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Sasse gains assignment to Senate Intelligence Committee

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Sen. Ben Sasse has landed a coveted seat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Sasse will leave the Senate Armed Services Committee to assume the new assignment made by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and also hold a seat on the newly created Cyberspace Solarium Commission.

"The Intel Committee has a unique national security role," Sasse noted, working on "some of the most sensitive and pressing threats to the United States — from the challenge of competing powers like China and Russia to the continued threat of cyberwar."

Sasse will not fill a vacancy on the 15-member committee, but will replace Sen. James Langford of Oklahoma, who is moving to the Senate Finance Committee.

"The Intel Committee is usually the first to dive into Congress' national security debates and, given the serious nature of our work, it's important that we work in a deliberate way," said Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, committee chairman.

"Ben does his homework and is ready to help this committee provide oversight of our intelligence community's work as we face down threats around the globe."

Sasse will continue to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with the Banking and Joint Economic committees.

Sasse lauded the creation of the cyber commission.

"We're in the age of cyber war and America isn't ready for it," he said.

"Washington isn't doing enough to protect the American people from new and emerging cyber threats from China, Russia and other adversaries.

"I've been pushing Washington to get serious about these threats and draft a badly-needed cyber playbook. An offensive and defensive strategy is long overdue and this commission needs to work with urgency."

The commission was proposed by Sasse and signed into law as part of the 2019 national defense authorization act. 

Reach the writer at 402-473-7248 or dwalton@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LJSDon.

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