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Reid's New Panel Ratios Meet GOP Resistance

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Reid said he does not plan to formally name committee chairmen until party ratios are set and vacant seats on committees are filled.

A Democratic senator who asked not be named said there is little mystery about who will lead each committee, but that caucus leaders may be delaying announcing chairmen because of uncertainty surrounding the status of current Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., who is widely thought to be in line for a Cabinet post in the Obama administration.

Kerry’s nomination as secretary of State or Defense would prompt appointment of an interim Foreign Relations chairman.

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