NEW ORLEANS — U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he has been appointed to sit on the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee — placing the Republican Louisiana politician in the middle of what likely will become major disagreements in the next Congress: Fights over President Obama’s nominee for the attorney general and the president’s move to shield millions of immigrants living in the United States illegally.

Vitter announced his committee assignments Monday.

When Congress returns from the winter break in January, Vitter will be enjoying an elevated position as a member of the GOP, which took control of the Senate in the November midterm

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