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Gen. Mattis Waiver Passes Senate Armed Services Committee 24-3

Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:04 pm
by Peter1469
Gen. Mattis Waiver Passes Senate Armed Services Committee 24-3

There is a 7 year rule for ex-officers serving as the SecDef. The Armed Services Committee waived that rule for GEN. Mattis today.

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On Thursday, General James Mattis testified at the confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee in order to obtain a waiver that would allow him to serve as Secretary of Defense. Gen. Mattis, who has been retired from the military since 2013, would need the waiver approved by Congress to bypass federal law which states that the head of the Pentagon needs to be a civilian or retired from the military for at least 7 years. Following the hearing in front of the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the vote for the waiver passed 24-3.

Re: Gen. Mattis Waiver Passes Senate Armed Services Committee 24-3

Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:03 pm
by Common
Yep he went through, sessions will go through. The dems dont have the juice to stop trumps appointees. They may stop one or two. Scotus is going to be fun

Re: Gen. Mattis Waiver Passes Senate Armed Services Committee 24-3

Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:43 pm
by Peter1469
Common wrote:Yep he went through, sessions will go through. The dems dont have the juice to stop trumps appointees. They may stop one or two. Scotus is going to be fun


This is just the first step for Mattis - he has a way to go.

Re: Gen. Mattis Waiver Passes Senate Armed Services Committee 24-3

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:08 am
by Peter1469
Cthulhu wrote:Out of curiosity, why was this 7 year rule instituted? What is the point of it?

Fear profits a man nothing.


It was made as part of the National Security Act of 1947. It was intended to ensure civilian control of the military, and to prevent active duty generals from "competing" for the job, which may affect their current performance as a military officer.

10 U.S. Code ยง 113 - Secretary of Defense