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Stevens to Head Senate Commerce Committee

Stevens to Head Senate Commerce Committee

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain will give up his Commerce Committee Chair at the end of this year but expects to remain on the committee. Republican Senators have 6-year term limits on their committee chairmanships and McCain has reached that limit.
According to Commerce Committee spokeswoman Rebecca Hanks, Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, would take over the committee. This assumes the Republicans retain control of the Senate in the upcoming elections.
McCain hopes to chair the Telecom Subcommittee, although Hanks says no definite decision has been made on that assignment. What is definite is that McCain, who also serves on the Indian Affairs Committee, takes over that chair for one year in 2005 and then becomes chairman of the Armed Services Committee in 2006.

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