Lawmakers in both chambers of Congress have voted to pass legislation allowing retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to serve as secretary of defense in the administration of Donald Trump.
The full Senate on Thursday afternoon approved legislation that would allow retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to serve as defense secretary in the administration of Donald Trump.
Defense experts on Tuesday recommended that Congress pass a waiver to allow retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to serve as defense secretary in Donald Trump’s administration.
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) still will not support retired Gen. James Mattis for secretary of Defense after the two met in her Capitol Hill office on Wednesday.
Senate Democrats indicated on Wednesday they would not halt a short-term spending bill required to keep the government running despite Republicans inserting a measure that would accelerate the confirmation of retired Gen. James Mattis as defense secretary.
Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said lawmakers should grant retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis a waiver to head the Pentagon under the incoming Donald Trump administration.