Rep. Calvert Statement on Acting Secretary Pat Shanahan

June 18, 2019
Press Release

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42), the top Republican on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding the withdrawal of Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan's nomination, and the appointment of Mark Esper, Secretary of the Army, as Acting Secretary of Defense:

“I truly appreciate the leadership of Acting Secretary Shanahan at the Department of Defense and thank him for advancing our national security goals. I believe Mark Esper has done a tremendous job as Secretary of the Army and have every confidence in his ability to serve as Acting Secretary of Defense. It’s critical that the Department of Defense be led by a permanent and confirmed Secretary of Defense. The proper management of our military requires a stable, clear, and consistent chain-of-command.”