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Congress approves to allow a waiver, Mattis run the Pentagon

To appoint the Minister of defence James Mattis is seen in Washington, DC

(AP)

Congress approved legislation on Friday that allows the retired Marine gen. James Mattis to run the Pentagon in the trump administration.

The house cleared the bill, 268-151, despite complaints from many Democrats, the Republicans rushed the measure unnecessary. The Senate overwhelmingly the legislation passed a day earlier. White House spokesman said President Barack Obama would sign the measure if the Congress approved before he leaves office.

The bill granted a one-time exception for Mattis from the law that bars former service members, the already out-of-uniform for less than seven years, holds the top Pentagon job. The limitation is intended to maintain civilian control over the military. Mattis, 66, retired from the Marine Corps in 2013.

Congress last granted an exemption from the law in 1950, George Marshall, a former five-star army general and Secretary of state.

Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said the panel held, to consider of the no content of the hearings, the impact of the legislation. He also criticized the Republicans for not pushing back to the witnesses if the trombone’s transition team refused to Mattis before the Committee on Thursday afternoon, after he had completed his confirmation hearing in the Senate.

“We are treated as irrelevant,” said Smith.

Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas, the Committee’s top Republican, the debt of the transition team for the “short-sightedness.” But he refused to Schmidt’s assessment.

“We are not said to be irrelevant, because if we don’t serve no voting for this legislation, (Matthis)”, Thornberry.

He also said that to ensure sworn in the bill before the presidential election, Donald Trump is a seamless transition at the Pentagon at a time when the United States faces a number of threats.

“The fact is, unless we pass this bill today, we are in the position of a defense Minister on Jan. 20,” Thornberry said. The house is not in session next week.

The Senate legislation by a 81-17 vote, with 30 Democrats to secure the bill. The legislation is independent from the Senate confirmation vote on Mattis. But the strong support of both parties signals there are no real hurdles for the approval of the trump card of his choice for defense Minister.

During a military career, than four decades, took, Mattis served in numerous senior military positions, including commander of the U.S. Central Command in charge of all American forces in the Middle East.

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