On Wednesday, the Senate unanimously voted to rescind Christine Wormuth’s confirmation as Army secretary just hours after voting to confirm the Biden nominee. Wormuth would have become the first female Army secretary.
Fox News reports:
“As in executive session, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate vitiate the previous action on Executive Calendar 135,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.
Hours before her confirmation, Wormuth tweeted that the position is an “honor.”
“I am so honored to be confirmed as Secretary of the Army! Serving in this role is a tremendous privilege and responsibility!” she wrote on Twitter.
Wormuth led Biden’s transition team at the Pentagon. She previously served as the undersecretary of defense for policy and the senior director for defense policy at the National Security Council during the Obama administration. Her most recent role was as director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corp., a federally funded think tank.
Former Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who left the job in January, gave Wormuth a strong endorsement this month, saying she had “the temperament, strategic thinking, and relationships that will enable the Army to be successful in the next decade.”
Watch Senate Leader Chuck Schumer move to rescind the confirmation here.