Q: I read in the AJC that the Senate vote to confirm Gen. James Mattis as Secretary of Defense was 98-1. Who was the one nay vote?
–John Titus, Peachtree Corners
A: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) was the lone nay vote against Mattis, a retired Marine general, for defense secretary.
Gillibrand also cast the only vote against Mattis in the Senate Armed Forces Committee, which sent his nomination to the full Senate for a vote.
When Mattis was nominated in December, a statement from Gillibrand’s office said, “Civilian control of our military is a fundamental principle of American democracy, and I will not vote for an exception to this rule.”
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