US Senate confirms Heather Wilson as Air Force Secretary

10 May, 2017, 02:52 | Author: Lorena Waters
  • Senate confirms Heather Wilson as Trump's Air Force secretary

Her confirmation with a 76-22 vote is seen as a rare victory for the Trump administration at a time only one of Trump's nominees for a Pentagon post approved so far, and dozens of national security positions remain unfilled. After she served five terms in Congress, she had collected about half a million dollars in controversial payments from nuclear labs that were said to be federally funded, according to the Energy Department's inspector general, who said this in a 2013 report.

After serving five terms in Congress from New Mexico, Wilson collected almost half a million dollars in questionable payments from federally funded nuclear labs, the Energy Department's inspector general said in a 2013 report.

Following disposition of the Wilson nomination, the Senate will immediately vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #53, the nomination of Scott Gottlieb, of CT, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services.

"We live in a remarkable country, protected by innovators and intrepid Airmen who take great risks on our behalf", Wilson said in a statement. Her priorities for the Air Force include updating and restoring aircraft, modernizing the Air Force and the increased development of young leaders. Trump's picks for secretaries of the Army and Navy have withdrawn from consideration.

The president's first pick to be the Army's top civilian, Vincent Viola, dropped out in early February because of financial entanglements, and about three weeks later Philip B. Bilden, the Navy secretary nominee, withdrew for similar reasons.

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She collected almost half a million dollars in questionable payments from federally funded nuclear labs, the Energy Department's inspector general said in a 2013 report.

Most recently, Wilson was the president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Heather Wilson as the next Air Force secretary.

A 1982 graduate from the US Air Force Academy, she is the first of its products to become secretary of the Air Force. Sandia and Wilson have denied any prohibited lobbying occurred.

However, Wilson dismissed questions about these payments during her senate confirmation hearing and said she had completed the work and the inspector general had found no questionable dealings with her work. The 56-year-old Wilson, who was a House member from the state of New Mexico from 1998 to 2009, previously served on the National Security Council under President George H.W. Bush.

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