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The United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs of the United States House of Representatives, also known as the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives, which has jurisdiction over bills and investigations related to the foreign affairs of the United States.
Eliot Engel of New York is the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and has served since January 2019.
From 1975 to 1978 and from 1995 to 2007, it was renamed the Committee on International Relations. In January 2007 (and January 1979), it changed back to its original name. Its jurisdiction is and was the same under both names.
Members, 116th Congress
Historical membership rosters
|Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations||Karen Bass (D-CA)||Chris Smith (R-NJ)|
|Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation||Brad Sherman (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||Ami Bera (D-CA)||Lee Zeldin (R-NY)|
|Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade||Albio Sires (D-NJ)||Francis Rooney (R-FL)|
List of chairmen
Data from the Committee's official website:
Notable hearings and activity
North Korea nuclear threat
In January 2018, four days after Hawaii residents received a false emergency alarm warning of an incoming nuclear missile, President Donald Trump announced that U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that North Korea is close to creating a long-range missile with a nuclear warhead that could reach the United States. The House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a joint hearing between two of its subcommittees on the issue. During the hearing, a panel of international policy experts said that the best way to stop North Korea's nuclear ambitions is through the intervention of the Chinese government, but concluded that such a plan is not very likely anytime soon. The experts also testified that North Korea has "extensive capabilities in non-nuclear weapons, including chemical, biological and cyber." Several Members of Congress who sit on the subcommittees expressed support in working with China, "by force if necessary by sanctioning Chinese banks that work with North Korea, in order to convince the North Korea allies to support a rollback on the North Korea weapons programs."
- "Full Committee". Foreign Affairs Committee.
- "Past Chairs of the Committee". History of the Committee. U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
- Roberts, Ed (2018-01-17). "Experts tell Congress China is best avenue for North Korea intervention". Homeland Preparedness News. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
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