MCCAIN ERA ENDS IN SENATE
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Wednesday that Sen. Jim Inhofe will succeed the late Sen. John McCain as chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee.
“I am deeply honored that my colleagues have selected me to lead the Armed Services Committee,” the Oklahoma Republican said.
“America is facing new and unprecedented threats that are different from anything we’ve seen before,” he said in a statement. “As chairman, it will be my priority to address these threats while maintaining a staunch commitment to service members and their families, as well as continue the bipartisan tradition of rigorous accountability and oversight of the Defense Department.”
The committee voted to approve the chairmanship, and a full Senate vote is expected by the end of the week. The senator has been on the Armed Services Committee since 1995.
McCain headed the committee since 2015 and used the chairmanship to shape foreign, defense and military policies in annual defense authorization acts.
Mr. Inhofe, who has been the acting Armed Services Committee chairman since last year, is more conservative than McCain and is closer to President Trump.
The senator is expected to work closely with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who is seeking to reform the U.S. military with the goal of using advanced technology and restructuring to produce a more lethal and agile force.
“I’m happy that our colleagues on the Armed Services Committee have officially chosen Sen. Inhofe to serve as their next chairman,” Mr. McConnell said in a floor speech. “Jim Inhofe filled in for Sen. McCain during a difficult year. He rose to the occasion and helped lead the committee in passing crucial legislation that honored the example of his predecessor and the volunteers who defend our nation.” recruit Americans with access to classified information.
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