Underwood Statement on Vote to Support Waiver for General Lloyd J. Austin, III to Serve as United States Secretary of Defense

January 21, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) released the following statement announcing she will vote in support of the waiver for General Lloyd J. Austin, III to serve as United States Secretary of Defense.

“Today, I will vote to support the waiver necessary for General Lloyd J. Austin, III to serve as United States Secretary of Defense. I do not vote for this waiver lightly; civilian leadership of the military is a principle that I strongly support, and exceptions to this important precedent should be made only in the most unique of circumstances. I have spoken to General Austin and have been assured that he will approach his role as a civilian and will integrate civilian input into all levels of decision making. It is with this assurance, in the context of our country’s grave, extraordinary challenges, that I support the waiver that will clear a path for his service as Secretary of Defense.” 

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