Potential 2020 Contenders Booker and Warren Tapped for Key National Security Posts
Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer announced on Tuesday that Sens. Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren will be assigned key national security posts in the next Congress.
The Hill reports:
Schumer has tapped Booker to serve on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Warren to sit on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The Foreign Relations panel will have important jurisdictional oversight over U.S. relations with Russia and Iran, two areas that will be heavily scrutinized during President-elect Donald Trump’s first year in office.
The Armed Services Committee will preside over Trump’s promise to rebuild the military, which could become a flashpoint of tension between Republicans who want to dramatically increase spending and Democrats who have opposed such increases if not matched by spending on domestic programs.
President Obama shored up his national security credentials while serving in the Senate by sitting on Foreign Relations panel. Secretary of State John Kerry did the same while a senator from Massachusetts before his 2004 bid for the White House.
Then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) served on the Armed Services Committee before her 2008 presidential campaign and her subsequent appointment to head the State Department.
Sen.-elect Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), whom some Democratic strategists see as a dark-horse candidate for the party’s presidential nomination in three years, also won seats on two panels with oversight of national security: the Homeland Security Committee and the Intelligence Committee.
Schumer’s committee appointments must be ratified by a vote of the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in January.
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