Esper Confirmed As Defense Secretary, Despite Opposition from Some 2020 Dems

Government Executive: Mark Esper easily cleared the Senate to be confirmed as defense secretary on Tuesday, more than seven months after the protest resignation of then-Secretary Jim Mattis.

The 90-8 vote ends the longest period in history that the Defense Department has gone without a confirmed leader at the helm. The handful of “nay” votes against Esper came primarily from Democrats running for president in 2020, including Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

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