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    US Senate Confirms James Mattis as Secretary of Defense

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    The Pentagon has a new leader as the GOP-led Senate voted 98-1 has confirmed James N. Mattis as the next Secretary of Defense. New York Democratic Senator Kirtsen Gillibrand was the lone vote against Mattis, and Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions didn't vote.

    As the Senate continued to vote on Friday evening, more than 70 lawmakers had voted in the affirmative without anyone rejecting the nomination.

    A nominee needs 51 votes for confirmation.

    As the Senate continued to vote on Friday evening, more than 70 lawmakers had voted in the affirmative without anyone rejecting the nomination.

    The retired Marine general is a pick of newly inaugurated President Donald Trump, who recently signed a bill granting Mattis a one-time exception from federal regulations that prohibits former US military personnel who have been out of service for more than seven years from serving as Defense Secretary.

     

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