WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted in favor of Dr. Ash Carter to be the next Secretary of Defense. Carter was confirmed by a Senate vote of 93 to 5.
“For the past 20 years, I have had the opportunity to observe and review Dr. Carter’s performance in the Department of Defense, and I find him to be a man of integrity and dedication to the U.S. military. He understands the mismatch we currently have between threats to U.S. national security and the resources needed to deter and defeat those threats. Dr. Carter has a great task ahead of him in working with Washington to end sequestration to the Defense Department and by providing leadership among our allies so we can effectively work together. With six years into this Administration, we still have no coherent strategy to deter Russia, China, Iran, Islamic extremists and other terrorist groups, and we still have no overarching strategy to address an increasingly complex global threat landscape. I will be counting on Dr. Carter to help reverse this course and I expect him to provide candid and independent counsel to our nation's Commander-in-Chief.”
Inhofe met with Carter on January 29 in a private meeting to discuss his nomination. On February 4, Inhofe participated in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to consider the nomination of Carter to be the next Secretary of Defense. In the hearing, Inhofe asked questions to Carter about the need for a strategy in the Middle East and the state of the United States’ strength among our allies in Europe. A copy of the video can be viewed by clicking here.