GOP’s control of Congress to block Reed from chairing key committee

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The balance of power in Washington, D.C. will be in the hands of the Republicans, which means Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed may not receive a major promotion.

Sen. Reed watched the results from Tuesday’s presidential election come in and even though his job wasn’t on the line, a promotion was.

“It was always going to be difficult,” said Reed. “We were running against [an] incumbent and running against a lot of money.”

With Republicans in control of the senate, it likely means Arizona Senator John McCain will continue holding the Armed Services Committee chair. If more Democrats had won, Sen. Reed likely would’ve taken over the chair.

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If Sen. Reed had been the chair of the Armed Services Committee, it would’ve meant more power and influence over foreign policy and the Pentagon’s budget.

“We’re going to work for the best interest of the country,” he said. “[We’re going to] make sure we have national security policies that work.”

Even with a Republican holding the chair committee seat, contracts have been brought to Electric Boat in Quonset and the Naval Station in Newport to work on Ohio-class submarines.

Sen. Reed tells Eyewitness News Sen. McCain has been someone he’s been able to work with. He also says neither of them supported President-Elect Donald Trump.