Nelson wins Intel seat

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe DC bubble is strangling the DNC Dems want Sessions to recuse himself from Trump-Russia probe Ryan says Trump, GOP 'in complete sync' on ObamaCare MORE (D-Nev.) yesterday named Sen. Bill NelsonBill NelsonLive coverage: Senators grill Trump's Treasury pick Trump's Commerce pick admits to unknowingly hiring undocumented worker Senate Democrats brace for Trump era 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 WhitehouseFive takeaways from Pruitt's EPA hearing Health pick’s trades put STOCK Act in spotlight Dems prepare to face off with Trump's pick to lead EPA MORE (D-R.I.) as the new members of the Intelligence panel, with Sen. Carl LevinCarl LevinObama to preserve torture report in presidential papers 'Nuclear option' for Supreme Court nominees will damage Senate McCain's Supreme Court strategy leads to nuclear Senate 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.