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Sen. Marco Rubio gets plum committee assignment

WASHINGTON — New Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will serve on four committees, including a spot on intelligence.

Rubio received his assignments Thursday and will be on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; the Committee on Foreign Relations; the Select Committee on Intelligence; and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

The Republican success in November had a downside for Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

To make more room for Republicans, Nelson had to give up a seat on the Armed Service Committee. He had been able to use the perch to secure some top projects for Florida, including a nuclear aircraft carrier at Naval Station Mayport near Jacksonville.

Nelson will remain on three major committees — commerce, finance, intelligence — and hold onto budget and aging.

He secured a promise from Democratic Leader Harry Reid that he would be restored to Armed Services if Democrats retake some seats lost in 2010 (and Nelson is re-elected in 2012).

Rubio had expressed interest in foreign relations and the intelligence post is a plum for a newcomer, overseeing all federal agencies that gather information on national security.

Sen. Marco Rubio gets plum committee assignment 01/27/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 11:18pm]
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