Dems eye Menendez committee slots

Some junior House Democrats are eyeing the committee assignments once held by former Rep. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Poll finds little support for Menendez reelection Judge tells Menendez lawyer to 'shut up' MORE (D-N.J.), who was sworn in as a senator Jan. 17.

Although Menendez did not sit on any of the five “exclusive” committees — Appropriations, Energy and Commerce, Financial Services, Rules, and Ways and Means — that are the most coveted among members, the vacancies he created on the International Relations Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee appeal to many members. That’s especially true of freshman and sophomore representatives who may have been disappointed when the slots were apportioned early last year.

Sophomore Rep. Linda S