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Committee on International Relations

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JURISDICTION
109th Congress

(1) Relations of the United States with foreign nations generally.

(2) Acquisition of land and buildings for embassies and legations in foreign countries.

(3) Establishment of boundary lines between the United States and foreign nations.

(4) Export controls, including nonproliferation of nuclear technology and nuclear hardware.

(5) Foreign loans.

(6) International commodity agreements (other than those involving sugar), including all agreements for cooperation in the export of nuclear technology and nuclear hardware.

(7) International conferences and congresses.

(8) International education.

(9) Intervention abroad and declarations of war.

(10) Diplomatic service.

(11) Measures to foster commercial intercourse with foreign nations and to safeguard American business abroad.

(12) International economic policy.

(13) Neutrality.

(14) Protection of American citizens abroad and expatriation.

(15) The American National Red Cross.

(16) Trading with the enemy.

(17) United Nations organizations.

Subcommittees

There shall be seven (7) standing subcommittees. The names and jurisdiction of those subcommittees shall be as follows:

1. Functional Subcommittees

There shall be two subcommittees with functional jurisdiction:

Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation.—Oversight and legislative responsibilities over the United States' efforts to manage and coordinate international programs to combat terrorism as coordinated by the Department of State and other agencies, including diplomatic, economic, and military assistance programs in areas designed to prevent terrorism, and efforts intended to identify, arrest, and bring international terrorists to justice. Oversight of, and (to the degree applicable to matters outside the Foreign Assistance Act, the Arms Export Control Act, the Export Administration Act, sanctions laws pertaining to individual countries and the provision of foreign assistance) legislation pertaining to: nonproliferation including matters relating to arms transfer policy; export control policy including the transfer of dual-use equipment and technology; matters involving nuclear, chemical, biological and other weapons of mass destruction; legislation aimed at the promotion of sanctions and other nonproliferation matters generally.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.With the concurrence of the Full Committee Chairman, oversight and investigations of all matters within the jurisdiction of the Committee.

2. Regional Subcommittees

There shall be five subcommittees with regional jurisdiction: the Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats; the Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia; the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere; the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations; and the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. Two of the regional subcommittees, the Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats and the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations, shall also have functional jurisdiction.

The regional subcommittees shall have jurisdiction over the following within their respective regions:

(1) Matters affecting the political relations between the United States and other countries and regions, including resolutions or other legislative measures directed to such relations.

(2) Legislation with respect to disaster assistance outside the Foreign Assistance Act, boundary issues, and international claims.

(3) Legislation with respect to region or country specific loans or other financial relations outside the Foreign Assistance Act.

(4) Resolutions of disapproval under section 36(b) of the Arms Export Control Act, with respect to foreign military sales.

(5) Legislation and oversight regarding human rights practices in particular countries.

(6) Oversight of regional lending institutions.

(7) Oversight of matters related to the regional activities of the United Nations, of its affiliated agencies, and of other multilateral institutions.

(8) Identification and development of options for meeting future problems and issues relating to U.S. interests in the region.

(9) Base rights and other facilities access agreements and regional security pacts.

(10) Oversight of matters relating to parliamentary conferences and exchanges involving the region.

(11) Concurrent oversight jurisdiction with respect to matters assigned to the functional subcommittees insofar as they may affect the region.

(12) Oversight of all foreign assistance activities affecting the region.

(13) Such other matters as the Chairman of the Full Committee may determine.

The Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats.In addition to its regional jurisdiction, responsibility for legislation and oversight over emerging threats.

The Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations.In addition to its regional jurisdiction, responsibility for oversight of, and (to the degree applicable to matters outside the Foreign Assistance Act, the Arms Export Control Act, the Export Administration Act, and the provision of foreign assistance) legislation pertaining to implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and other matters relating to internationally-recognized human rights, including sanctions legislation aimed at the promotion of human rights and democracy generally; the Department of State and related agency operations; the diplomatic service; foreign buildings; parliamentary conferences and exchanges; and, the American Red Cross; oversight of international population planning and child survival activities; the United Nations, its affiliated agencies and other international organizations, including assessed and voluntary contributions to such organizations; international broadcasting; and, public diplomacy, including international communication, information policy, international education, and cultural programs.