The chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, on Monday named Sens. Mark Warner and Richard Blumenthal to lead two subcommittees.

Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, will replace the late-Sen. Frank Lautenberg as head of the subcommittee on surface transportation and merchant marine infrastructure, safety and security.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the full committee, said Warner "knows first-hand the importance of making investments in our transportation system and how they fuel our economic engine .... [His] leadership is exactly what we need to break the logjam in Congress over the tough decisions around infrastructure investments."

Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, will replace Warner, who had chaired the subcommittee on competitiveness, innovation and export promotion.

Rockefeller said Blumenthal "is one of our loudest voices when it comes to championing the nation's manufacturing sector. He is always striving to make sure it remains competitive for future generations, never wavering from his fight so that Americans are competing on a level playing field and at the forefront of global innovation."

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