Thursday, January 21, 2021
House Meets at… Votes Predicted at…
2:00 p.m. Legislative Business
No “One Minutes”
First/Last Votes: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

ANY ANTICIPATED MEMBER ABSENCES FOR VOTES TODAY SHOULD BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY TO THE OFFICE OF THE MAJORITY WHIP AT 6-3210.

Floor Schedule and Procedure:

 H.R. 335 – To provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as Secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces (Rep. Smith (WA) – Armed Services)

A statutory exception to the limitation contained in Section 113(a) of Title 10, United States Code, is necessary to allow a person who served on active duty as a commissioned officer in one of the regular components of the Armed Forces within the previous seven years to be appointed as the Secretary of Defense. Secretary-designate Austin, who retired from the military on May 1, 2016, has expressed “deep appreciation and reverence for civilian control of our military” and stated that he will be “a civilian leader.” President-elect Biden has also announced the nominations of several civilians with strong backgrounds and expertise to other key leadership positions in the Department of Defense.

 

Exceptions have previously been granted to George Marshall in 1950 and James Mattis in 2017.  Secretary-designate Austin is the first African American ever selected to serve as Secretary of Defense.

Click here for a support letter from Chairman Smith.

 

Click here for an overview of the nomination from the Biden-Harris Transition and here for an op-ed from President-elect Biden.

                 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“But while democracy can be periodically delayed

it can never be permanently defeated”

Amanda Gorman