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Senate confirms Lloyd Austin, making him the nation’s first Black defense secretary

  • January 22, 2021

law barring recently retired military officers from serving as the defense secretary, but top Democrats lined up behind Austin’s nomination, citing the need for Biden to have his national security team in place after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. The law requires that troops be retired for seven years before taking the post.Schumer says Trump impeachment article will go to Senate on Monday

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The top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., said on the Senate floor Austin was an “exceptionally qualified leader” and said Austin had pledged to uphold civilian control of the military during his confirmation hearing.

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