Potential 2020 contenders Booker and Warren tapped for key national security posts

Potential 2020 contenders Booker and Warren tapped for key national security posts
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Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems McConnell vows to 'vigorously' oppose Moore's Senate bid Pelosi: Trump delay on Harriet Tubman is 'an insult to the hopes of millions' MORE (N.Y.) on Tuesday announced that Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Democrats vow to expand abortion access at Planned Parenthood event Democrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 Gillibrand leads 'Happy Birthday' to Warren in South Carolina MORE (Mass.), two Democrats seen as the most promising presidential candidates in 2020, will get key national security posts in the next Congress. 

Schumer has tapped Booker to serve on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Warren to sit on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The Foreign Relations panel will have important jurisdictional oversight over U.S. relations with Russia and Iran, two areas that will be heavily scrutinized during President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time MORE’s first year in office.


The Armed Services Committee will preside over Trump’s promise to rebuild the military, which could become a flashpoint of tension between Republicans who want to dramatically increase spending and Democrats who have opposed such increases if not matched by spending on domestic programs.

President Obama shored up his national security credentials while serving in the Senate by sitting on Foreign Relations panel. Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryWill we ever have another veteran as president? The Memo: Can Trump run as an outsider? The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's reelection message: Promises kept MORE did the same while a senator from Massachusetts before his 2004 bid for the White House.

Then-Sen. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump: I'd rather run against Biden Democrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 George Conway says new rape allegation against Trump 'is more credible' than Juanita Broaddrick MORE (D-N.Y.) served on the Armed Services Committee before her 2008 presidential campaign and her subsequent appointment to head the State Department.

Sen.-elect Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), whom some Democratic strategists see as a dark-horse candidate for the party’s presidential nomination in three years, also won seats on two panels with oversight of national security: the Homeland Security Committee and the Intelligence Committee.

Schumer’s committee appointments must be ratified by a vote of the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in January.