Boxer passes on Middle East panel opening

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 MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyRegulators seek to remove barriers to electric grid storage Markey, Paul want to know if new rules are helping opioid treatment Oil spill tax on oil companies reinstated as part of budget deal MORE (D-Mass.), who won the seat vacated by Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes Kerry2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states When it comes to Colombia, America is in a tough spot 36 people who could challenge Trump in 2020 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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