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S. 84: A bill to provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as Secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces.

About the bill

Secretary of Defense James Mattis, appointed on President Trump's first day in office, was a four-star Marine general. Mattis’s recent service upends the traditional separation where the Defense Secretary — the official in charge of the Pentagon and most of the American military — is a non-uniformed civilian, while the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the the nation’s top-ranking military official.

To maintain that separation, Congress passed a law decades ago stipulating that nobody can serve as Defense Secretary within seven years after leaving the service ...

Sponsor and status

John McCain

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Arizona. Republican.

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Last Updated: Aug 16, 2017
Length: 1 pages
Introduced:

Jan 10, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019

Status:

Enacted — Signed by the President on Jan 20, 2017

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on January 20, 2017.

Law:

Pub.L. 115-2

Incorporated Legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 393: To provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as Secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of ...

Ordered Reported on Jan 12, 2017. 100% incorporated. (compare text)

History

Jan 10, 2017
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Jan 12, 2017
 
Ordered Reported

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Jan 12, 2017
 
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next.

Jan 13, 2017
 
Passed House

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Jan 20, 2017
 
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 84 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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