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US Majority of U.S. Senate approves Biden nominee Austin to lead Pentagon

18:52  22 january  2021
18:52  22 january  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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By Patricia Zengerle

Lloyd Austin wearing glasses and looking at the camera: FILE PHOTO: General Austin confirmation hearing for Secretary of Defense in Washington © Reuters/POOL FILE PHOTO: General Austin confirmation hearing for Secretary of Defense in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed President Joe Biden's nominee, retired Army General Lloyd Austin, to serve as Secretary of Defense - the first Black American in the role.

The vote was an overwhelming 90-2 in the 100-member chamber, far more than the simple majority needed.

Lawmakers from both parties said they were pleased that Austin would be installed to lead the Pentagon just two days after Biden was sworn in as president on Wednesday.

Senator Jack Reed, the incoming Democratic chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, noted the wide range of challenges facing the country - including the coronavirus pandemic and competition with China and Russia.

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The Senate will hold a confirmation vote on Friday for President Joe Biden ' s defense secretary pick retired Gen. President Joe Biden ' s nominee for Secretary of Defense, retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin testifies at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee at the U . S

The Senate approved the first of Biden ’ s nominees , Avril Earlier: Haines Wins Senate Confirmation as U . S . Intelligence Chief. Congress approved a waiver for Jim But on Wednesday he said he would do so because Austin “is the right person to lead the Pentagon through a unique, complex, and

"General Austin is an exceptionally qualified leader with a long and distinguished career in the U.S. military," Reed said before the vote.

"We're in the most threatened time that we're in," said Senator James Inhofe, the outgoing Republican chairman of the armed services panel, as he also urged support for the nominee.

Members of Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a waiver that allowed Austin to lead the Pentagon even though he had not cleared the required seven-year waiting period since leaving the uniformed services - a law intended to enforce civilian control of the armed forces.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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