Senators are only supposed to have two "major committee" assignments. But Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has just received a third.
He was appointed Wednesday to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - which goes with his other assignments on the Judiciary and Labor committees."I had to give up my seat on the Intelligence Committee two year early. It is considered a `B' (or minor) committee," Hatch said. "I hope to implement what I learned there into foreign policy."
Hatch said his appointment was opposed by some other Republican senators who argued that any senator who is also the ranking Republican on a full committee (as Hatch is on Labor and Human Resources) should not be given three major committees. "I think some wanted the assignment themselves. But the caucus supported me," Hatch said.