The nomination of retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to be the next Secretary of Defense have the Democrats at odds with each other. There are some who will bitterly oppose any nominee presented by President-Elect Donald Trump. There is another group of Dems who just want a good hearing and to look at the civilian-controlled military requirements. How will it go down?
As Written By Leo Shane III and Joe Gould for Military Times:
Senate Democrats are divided over how to handle the nomination of retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to take over the Department of Defense, with a critical waiver vote quickly approaching on the legislative calendar.
President-elect Donald Trump named Mattis, a 66-year-old popular general known for colorful quotes and a scholarly approach to military conflict, as his pick for the next defense secretary in early December.
But his 44-year Marine Corps career ended in 2013, meaning he’ll need a waiver from Congress to get around rules mandating a seven-year wait between military service and taking over the top Pentagon job.
Republicans have signaled no qualms about granting that exception, but Democrats have voiced concerns about undermining safeguards designed to reinforce the concept of civilian control of the military.
Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., said he was not aware of any looming problems with Mattis’ confirmation, “but you never……
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