Scott joins Armed Services Committee

Scott joins Armed Services Committee
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Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Supreme Court allows lawsuits against Texas abortion ban Rapper French Montana talks opioid epidemic, immigration on Capitol Hill How expanded credit data can help tackle inequities MORE (R-S.C.) will fill the seat on the Senate Armed Services Committee left open after Democrats’ surprising upset in Alabama’s special election last month.

“This is an amazing opportunity to work closely on issues important to the members of our Armed Services, their families, and our national defense,” Scott said in a statement Tuesday.

“South Carolina is home to thousands of the brave men and women who have signed up to defend our nation, as well as some of our nation’s critical military infrastructure. Having two brothers who served, I know well the sacrifices made by members of our Armed Forces, and I will continue working to ensure our military is the best trained and equipped fighting force in the world.“

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Scott is filling the seat on the committee left open by former Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangePress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Pandemic proves importance of pharmaceutical innovation The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE (R-Ala.), who had taken over the seat from fellow Alabaman Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Those predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold MORE (R) after he became attorney general.

Strange lost the GOP primary to Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreAlabama GOP gears up for fierce Senate primary clash Press: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Roy Moore loses lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen MORE, who in turn lost last  month’s special election to now-Sen. Doug Jones (D).

The committee shuffle in the wake of the election leaves Alabama without a spot on the Senate Armed Services Committee for the first time in 20 years.

Scott’s appointment also means South Carolina will have both its senators on the committee. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators introduce bill aimed at protecting Ukrainian civilians Kyrsten Sinema's courage, Washington hypocrisy and the politics of rage Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two MORE (R-S.C.) has become a prominent and vocal member of the committee closely allied with its chairman, John McCainJohn Sidney McCainRedistricting reform key to achieving the bipartisanship Americans claim to want Kelly takes under-the-radar approach in Arizona Senate race Voting rights, Trump's Big Lie, and Republicans' problem with minorities MORE (R-Ariz.).