade and exports.

East Asian and Pacific Affairs The subcommittee has geographic responsibilities corresponding to those of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Department of State and considers all matters concerning U.S. relations with the countries of that region. It also considers matters related to regional organizations such as the Association of South East Asian Nations and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. This subcommittee's responsibilities include all matters within the geographic region relating to: (1) terrorism and non-proliferation; (2) crime and illicit narcotics; (3) U.S. foreign assistance programs; and (4) the promotion of U.S. trade and exports.

European Affairs The subcommittee deals with all matters concerning U.S. relations with the countries on the continent of Europe (except the states of Central Asia that are within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs), and with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Matters relating to Greenland and the northern polar region are also the responsibility of this subcommittee.

This subcommittee's responsibilities include all matters within the geographic region relating to: (1) terrorism and non-proliferation; (2) crime and illicit narcotics; (3) U.S. foreign assistance programs; and (4) the promotion of U.S. trade and exports.

International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps The subcommittee's responsibilities include general oversight responsibility for U.S. development policy and foreign assistance programs. It includes U.S. bilateral humanitarian, development, economic, trade and security assistance programs carried out by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and other U.S. agencies, and U.S. voluntary contributions to international organizations providing assistance to foreign nations. It also includes matters related to: (1) international monetary policy, including U.S. participation in international financial institutions; (2) U.S. foreign economic policy, including export enhancement and trade promotion; and (3) international investment, protection of intellectual property, and technological transfer. Finally, the subcommittee is responsible for matters related to all of the activities and programs of the Peace Corps, international energy security, and international environmental protection, including the oceans and space.

International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues The subcommittee's responsibilities include all matters involving international operations and organizations, human rights, democracy, and global women's issues. This jurisdiction includes the general oversight responsibility for the Department of State, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the Foreign Service, and public diplomacy. It also includes oversight responsibility for United States participation in the United Nations, its affiliated organizations, and other international organizations not under the jurisdiction of other subcommittees. Finally, it includes general oversight responsibility for U.S. policy in promoting democracy and human rights abroad.

Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs This subcommittee deals with all matters concerning U.S. relations with the countries of the Middle East and Arab North Africa. This subcommittee's geographic responsibilities also encompass U.S. relations with the countries of South and Central Asia, corresponding to the jurisdiction of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs in the Department of State. This subcommittee's responsibilities include all matters within the geographic region relating to: (1) terrorism and non-proliferation; (2) crime and illicit narcotics; (3) U.S. foreign assistance programs; and (4) the promotion of U.S. trade and exports.

Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Global Narcotics Affairs This subcommittee deals with U.S. relations with the nations of the Western Hemisphere, including Canada and the nations of the Caribbean. The subcommittee also deals with boundary matters, and U.S. policy with regard to the Organization of American States. This subcommittee's responsibilities include all matters within the geographic region relating to (1) terrorism and non-proliferation; (2) U.S. foreign assistance programs; and (3) the promotion of U.S. trade and exports. This subcommittee also exercises general oversight over all U.S. foreign policy programs and international cooperative efforts to combat the flow of illegal drugs or substances.

Jurisdiction

According to the official Senate website, the jurisdiction of the Foreign Relations Committee includes the following:

  1. Acquisition of land and buildings for embassies and legations in foreign countries.
  2. Boundaries of the United States.
  3. Diplomatic service.
  4. Foreign economic, military, technical, and humanitarian assistance.
  5. Foreign loans.
  6. International activities of the American National Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
  7. International aspects of nuclear energy, including nuclear transfer policy.
  8. International conferences and congresses.
  9. International law as it relates to foreign policy.
  10. International Monetary Fund and other international organizations established primarily for international monetary purposes (except that, at the request of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, any proposed legislation relating to such subjects reported by the Committee on Foreign Relations shall be referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs).
  11. Intervention abroad and declarations of war.
  12. Measures to foster commercial intercourse with foreign nations and to safeguard American business interests abroad.
  13. National security and international aspects of trusteeships of the United States.
  14. Ocean and international environmental and scientific affairs as they relate to foreign policy.
  15. Protection of United States citizens abroad and expatriation.
  16. Relations of the United States with foreign nations generally.
  17. Treaties and executive agreements, except reciprocal trade agreements.
  18. United Nations and its affiliated organizations.
  19. World Bank group, the regional development banks, and other international organizations established primarily for development assistance purposes.
  20. to study and review, on a comprehensive basis, matters relating to the national security policy, foreign policy, and international economic policy as it relates to foreign policy of the United States, and matters relating to food, hunger, and nutrition in foreign countries, and report thereon from time to time.
  21. review and study, on a continuing basis, the application, administration, and execution of those laws or parts of laws, the subject matter of which is within the jurisdiction of the committee.”
  22. responsibility to assist the Senate in its constitutional function of providing “advice and consent” to all treaties entered into by the United States and all nominations to the principal executive branch positions in the field of foreign policy and diplomacy.

Contact

444 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6225

Majority Phone: (202) 224-4651
Majority Fax: (202) 228-3612
Minority Phone: (202) 224-6797

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