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U.S. House expected to vote Thursday on waiver for Pentagon nominee

General Austin confirmation hearing for Secretary of Defense in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on Thursday on a waiver to allow retired Army General Lloyd Austin to become secretary of defense, according to a House schedule posted on Tuesday.

Austin, who retired from the military in 2016, needs a waiver because federal law requires potential defense secretaries to be out of uniform for at least seven years before taking the post.

(Reporting by Eric Beech, Editing by Franklin Paul)

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