Congressman French Hill Statement on Mattis Waiver

WASHINGTON – Today, after the House of Representatives voted to give Retired General James Mattis a waiver exempting him from the law that requires a seven-year waiting period for retired military officers to serve as Secretary of Defense, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) released the following statement:

“Voting to grant this one-time waiver to General Mattis was not a decision that I took lightly. However, given the uniqueness of the current situation—never before have we been engaged in the same conflict for so long—I believe General Mattis is the best person equipped to win the War on Terror, and not allowing him to be the Secretary of Defense due to his recent military service would be foolish. We need leadership in the Pentagon that knows how to get the job done, and I look forward to working with him as our next Secretary of Defense.”