Guides by Level of Government
Publications from the House Foreign Affairs 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 House Foreign Affairs Committee grew out of predecessor committees which date back to 1775. The Continental Congress first established the "Committee of Correspondence" to represent the United States abroad. Over time this committee has come to be overshadowed by its more powerful Senate counterpart, the Committee on Foreign Relations. Unlike the Senate committee, which has authority over treaties and the appointments of foreign policy officials, Foreign Affairs has had a more limited foreign policy agenda, mainly confined to foreign aid and State Department authorization bills. Source
The Foreign Affairs Committee established a subcommittee system in 1945. This usually contains 4-5 regional committees and several subcommittees. The subcommittees which have been established since 1945 are as follows (in alphabetical order):