Senate Foreign Relations Committee

The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is a standing committee of the United States Senate. It is charged with leading foreign-policy legislation and debate in the Senate. The Foreign Relations Committee is generally responsible for overseeing (but not administering) and funding foreign aid programs as well as funding, arms sales and training for national allies. The committee is also responsible for holding confirmation hearings for the position of Secretary of State. The committee has considered, debated, and reported important treaties and legislation, ranging from the purchase of Alaska in 1867 to the establishment of the United Nations in 1945. It also holds jurisdiction over all diplomatic nominations. Along with the Finance and Judiciary Committees, the Foreign Relations Committee is one of the oldest in the Senate, going back to the initial creation of committees in 1816. Its sister committee in the House of Representatives is the Committee on Foreign Affairs (renamed from International Relations by the 110th Congress in January 2007). The Committee should not be confused with the Council on Foreign Relations. For the 111th Congress, the Committee is


  • Rubio, Nelson urge sanctions against Venezuela

    The Associated Press 1 day ago
    DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio are calling on the Obama administration to enact sanctions against Venezuela. The Democrat and Republican addressed a crowd of Venezuelans in Miami Thursday. They said their appearance was part of ...
  • Senate committee orders review of 'Cuban Twitter'

    The Associated Press 1 week ago
    Rajiv Shah
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee asked the U.S. Agency for International Development on Thursday to turn over all records about the Obama administration's secret Cuban twitter program as part of a broader review of the agency ...
  • The Associated Press

    Defenders of Cuba-Twitter program have their say in US Senate

    El Nuevo Herald 1 week ago
    MIAMI_Defenders of a U.S. government program for Cubans fired back in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, with Marco Rubio urging the Twitter-like platform be restored, and Bob Menendez asking for documents on all similar programs around the world ...
  • Bipartisan critics slam Kerry on foreign policy

    The Associated Press 1 week ago
    John Kerry
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry pushed back Tuesday against withering criticism by Republicans and some fellow Democrats, defending the Obama administration's response to an emboldened Russia, nuclear talks with Iran and the Syrian civil war. Defiant before ...

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