WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today applauded the Senate passage of S. 84, legislation to provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of retired Gen. James N. Mattis to serve as secretary of defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the armed forces.
Earlier today the SASC voted 24-3 in favor of the Mattis waiver. The Senate final vote was 81–17. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the waiver tomorrow.
“I am pleased that my colleagues have voted to allow for the confirmation of Mattis to be the secretary of defense,” Inhofe said. “Our military has faced readiness and modernization shortfalls over the last eight years while we simultaneously face increasing threats to our national security. Gen. Mattis will not only increase the combat effectiveness and lethality of our military but will reestablish this country’s global leadership position. While I am strongly in favor of the Constitutional requirement of civilian control of the armed forces, I support granting Mattis this waiver because of his exceptional commitment to Constitutional principles, his unique qualifications for this position, and the increasing global threats to our nation. This is a necessary step to rebuilding our military. I look forward to the House vote in favor of the waiver and confirmation of Mattis as our next secretary of defense.”