The United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, also known as the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is a standing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives with jurisdiction over bills and investigations concerning the foreign affairs of the United States. Since 2023, the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee has been Michael McCaul of Texas.
United States House of Representatives
|Chair||Michael McCaul (R) |
Since January 3, 2023
|Ranking member||Gregory Meeks (D) |
Since January 3, 2023
|Political parties||Majority (27)
|Policy areas||Foreign policy, aid, diplomacy|
|Oversight authority||Department of State|
Agency for International Development
|Senate counterpart||Senate Committee on Foreign Relations|
The committee has a broad mandate to oversee legislation regarding the impact of national security developments on foreign policy; war powers, treaties, executive agreements, and military deployments abroad; foreign assistance; arms control; international economic policy; and other matters. Many of its responsibilities are delegated to one of six standing subcommittees, which have jurisdiction over issues related to their respective region in the world. The committee also oversees the U.S. Department of State, American embassies and diplomats, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
During two separate periods, 1975 to 1978 and 1995 to 2007, the Foreign Affairs Committee was renamed the Committee on International Relations; its duties and jurisdiction remained unchanged.
Its counterpart in the Senate is the Committee on Foreign Relations.
Members, 118th CongressEdit
Resolutions electing members: H.Res. 14 (Chair), H.Res. 15 (Ranking Member), H.Res. 80 (R), H.Res. 87 (D), H.Res. 76 (Removing Omar), H.Res. 102 (D)
Whereas until the 118th Congress, subcommittees tended to combine jurisdiction over particular regions of the globe with jurisdiction over broader policy areas (e.g. terrorism or energy policy), in the 118th Congress, the subcommittees were reconfigured to strictly focus on geographical areas, with the exception of global issues and international organisations which received their own subcommittee.
|Africa||John James (R-MI)||Sara Jacobs (D-CA)|
|Europe||Thomas Kean Jr. (R-NJ)||Bill Keating (D-MA)|
|Indo-Pacific||Young Kim (R-CA)||Ami Bera (D-CA)|
|Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia||Joe Wilson (R-SC)||Dean Phillips (D-MN)|
|Western Hemisphere||Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL)||Joaquin Castro (D-TX)|
|Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations||Chris Smith (R-NJ)||Susan Wild (D-PA)|
|Oversight and Accountability||Brian Mast (R-FL)||Jason Crow (D-CO)|
List of chairsEdit
Data from the committee's official website:
Resolutions electing members: H.Res. 9 (Chair), H.Res. 10 (Ranking Member), H.Res. 62 (D), H.Res. 63 (R), H.Res. 146 (R), H.Res. 1471 (D)
|Africa, Global Health and Global Human Rights||Karen Bass (D-CA)||Chris Smith (R-NJ)|
|Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia and Nonproliferation||Ami Bera (D-CA)||Steve Chabot (R-OH)|
|Europe, Energy, the Environment and Cyber||Bill Keating (D-MA)||Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)|
|Middle East, North Africa and Global Counterterrorism||Ted Deutch (D-FL)||Joe Wilson (R-SC)|
|International Development, International Organizations and Global Corporate Social Impact||Joaquin Castro (D-TX)||Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY)|
|Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, Migration and International Economic Policy||Albio Sires (D-NJ)||Mark Green (R-TN)|
Sources: H.Res. 24 (Chair), H.Res. 25 (Ranking Member), H.Res. 57 (D), H.Res. 68 (R), H.Res. 1072 (R)
|Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations||Karen Bass (D-CA)||Chris Smith (R-NJ)|
|Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation||Ami Bera (D-CA)||Ted Yoho (R-FL)|
|Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment||Bill Keating (D-MA)||Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)|
|Middle East, North Africa and International Terrorism||Ted Deutch (D-FL)||Joe Wilson (R-SC)|
|Oversight and Investigations||Joaquin Castro (D-TX)||Lee Zeldin (R-NY)|
|Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade||Albio Sires (D-NJ)||Francis Rooney (R-FL)|
Sources: H.Res. 6 (Chair), H.Res. 7 (Ranking Member), H.Res. 45 (D), H.Res. 51 (R) and H.Res. 52 (D)
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