New rule shakes up Senate Armed Services subcommittees

The Senate Armed Services Committee has shaken up its leadership and placed junior members as the heads of several subpanels thanks to a new rule.

Sen. Mark KellyMark KellyFive takeaways from Arizona's audit results Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Afghan evacuation still frustrates Overnight Defense & National Security — Congress begins Afghanistan grilling MORE (D-Ariz.) is now chairman of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee, taking on the role from Sen. Gary PetersGary PetersHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Officials want action on cyberattacks Officials urge Congress to consider fining companies that fail to report cyber incidents Senate Democrats announce million investment in key battlegrounds ahead of 2022 MORE (D-Mich.), while Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthDems punch back over GOP holdup of Biden SBA nominee Top Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal Democrats brace for battle on Biden's .5 trillion spending plan MORE (D-Ill.), will now be the chairwoman of the Airland subcommittee, taking over for Sen. Angus KingAngus KingOvernight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Manchin, Barrasso announce bill to revegetate forests after devastating fires Rep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress MORE (I-Maine), according to a statement from the full committee.

King will move on to be the head of the Strategic Forces subpanel, taking over for Sen. Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichOvernight Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Schneider Electric — Deadly Ida floodwaters grip southeast US David Sirota: Seven Democrats who voted against fracking ban trying to secure future elections Deadly extreme heat has arrived: here's how policymakers can save lives MORE (D-N.M.), while Peters will lead the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The game of musical chairs was due to a Democratic caucus rule change, adopted two months prior, that is meant to more evenly dole out subcommittee gavels, as first reported by CQ Roll call.
 
Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyCongress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B Senators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State Tell our troops: 'Your sacrifice wasn't in vain' MORE (D-Conn.) proposed the rule to make sure that more powerful Democrats on prime committees don’t also head a subcommittee until more junior members are allowed the chance.
 
Both Duckworth and Kelly are military veterans; Duckworth is a former Army helicopter pilot who was wounded in Iraq, while Kelly was a Navy pilot and a NASA astronaut.
 
The new roles are likely to give more clout to the two newer members, as Duckworth has only sat on the Senate Armed Services Committee since 2019 and Kelly, who beat fellow veteran Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyFive takeaways from Arizona's audit results The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Senate passes infrastructure bill, budget resolution; Cuomo resigns Schumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up MORE (R-Ariz) for his seat in November, was named to the committee earlier this month