McCain Joining Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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December 10, 2012 11:20 a.m.

Foreign Policy’s Josh Rogin reports that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is joining the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The former Republican nominee for president will also remain on the Senate Armed Services Committee, stepping aside for Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), the next chair:

McCain, who finishes his six-year term as ranking Republican on the SASC this year, will not challenge Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) for the leadership post on the SFRC, but his presence will be felt, especially during the confirmation hearings, which could be especially contentious this time around if Rice is chosen as the nominee. Those nomination hearings would be chaired by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) — that is, unless Kerry gets the nod himself.

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