Boxer passes on Middle East panel opening

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has yet to decide on who will take over Casey's panel on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, which has newfound urgency amid the crises in Egypt and Syria and the renewal of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Other committee members already lead other committee panels or have reached the limit of two subcommittee chairmanships across the Senate.

Casey has been replaced on the committee by Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyOvernight Finance: Lawmakers float criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Scrutiny on Trump's Cuba dealings | Ryan warns of recession if no tax reform Overnight Tech: FCC chief downplays delay to TV box reforms | Lawsuit filed over internet transition | Waze rolls out ridehailing service Anti-trade senators say chamber would be crazy to pass TPP MORE (D-Mass.), who won the seat vacated by Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryObama administration officials ramp up push for Pacific pact Overnight Defense: GOP leaders express concerns after 9/11 veto override | Lawmakers press for Syria 'plan B' | US touts anti-ISIS airstrikes No GOP leaders attending Shimon Peres funeral MORE in a special election. Markey could end up with the subpanel chairmanship on a committee that's dominated with first-term senators, or the committee could end up being reshuffled.

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