WASHINGTON, D.C – Today, Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released the following statement after the Senate Armed Services Committee passed by a roll call vote the nomination of Dr. Ashton Carter as Secretary of Defense:

“I support Dr. Carter’s nomination as he has shown strong support and dedication to our service members and their families. Dr. Carter has proven he is willing to speak candidly to the Senate Armed Services Committee and it is my hope that he will serve as an independent mind and voice within the administration to improve our national security strategy and the welfare of our service members in this time of war, fiscal uncertainty and rising new challenges. If confirmed by the Senate, I look forward to working with Dr. Carter to ensure the Department of Defense has the tools needed to protect our nation, American interests, and to effectively partner with our allies,” said Senator Ernst.

The Senate Armed Services Committee nominated Dr. Carter by a vote of 25 – 0. The Senate is expected to vote on the confirmation of Secretary of Defense nominee Dr. Ashton Carter later this week.

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