House Committee on Foreign Affairs

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The 'House Committee on Foreign Affairs, also known as the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is a standing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives which has jurisdiction over bills and investigations related to the foreign affairs of the United States. It is less powerful than its Senate counterpart, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, because the House committee does not consider the ratification of treaties or the confirmation of presidential appointments, such as are made for ambassador and Secretary of State.

Howard Berman
Gary Ackerman
Eni FaleomavaegaDAS
Donald Payne
Brad ShermanDCA
Robert WexlerDNC
Eliot EngelDNY
Bill DelahuntRNV
Greg MeeksDNY
Diane WatsonDFL
Russ Carnahan
Albio SiresDNJ
Gerald ConnollyDVA
Michael McMahonRFL
John TannerRLA
Gene GreenDTX
Sheila Jackson-LeeDTX
Barbara LeeDCA
Shelley Berkley
Joseph CrowleyDNY
Mike Ross
Brad MillerDNC
David ScottDGA
Jim CostaDCA
Keith EllisonDMN
Gabrielle Giffords
Ron KleinRCA
Ileana Ros LehtinenRFL
Christopher SmithRNJ
Dan Burton
Elton Gallegly
Dana RohrabacherRCA
Donald Manzullo
Edward RoyceRCA
Ron Paul
Jeff FlakeRAZ
Mike Pence
Joe WilsonRSC
John BoozmanRAR
Gresham BarrettRWY
Connie Mack
Jeff FortenberryRNE
Michael McCaulRTX
Ted PoeRTX
Bob InglisRTX
Gus BilirakisRFL



Activities in the 110th Congress

Homosexual translators

On June 25, 2007, Committee Chairman Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) and Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) urged the State Department to hire homosexual military translators who had been recently discharged under the military's "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy, which they called "absurd and highly biased," stating it "cripples our national security." The congressmen cited a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) which found that some 300 soldiers with critical language skills, including Persian and Arabic, had been dismissed under the policy. They also highlighted both recent testimony by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the 9/11 Commission Report, which pointed to critical foreign-language experts as an integral part of national security.[1]

Petraeus report

On September 10, 2007, General David Petraeus testified before the House Committee on Armed Services and House Committee on Foreign Affairs. In his testimony, Petraeus claimed that major progress had been made since the beginning of the troop surge, and that he predicted that troop levels could begin dropping in Summer of 2008.[2]

Resolution on Armenian genocide

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed House Resolution 106, the Affirmation of the United States Record on the Armenian Genocide, on October 10, 2007. The nonbinding resolution calls the mass killings of Armenians that began in 1915 genocide. The move defied the White House’s warnings that it could damage U.S.-Turkey relations. The committee passed the resolution on a 27-21 bipartisan vote and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) promised she would bring the resolution to the full House for a vote. The committee has passed a similar resolution in 2005, but it failed to reach the House floor for a full vote.[3][4]

The government of Turkey was spending over $300,000 a month on communications specialists and lobbyists, including former congressman Rep. Robert L. Livingston (R-La.). President Bush, Secretary of State Rice, and Defense Secretary Gates were joined by all eight living former secretaries of state and three former defense secretaries in condemning the proposal.[5][6]

Previous committee membership

110th Congress (2007-2008)

Members of the
House Committee on Foreign Affairs,
110th Congress
Democrats: Republicans:

109th Congress (2005-2006)

Members of the
House Committee on Foreign Affairs,
109th Congress
Democrats: Republicans:

Articles and Resources


Wikipedia also has an article on House Committee on Foreign Affairs. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

  1. Jeremy Jacobs, "Dems urge State Dept. to hire gay translators." The Hill, June 25, 2007.
  2. William Branigin and Robin Wright. "Petraeus Says Objectives in Iraq Are Largely Being Met," Washington Post, September 10, 2007.
  3. Elizabeth Williamson, "Panel Labels Armenian Killings Genocide" The Washington Post, October 11, 2007.
  4. Glenn Kessler, "White House And Turkey Fight Bill On Armenia" The Washington Post, October 10, 2007.
  5. Elizabeth Williamson, "Panel Labels Armenian Killings Genocide" The Washington Post, October 11, 2007.
  6. Glenn Kessler, "White House And Turkey Fight Bill On Armenia" The Washington Post, October 10, 2007.

External resources

External articles


House Committee on International Relations
2170 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225 5021
Fax: (202) 225 2035
email: HIRC AT mail DOT house DOT gov

Committee Web site

  • Majority staff office - (202) 225-5021
  • Minority staff office - (202) 225-6735