The House and Senate both easily approved a waiver Thursday to allow for the consideration of President Biden's defense secretary nominee. Pentagon leaders are required to be out of the military for seven years, but Ret. Gen. Lloyd Austin has only been retired for five. The House voted 326-78 to approve Austin's waiver, and the Senate approved it quickly after, with both Republicans and Democrats objecting. The Senate will have to vote again on Austin's nomination later. Thursday's vote doesn't mean Austin will become defense secretary, but is a good indicator of the majority he'll end up receiving. The Senate last approved a waiver in 2017 for former President Donald Trump's Pentagon pick Ret. Gen. James Mattis.

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