WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) released the following statement after voting to confirm the historic nomination of Retired General Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense.

“General Austin has served our nation well and is immensely qualified for the task before him. As former Commander of U.S. Central Command, General Austin led the military campaign to defeat ISIS and has an unparalleled knowledge of threats in the Middle East. After speaking with him and discussing issues critical to Nevada’s military bases, cybersecurity, the importance of the US-Israel security relationship, and strategies to combat Iranian aggression, I am confident he will be an excellent Secretary of Defense,” said Senator Rosen. “I also look forward to working with Secretary Austin to ensure that the longstanding principle of civilian control over the military is maintained, and that our armed forces remain non-partisan and non-political.”

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