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Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations was established in 1816 as one of the original ten standing committees of the Senate. Throughout its history, the committee has been instrumental in developing and influencing United States foreign policy, at different times supporting and opposing the policies of presidents and secretaries 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. Through these powers, the committee has helped shape foreign policy of broad significance, in matters of war and peace and international relations. Members of the committee have assisted in the negotiation of treaties, and at times have helped to defeat treaties they felt were not in the national interest. (source)


Chair:
Sen. James Risch [R-ID]
Ranking Member:
Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez [D-NJ]
Republicans:
12
Democrats:
10

The chair is always selected from the majority party and the ranking member is the most senior member of the minority party. The majority party ensures it has a majority on every committee.

Members

Portrait of James Risch
Chair
Republican
Idaho
ex officio, Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation
Portrait of Robert “Bob” Menendez
Ranking Member
Democrat
New Jersey
ex officio, Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation
Portrait of John Barrasso
Subcommittee Chair
Republican
Wyoming
Portrait of Cory Gardner
Subcommittee Chair
Republican
Colorado
Portrait of Lindsey Graham
Subcommittee Chair
Republican
South Carolina
chair, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
Portrait of Ron Johnson
Subcommittee Chair
Republican
Wisconsin
Portrait of Mitt Romney
Subcommittee Chair
Republican
Utah
Portrait of Marco Rubio
Subcommittee Chair
Republican
Florida
Portrait of Cory Booker
Subcommittee Ranking Member
Democrat
New Jersey
ranking member, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
Portrait of Benjamin Cardin
Subcommittee Ranking Member
Democrat
Maryland
Portrait of Timothy “Tim” Kaine
Subcommittee Ranking Member
Democrat
Virginia
ranking member, Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and ...
Portrait of Edward “Ed” Markey
Subcommittee Ranking Member
Democrat
Massachusetts
Portrait of Jeff Merkley
Subcommittee Ranking Member
Democrat
Oregon
Portrait of Christopher Murphy
Subcommittee Ranking Member
Democrat
Connecticut
ranking member, Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation
Portrait of Jeanne Shaheen
Subcommittee Ranking Member
Democrat
New Hampshire
ranking member, Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation
Portrait of Chris Coons
Democrat
Delaware
Portrait of Ted Cruz
Republican
Texas
Portrait of Rand Paul
Republican
Kentucky
Portrait of David Perdue
Republican
Georgia
Portrait of Robert “Rob” Portman
Republican
Ohio
Portrait of Tom Udall
Democrat
New Mexico

Members are listed in order of their rank on the committee and its subcommittees. Committee membership information is from the unitedstates project on github.

Bills

There are 394 bills referred to this committee. Below find the top 100:

Press Statements

Committee press statements from ProPublica Represent:

Chairman Risch Touts Global Pandemic Solutions Bill on Senate Floor
    — Jun 5, 2020

In new letter, Democratic Senators Promote Productive Relationship with the WHO
    — Jun 5, 2020

Menendez Blasts State Department’s Politically-Motivated Responses to Congress; Calls on Pompeo to Engage on Extensive List of Congressional Requests he has Ignored
    — Jun 4, 2020

Chairman Risch: World Bank Should Enforce Strict Accountability Measures on Zimbabwe Grant
    — Jun 4, 2020

**VIDEO** Menendez Delivers Remarks Ahead of Confirmation Vote for Michael Pack’s Nomination to USAGM
    — Jun 4, 2020

Menendez Requests GAO Assessment of U.S. Assistance to the Government of Azerbaijan
    — Jun 4, 2020

Menendez, Risch Lead SFRC Members in Recognizing Tiananmen Square Anniversary
    — Jun 4, 2020

Risch, Menendez Lead SFRC Members in Recognizing Tiananmen Square Anniversary
    — Jun 4, 2020

Mendendez, Engel, Maloney, Connolly & Castro Statement on IG Linick's Interview
    — Jun 3, 2020

Menendez: Is this the America we want to live in?
    — Jun 3, 2020

Chairman Risch Statement on Anniversary of Khartoum Massacre
    — Jun 3, 2020

Menendez Introduces Arms Control Bills to Constrain Russian and Chinese Nuclear Weapons
    — Jun 2, 2020

Menendez, Blumenthal, Booker Call on Trump Administration to Support 9/11 Families
    — May 29, 2020

Risch, Menendez, Gardner, Markey, Rubio, Cardin, Merkley Call on UNSC Leadership To Hold an Immediate Meeting on Hong Kong
    — May 28, 2020

Risch Leads Bipartisan Call for Administration to Hold Members of Nicaragua’s Judiciary Accountable for Human Rights Violations
    — May 28, 2020

Menendez & Engel Demand Answers on Trump Administration LGBTI Policy in the Americas
    — May 28, 2020

Risch, Murphy, Cardin Introduce Comprehensive Global Health Bill to Prevent Future Pandemics
    — May 28, 2020

Risch, Rubio, Menendez, Gardner, Markey, McGovern, Smith Applaud House Passage of Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act
    — May 27, 2020

Chairman Risch on State Department’s Certification Regarding Hong Kong
    — May 27, 2020

Chairman Risch Statement on Africa Day
    — May 25, 2020