Feinstein addressed speculation that the committee shuffle would put her in a position to chair Intelligence in a statement Friday: If Senator Byrds resignation means that I will chair the Intelligence Committee, I would welcome the responsibility, and I am prepared to address the great challenges facing our nation. I believe that strong oversight of the intelligence community is critical to ensuring our national security, and to restoring Americas reputation in the world.
The Rules gavel would then likely fall to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.