The Senate approved aÂ congressional waiver to help ease the path forÂ retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis’ confirmationÂ asÂ defense secretary under President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration through an 81-17 vote Thursday, Politico reported Thursday.
Jeremy Herb and Connor OâBrienÂ write the waiver legislationÂ would exemptÂ Mattis fromÂ a law that requires a seven-year wait for former military officials afterÂ retirement from active duty in order to serve as the Defense Department‘s civilian leader.
TheÂ House Armed Services Committee on Thursday also cleared the exemptionÂ by a 34-28 vote while theÂ Senate Armed Services Committee voted 24-3 in favor of the waiver after Trump’s defense secretary nominee sailed through an SASCÂ nomination hearing, according to Herb and O’Brien.
The report saidÂ House lawmakersÂ aimÂ toÂ take up the legislation byÂ Friday.
MattisÂ told SASC members during his testimony before the committeeÂ Thursday that, if confirmed, he would supportÂ theÂ F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program,Â the U.S.’ partnership with NATO and restrictions onÂ nuclear weapon use, Leigh Giangreco reported for Flightglobal.
He also voiced his support for aÂ nuclear triad modernization planÂ that includesÂ development ofÂ bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarines, according to the report.