Defense Secretary Nominee To Get Expedited Consideration

Law360 (July 11, 2019, 8:54 PM EDT) -- Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper will receive an expedited path to taking on the role permanently, with Senate Armed Services Committee leaders announcing Thursday that they have scheduled a nomination hearing for early next week, citing an urgent need to fill the position.

Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and ranking member Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., have agreed to expedite the confirmation process for Esper, scheduling an initial hearing for next Tuesday, July 16, they said.

Although announced as President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Pentagon on June 21, Esper has yet to be formally nominated for the defense secretary’s role...

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