Senate panel gives nod to McMaster's 3-star status
WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday recommended that White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster should be allowed to continue serving in the position as an active-duty, three-star general.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the committee chairman, said the 23-2 vote sends McMaster’s service status to the full Senate for a final decision. However, some committee members raised questions over White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s position on the National Security Council and some Democrats balked at recommending McMaster because they wanted more time for consideration.
President Donald Trump picked McMaster, an Army lieutenant general, as his new national security adviser Feb. 20 after Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn resigned. Under federal law, the Senate must reappoint McMaster so he can continue to serve as a three-star general while acting as national security adviser.
“We will now schedule his promotion issue to the full Senate and I am confident that it will be approved particularly given the overwhelming vote in favor that was just given in the Armed Services Committee,” McCain said.
The committee chose to expedite its consideration of McMaster’s active-duty status during the closed-door executive session meeting with the general, waiving a rule that requires it to deliberate for seven days. But McCain said he could not rule out attempts by Democrats to delay a final Senate vote, which had not been scheduled yet.
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