Senate Democrats on Thursday named three new members to the Armed Services Committee to replace the incumbents who lost their races in the general election last month. The new members for the 116th Congress are Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) and Doug Jones (Ala.); they will fill the seats left by the departure of Bill Nelson (Fla.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.). The rest of the committee’s Democratic lineup remains unchanged, with Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.) returning as the ranking member. Panel memberships are subject to ratification by the full Senate when the new Congress convenes in January. … California Rep. Ken Calvert (R) is hoping to become ranking member on the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee next year, after the position opened up when the Republican Steering Committee named Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) as the ranking member on the full committee for the 116th Congress. Calvert is a veteran member of the defense panel and currently services as its vice chairman. Now he chairs the Interior-Environment subcommittee. Calvert likely will face competition from other senior GOP members of the Appropriations Committee for the top Republican spot on the defense panel, reported CQ.
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