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U.S. Senate approves Carter as new defense secretary

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 00:47

The U.S. Senate votes overwhelmingly to confirm Ashton Carter as President Barack Obama's next secretary of defense. Nathan Frandino reports.

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"On the confirmation of Ashton B. Carter of Massachusetts to be the secretary of defense, the ayes are 93, the nays are 5. The motion is carried." Ashton Carter is on his way back to the Pentagon. The former deputy defense secretary and former chief weapons buyer received his final approval Thursday. During his confirmation hearings, Carter underscored his determination to boost the U.S. defense budget. He also pledged to try and drive down the cost of new weapons and make sure new technologies get to troops faster. Carter will be Obama's fourth defense secretary. He succeeds Chuck Hagel, who resigned last year. = U.S. Senate approves Carter as new defense secretary The U.S. Senate votes overwhelmingly to confirm Ashton Carter as President Barack Obama's next secretary of defense. Nathan Frandino reports.

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U.S. Senate approves Carter as new defense secretary

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 00:47