Guides by Level of Government
Publications from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and its subcommittees are available in full text through the Proquest Congressional database, or in print copy in the library's government documents collection.
The Senate Foreign Relations committee was established as a standing committee of the Senate in 1816. Its most important responsibilities are those relating to the Department of State, The Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, the United States Information Agency, and the United Nations. It has jurisdiction over foreign aid, international financial institutions, treaties, and nominations to high positions in the State Department and related agencies. Many of the committee’s hearings and reports are on non-legislative subjects, such as the threat of foreign terrorism or major issues of U.S. policy in East Asia.
Since 1950, the Committee on Foreign Relations has maintained a series of subcommittees, corresponding generally to the organization of the Department of State. The subcommittee system is designed to foster more extensive consultations between the members of the Foreign Relations Committee and officers of the Department of State. Since 1950 these have been the established committees at various times (presented in alphabetical order):