No. 3 Senate Dem to oppose Trump's Army secretary nominee

No. 3 Senate Dem to oppose Trump's Army secretary nominee
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The third-ranking Senate Democrat is coming out against President Trump's embattled Army secretary nominee Mark Green.

Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayBuilding strong public health capacity across the US Texas abortion law creates 2022 headache for GOP Top Democrat says he'll push to address fossil fuel tax breaks in spending bill MORE (D-Wash.) on Thursday announced that she would vote against Green, whose nomination is said to be in serious jeopardy following backlash over his controversial comments on gay marriage, transgender rights, evolution and Islam. 

"The men and women who sign up to serve our country deserve a leader who instills a culture of integrity and respect for all of our servicemembers, regardless of their religion, race, sexual orientation or gender identity," Murray, the assistant minority leader, said in a statement.

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"Unfortunately, on multiple occasions, Dr. Mark Green has demonstrated he is not that leader," she continued. "I will oppose his nomination, and I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to do the same."

Murray is currently the leading sponsor on a measure that seeks to cover sexual orientation and gender identity under federal non-discrimination protection laws. 

Murray isn't the first Senate Democrat to publicly oppose Green, a Tennessee state senator. Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMisguided recusal rules lock valuable leaders out of the Pentagon Biden's soft touch with Manchin, Sinema frustrates Democrats Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves MORE (Mass.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyBiden to have audience with pope, attend G20 summit Biden taps former Indiana Sen. Donnelly as ambassador to Vatican Republicans may regret restricting reproductive rights MORE (Ind.), both of whom sit on the committee that must give initial approval, have vowed to vote against him.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden's Supreme Court commission ends not with a bang but a whimper Hispanic organizations call for Latino climate justice in reconciliation Senate to vote next week on Freedom to Vote Act MORE (D-N.Y.) has also come out against Green, calling the nominee's views "intolerant, extreme and deeply disturbing."

Green could also face scrutiny from Republicans, as well. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCainJohn Sidney McCainVirginia race looms as dark cloud over Biden's agenda  Sinema's no Manchin, no McCain and no maverick Progressives say go big and make life hard for GOP MORE (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday told USA Today that Green's past comments about LGBT issues and Muslims are "very concerning."

"We are getting some questions from both Republicans and Democrats on the Armed Services Committee," he said. "I think there are some issues that clearly need to be cleared up."

Green is Trump's second pick for Army secretary. His first nominee, billionaire Vincent Viola, withdrew his name from consideration in February amid troubles divesting from financial holdings.