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. Mattis has only been out of the service for just shy of four years.
A law enacted on the President’s first day in office, S. 84, granted Mattis a waiver from the law.
What the bill does
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Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Senator for Arizona. Republican.
Last Updated: Jan 18, 2017
Length: 1 page
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Enacted — Signed by the President on Jan 20, 2017
This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on January 20, 2017.
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S. 84 (115th) was 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.
Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 84. This is the one from the 115th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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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, Pub. L. No. 115-2, S. 84, 115th Cong. (2017).
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