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Senate approves exception for Mattis to serve as defense secretary | MilitaryTimes

Senate approves exception for Mattis to serve as defense secretary | MilitaryTimes

The Senate on Thursday quickly passed legislation allowing retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to serve as the next defense secretary, just hours after his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill.

The move is the first of several congressional steps needed to get around federal rules that mandate a seven-year “cooling off” period between military service and assuming the top civilian defense job. Mattis retired in 2013 after a 44-year military career.

The House is expected to vote on the matter on Friday.

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