Public Law 115-2: 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.

By | October 20, 2017
Secretary of Defense James Mattis

Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Public Law 115-2 gave him a one-time exception from rules against recently-discharged service members becoming Secretary of Defense.

This bill allows the first person, and only such person, appointed as Secretary of Defense after the enactment of this bill to be a person who is, on the date of appointment, at least three years after relief from active duty as a commissioned officer of a regular component of the Armed Forces. (Under current law, an individual may not be appointed as Secretary of Defense within seven years after relief from such active duty.)

Passed House
2017-01-13
Passed Senate
2017-01-12
Signed by President
2017-01-20
Became Public Law
2017-01-20

Sponsors

Original sponsor: Sen. McCain, John [R-AZ]

Votes

Passed House: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll059.xml

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