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Blumenthal loses veterans committee leadership spot

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal discussions a bill to end veteran homelessness in Hartford. (WFSB file photo) Sen. Richard Blumenthal discussions a bill to end veteran homelessness in Hartford. (WFSB file photo)
HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal will no longer be the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

While he'll still be a member of the committee next year, fellow Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana will become the new ranking member, Senate Democratic leaders announced Wednesday.

Blumenthal congratulated Tester, who has more seniority in the Senate. Blumenthal says he looks forward to continuing his role on the committee, where he will "continue with undiminished determination to improve services for our veterans."

Blumenthal will also continue to serve on the Senate Judiciary, Armed Services and Commerce committees.

Sen. Chris Murphy, another Connecticut Democrat, is expected to remain a member of the Senate Foreign Relations; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and Appropriations committees in the new session of the Congress.

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