Hatch Statement on Confirmation of New Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security

Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, issued the following statement following the confirmation of General James Mattis and General John F. Kelly to serve as Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security respectively.


“I am pleased that the Senate has acted quickly to approve General Mattis and General Kelly to lead our national security establishment. Both of these men have fought bravely for our country and will provide critical guidance to President Trump. While I am deeply disappointed that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have delayed the confirmations of other well-qualified candidates, I am confident that the collaborative tone struck in today’s festivities will lead to greater cooperation and bipartisanship.”