Waiver That Would Allow Mattis To Serve As Sec. Of Defense Earns Resounding Approval
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The nomination of Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to serve as President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of defense took two significant steps forward Thursday.
As Reported by Western Journalism:
First, despite threats of revolt from House Democrats, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee easily approved a waiver that will allow Mattis to serve in the Cabinet. Because seven years had not passed since Mattis retired from active duty, he required a special waiver from Congress for his nomination to be approved, per a 1947 law. Mattis retired in 2013.
Second, reports say that Mattis emerged from the House Armed Services Committee with “strong support” after taking a strong stance against Russian President Vladimir Putin and answering tough questions on women and gays in combat. The Washington Post reports Mattis “encountered virtually no challenges from members of the Senate Armed Services Committee to his suitability for the top Pentagon job.”