The Senate voted on Thursday to confirm Gen. Randy George to be chief of staff of the Army, the second nomination to move through in recent days after Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s (R‑AL) monthslong blockade on military promotions and confirmations.
The chamber voted 96–1 to install George, who had been serving as the Army’s vice chief of staff and working in an acting capacity since August. George cleared a procedural vote 92–1 on Wednesday night.
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George is a decorated Army infantry soldier who did multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was the senior military assistant to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and became acting chief of the Army last August.
Army Gen. Randy George.
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“As an Army veteran myself, I have full confidence he will continue to modernize the Army and maintain our highly trained and lethal force to fight and win our nation’s wars,” Sen. Joni Ernst (R‑IA) said on the floor of the Senate, ahead of the vote. George grew up in Alden, Iowa.
There was growing pressure for lawmakers to resolve a standoff centered on the Pentagon’s abortion policy after the Army, Marine Corps, and Navy had been without Senate-confirmed leaders. Since March, Tuberville placed a blanket hold on more tha …