BREAKING: Senate Confirms General James Mattis as Secretary of DefensePosted: January 20, 2017
It’s official. ‘Mad Dog’ is defense secretary.
Mattis initially faced a hurdle to becoming the new Pentagon chief, needing a waiver from Congress to assume the role despite having been less than seven years from active military duty. Upon being sworn in Friday, Trump signed the passed waiver into law, clearing the way for Mattis’ confirmation.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) was the only member of the Senatorial committee to vote against confirming Mattis as defense secretary. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) had previously voted against the waiver, but ultimately supported Mattis’ confirmation.
Baldwin said in a statement Friday that because Mattis “knows the costs of war, I am hopeful that he will provide a strong and principled voice within the next administration,” adding…(read more)