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Senate confirms chairman of joint chiefs as GOP senator still blocking hundreds of military nominees

September 20, 2023

Mary Clare Jalonick and Tara Copp

Associated Press

Mariam Zuhaib, Associated Press


By Mary Clare Jalonick and Tara Copp, Associated Press / September 20, 2023

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Gen. CQ Brown as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, putting him in place to succeed Gen. Mark Milley when he retires at the end of the month.

Brown’s confirmation on a 83-11 vote, months after President Joe Biden nominated him for the post, comes as Democrats try to maneuver around holds placed on hundreds of nominations by Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville over the Pentagon’s abortion policy. The Senate is also expected to confirm Gen. Randy George to be Army Chief of Staff and Gen. Eric Smith as commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps this week.

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