July 21, 2024

Reps. Kim, Brown, and Sires lead letter in support of Secretary-designate Lloyd Austin

Retired Army General Lloyd Austin speaks after being formally nominated to be Secretary of the Department of Defense by President-elect Joe Biden at the Queen Theatre
Retired Army General Lloyd Austin speaks after being formally nominated to be Secretary of the Department of Defense by President-elect Joe Biden at the Queen Theatre

United States Representatives Andy Kim and Anthony Brown, members of the House Armed Services Committee, and Albio Sires, member of the House Foreign Relations Committee, released a letter signed by 45 representatives of color to House and Senate leadership expressing strong support for Secretary-designate Austin’s nomination and the necessary congressional waiver. 

“Secretary-designate Austin’s appointment as Secretary of Defense would make our country stronger and safer…Secretary-designate Austin’s appointment would not only break historic barriers, but send an important signal to our country and the rest of the world,” the letter says.

“As Black, Hispanic, Asian and Pacific Islander American Members of Congress, we are writing to express our strong support for Secretary-designate Lloyd Austin…and the necessary congressional waiver” 

Read the full letter here and below: 

December 23, 2020

Speaker Nancy Pelosi

H-232, the Capitol

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

Leader Mitch McConnell

S-230, the Capitol

U.S. Senate

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Madam Speaker and Leader McConnell,

As Black, Hispanic, Asian and Pacific Islander American Members of Congress, we are writing to express our strong support for Secretary-designate Lloyd Austin, who has been named by President-elect Biden as his nominee for Secretary of Defense, and the necessary congressional waiver.

Secretary-designate Austin’s appointment as Secretary of Defense would make our country stronger and safer. He has led a distinguished career from a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, and most recently, head of the United States Central Command. Secretary-designate Austin has extensive combat experience and an impeccable record of service to our country.

Moreover, as the first Black nominee for Secretary of Defense, Secretary-designate Austin’s appointment would not only break historic barriers, but send an important signal to our country and the rest of the world about the value of diversity, inclusion, sacrifice and strength. We believe President-elect Biden deserves the person that he wants to lead our military. After conducting the necessary hearings in both the House and Senate, we encourage you to move his nomination and the necessary congressional waiver forward quickly in the 117th Congress.

Due to the pandemic and paradigm shift in global power, our world is entering a new era.

We look forward to working closely with you, the Biden-Harris Administration, Secretary-designate Austin and the Department of Defense to put an end to the coronavirus crisis, keep Americans safe, and protect our national security interests abroad.

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