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 CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerOPINION: Congress should censure Trump for his unfit conduct How to fix Fannie and Freddie to give Americans affordable housing No. 2 Senate Republican backs McConnell in Trump fight 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 KerryCongress needs to assert the war power against a dangerous president Sinclair and 'Big Media': The outrage that caused the outrage Tillerson sets a lost State Department on the right course MORE (D-Mass.) nominated as secretary of State. The next Democrat in line is Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezLawmakers target horse meat trade Senators, staff get approval to testify in Menendez corruption trial Trump admin not opposed to new war authorization 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 PaulCurtis wins GOP primary for House seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz Glimmer of hope in bipartisan criminal justice reform effort Trump barrage stuns McConnell and his allies 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 JohnsonCEOs revolt against Trump over Charlottesville GOP senator: Trump hasn't 'changed much' since campaign Senators push for possible FCC enforcement over Lifeline fraud MORE (R-Wis.) and Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeOPINION: Congress should censure Trump for his unfit conduct Club for Growth endorses Nicholson in Wisconsin GOP primary Immigration battlefield widens for Trump, GOP MORE (R-Ariz.) are also new members.

The Armed Services panel has four new Republicans: Sens. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP debates tax cuts vs. tax reform Five tough decisions for the GOP on healthcare Lacking White House plan, Senate focuses on infrastructure MORE (Mo.), Mike Lee (Utah), Ted CruzTed CruzThe media couldn't be more blatant in distorting Trump's words on Charlottesville Curtis wins GOP primary for House seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz Kimmel: Let’s make Trump a king so he has no power MORE (Texas) and Deb FischerDeb FischerSenators eye ticket fee to overhaul airports Lobbying World Congress must stop the assault on taxpayer-friendly freight railroads MORE (Neb.).