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Senate Confirms Carter as Defense Secretary

February 13, 2015

WASHINGTON — The US Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved Ashton “Ash” Carter to become the country’s 25th defense secretary.

After a weeks-long delay while he recovered from back surgery, Carter’s nomination sailed through the upper chamber with a final tally of 93-5. He testified for around five hours on Feb. 4 before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) submitted additional answers to the panel on Monday, and it voted unanimously Tuesday to send his nomination to the floor

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