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Chairmen of the Committee on Foreign Relations


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Since its creation in 1816, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has developed an expansive jurisdiction, holding hearings and preparing legislation on a variety of issues including arms control, trade, foreign aid, and international environmental concerns. The committee oversees executive agreements with foreign powers and provides advice and consent on diplomatic nominations and treaties. Chairmen of the committee consult with foreign dignitaries and counsel presidents, often playing a significant role in the conduct of U.S. diplomacy.