The Senate Armed Services Committee just voted, and in a 24-3 landslide vote, they threw their support behind a waiver that would allow General James Mattis to serve as Secretary of Defense. He needs the waiver because federal law states that you must be out of the military for at least 7 years before you can be eligible to serve as Secretary of Defense. The law is in place to prevent militarization of a civilian governmental system.
On Thursday, General James Mattis testified at the confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee in order to obtain a waiver that would allow him to serve as Secretary of Defense. Gen. Mattis, who has been retired from the military since 2013, would need the waiver to bypass federal law which states that the head of the Pentagon needs to be a civilian or retired from the military for at least 7 years. Following the hearing in front of the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the vote for the waiver passed 24-3.A subsequent vote from the House of Representatives, the other half of Congress, must also be passed in order for Mattis to obtain the waiver.
Despite Bernie Sanders, General Mattis has so much support to get the waiver. He is a legendary figure in the USMC and is well respected by his fellow Marines. Last year was one of the most unruly and dangerous years in world history, and we are in a very dangerous time in history… Leadership like Mattis is needed at the Secretary of Defense post.
Let’s hope he gets the waiver!