Senate Foreign Relations
Putin's Gambit: The Invasion & Russification of Ukraine
Revisiting S.J.Res.58 Five Years After the Kashoggi Murder: Ethical Implications of U.S. Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, et al
About this Committee
The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is widely considered one of the most prestigious and powerful committees on Capitol Hill. This iteration of the SFRC will kick off the 118th Congress, convening in January and February of 2023. Since membership on the committee is still yet to be 100% finalized in advance of the November 2022 midterm elections, the current committee roster should be interpreted as merely an estimation, based primarily on historical precedent and predicted outcomes of various Senate races this fall. Only a handful of seats on the committee may change as we approach conference; in the instance of a change in membership composition after the fall midterms, several months of advance notice will be given. Functionally, the committee will utilize a hybrid set of Model UN Robert's Rules of Order and traditional Senate legislative procedures. More information on this can be found in the background guide. With regards to topics, the SFRC will be debating new legislation pertaining to U.S. aid and sanctions surrounding the past year's Russian invasion of Ukraine, as well as Senate Joint Resolution 58 – among other related pieces of legislation – on decrying continuing U.S. arms sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the wake of the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Kashoggi. Since Senate Foreign Relations is primarily responsible for overseeing foreign aid and approving arms sales, these two topics are extremely timely, sensitive, and fit squarely within the committee's scope of powers.