Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Committees

Raising Kaine reported yesterday that Sen-elect Jim Webb was headed to the Armed Services, Foreign Relations, Veterans, and Joint Economic Committees in the 210th Congress.

An article by the Virginian-Pilot today reports "that Senate Democratic leaders announced...that Webb will [indeed] serve on both the Foreign Relations and Armed Services committeess" as well as the Veterans Affairs Committee and the Joint Economic Committee.

Not too shabby for a first-term senator; and certainly good news for Virginians should Sen. John Warner opt to retire in '08 as rumored.

If Republicans were to appoint the same committee members next year as in '06, Webb will be joined by Republican Ranking Member Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, and Republican Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, Norm Coleman of Minnesota, George Voinovich of Ohio, Lamar Alexander of Tennesee, John Sununu of New Hampshire, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mel Martinez of Florida.

As the new minority party, Republicans will unfortunately have to say a fond farewell to one member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The Republican re-elected committee members are Senate Ranking Member John Warner of Virginia, and Sens. John McCain of Arizona, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Pat Roberts of Kansas, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Susan Collins of Maine, John Ensign of Nevada, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas and John Thune of South Dakota.

More than likely, Thune will be the one to get the ax.

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