WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the Senate confirmation of Dr. Ashton Carter as the next Secretary of Defense.
“I look forward to working with Dr. Ashton Carter to protect American security interests both domestic and abroad, as well as ensuring that America’s nuclear capabilities remain the most advanced in the world and serve as an effective deterrent. As Secretary of Defense, Dr. Carter will be at the forefront of the United States’ response to significant international challenges—from the serious threat of ISIS to Russian aggression in eastern Europe. I hope that Dr. Carter will be empowered to put forward policy recommendations regarding these international crises and the best interests of our Armed Forces without facing political roadblocks from the White House that have stifled the leadership of his three predecessors.”
Dr. Carter was confirmed with Daines’ support today. The Senate confirmed Dr. Carter by a vote of 93-5.