McCain joins Foreign Relations Committee

McCain indicated last month he’d be interested in joining Foreign Relations while remaining on Armed Services, which was made official Thursday. He is not expected to seek the ranking position on the panel, which should go to Sen. Bob CorkerBob CorkerOfficial: Trump 'looking at' future of US sanctions on Russia Senate panel could pass new Russia sanctions this summer Senate gears up for fight on Trump's 0B Saudi Arabia arms sale MORE (R-Tenn.), after Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) was defeated in 2012.

The Foreign Relations Committee will also likely be getting a new chairman, with Sen. John KerryJohn KerryJohn Kerry channels Yoda in tweetstorm John Kerry goes on tweetstorm as Senate eyes Iran legislation John Kerry's advice to Harvard grads: Learn Russian MORE (D-Mass.) nominated as secretary of State. The next Democrat in line is Sen. Robert MenendezRobert MenendezThe Mideast-focused Senate letter we need to see Taiwan deserves to participate in United Nations The way forward on the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump MORE (N.J.).

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McCain has said that he doesn't feel he will lose any clout on military issues by dropping "ranking member" from his official committee title.

In addition to McCain, Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulSenate gears up for fight on Trump's 0B Saudi Arabia arms sale Paul: 0B Saudi arms deal ‘a travesty’ Senate feels pressure for summer healthcare vote MORE (R-Ky.) — a libertarian-leaning Republican who has often held up proceedings in the Senate over issues relating to foreign aid — is also joining the Foreign Relations panel. Sens. Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonOvernight Healthcare: Senate GOP to start writing its healthcare bill Senate staff to draft health bill during recess Divisions emerge in the Senate on pre-existing conditions MORE (R-Wis.) and Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeLawmakers reintroduce measure to lift Cuba travel restrictions Majority of Senate supports Cuban tourism bill Montana GOP senator: Gianforte 'needs to apologize' MORE (R-Ariz.) are also new members.

The Armed Services panel has four new Republicans: Sens. Roy BluntRoy BluntSenators unveil infrastructure investment bill GOP nears total exasperation with Trump GOP senators pitch Merrick Garland for FBI director MORE (Mo.), Mike Lee (Utah), Ted CruzTed CruzCBO score underlines GOP tensions on ObamaCare repeal Republicans go to battle over pre-existing conditions GOP senators distance themselves from House ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (Texas) and Deb FischerDeb FischerSenate takes lead on Trump’s infrastructure proposal Updated fuel regulations would modernize options at gas pumps McConnell promises women can take part in healthcare meetings MORE (Neb.).