Senate confirms Trump's deputy Defense secretary
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Senators confirmed David Norquist to be the deputy Defense secretary by voice vote, completing a key item on the chamber's pre-recess to-do list.
 
Norquist had been acting deputy Defense secretary since January, but stepped aside for the confirmation process. He has been the Pentagon’s comptroller since 2017.
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Norquist is the latest Pentagon official to be confirmed as senators try to wrap up their work before the August recess, with lawmakers away from Washington until early September.
 
The Senate confirmed Mark EsperMark EsperBahrain joins US-led coalition to protect Gulf shipping Congress must exercise its power to ensure America has no war with Iran Pentagon tests previously banned cruise missile MORE to be Defense secretary and Gen. Mark Milley to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff last week.
 
Senators predicted Norquist would be easily confirmed after a largely uneventful confirmation hearing earlier this month, putting his nomination on a glide path. 
 

"In fact, I remember telling the president a long time ago it doesn't matter who ends up being secretary of Defense so long as you have Norquist in here helping,” Inhofe said. 

“Secretary Norquist, we face many challenges that require strong leadership and the ability to make tough decisions. I am very confident you can make those tough decisions,” the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedSenators ask for committee vote on 'red flag' bills after shootings Senate Democrats demand Trump order review of White House security clearances Overnight Defense: Dems talk Afghanistan, nukes at Detroit debate | Senate panel advances Hyten nomination | Iranian foreign minister hit with sanctions | Senate confirms UN ambassador MORE (R.I.), added.