“I want to congratulate General Randy A. George and General Eric M. Smith on their confirmation as our nation’s next Chief of Staff of the Army and Commandant of the Marine Corps, respectively. They will each be incredible leaders of their Service and will work to strengthen and modernize our military for the challenges ahead.

Their confirmations are long overdue. We continue to see the impacts of the hold on over 300 of our outstanding general and flag officers. This is unprecedented, unnecessary and unsafe. Ensuring we have Senate-confirmed military leaders in place is critical to the defense of our nation and the readiness of our force. I’m committed to engaging with members of Congress until all of our highly qualified general and flag officers are confirmed.”