Nelson wins Intel seat

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama MORE (D-Nev.) yesterday named Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonOvernight Health Care: Ryan's office warns he wasn't part of ObamaCare deal | House conservatives push for mandate repeal in final tax bill | Dem wants probe into CVS-Aetna merger Ryan's office warning he wasn't part of deal on ObamaCare: source Overnight Health Care: Funding bill could provide help for children's health program | Questions for CVS-Aetna deal | Collins doubles funding ask for ObamaCare bill MORE (D-Fla.) to the Intelligence Committee for the 110th Congress, as Nelson continues on a multi-nation Middle East codel that will include a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Nelson will join Sen.-elect Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseOvernight Regulation: Net neutrality supporters predict tough court battle | Watchdog to investigate EPA chief's meeting with industry group | Ex-Volkswagen exec gets 7 years for emissions cheating Overnight Energy: Watchdog probes Pruitt speech to mining group | EPA chief promises to let climate scientists present their work | Volkswagen manager gets 7 years for emissions cheating EPA head pledges to protect climate scientists MORE (D-R.I.) as the new members of the Intelligence panel, with Sen. Carl LevinCarl LevinCongress: The sleeping watchdog Congress must not give companies tax reasons to move jobs overseas A lesson on abuse of power by Obama and his Senate allies MORE (D-Mich.) shifting to the ex-officio status that is traditional for Armed Services Committee chairmen.

“The security of our country depends largely on accurate and timely intelligence,” said Nelson, who was informed of the appointment while in Israel, in a statement. His meeting with al-Assad, slated for tomorrow, likely will be the first between the Syrian leader and a U.S. lawmaker since last week’s Iraq Study Group report recommended initiating diplomatic dialogues with Syria and Iran.

Other nations on Nelson’s itinerary include Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Iraq.