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Bernie Sanders to Chair Senate Vet Affairs Panel

Sen. Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats, will succeed Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) as chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee when Congress begins its next session in January.

Politico reports Murray is moving over to the Budget Committee as chairman.

Sanders, a member of the Veterans Affairs panel since 2007, advocated for the VA to include exposure to Agent Orange in its veterans disability benefits program and supported programs for homeless veterans.

Politico also reports this is one in a series of moves in the Senate’s military-focused committees, with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) moving from the Armed Services Committee over to the Foreign Relations Committee.

McCain currently serves as the Armed Service’s panel’s ranking Republican.

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