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Senate veterans panel leader to step down

The chairwoman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee is planning to leave her position to seek a new role focusing on the federal budget.

The chairwoman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee is planning to leave her position to seek a new role focusing on the federal budget, the Seattle Times reports.

According to the report, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said that she is looking to replace Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) as chair of the Senate Budget Committee upon his retirement.

Murray also sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, which allocates money to discretionary programs, the report noted.

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