Senate Confirms Lloyd Austin to Serve as Defense Secretary

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Posted: Jan 22, 2021 11:30 AM
Senate Confirms Lloyd Austin to Serve as Defense Secretary

Source: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Senate voted to confirm retired General Lloyd Austin to serve as President Biden's Secretary of Defense on Friday morning, with bipartisan support. 

Both chambers passed a waiver to bypass a rule that is in place to deter recently retired generals from leading the Department of Defense. Both the House and Senate approved a waiver for Austin's nomination with overwhelming support, just as was done for former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' nomination during the Trump administration.

Austin is the second nominee to be confirmed to President Biden's cabinet.