House backs waiver allowing Mattis to serve as defense secretary

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Posted: Jan 13, 2017 3:53 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives backed a waiver on Friday that will allow James Mattis to serve as President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of defense, despite having retired as a Marine General in 2013.

The House voted 268 to 151, largely along party lines, for a one-time waiver of a provision of a law on civilian control of the U.S. military that requires a seven-year wait after retirement before active-duty military can lead the Department of Defense.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by James Dalgleish)