Fanning suspends role as Acting Army Secretary amid confirmation delays


 | Metro Weekly | January 13, 2016

Eric Fanning (U.S. Army photo by Monica King/Released)

Eric Fanning (U.S. Army photo by Monica King/Released)

The first openly gay person to be nominated to lead a branch of the military has been forced to temporarily step down from his position amid pressure from Congress.

Eric Fanning’s nomination as Army Secretary has been in limbo since it was announced in September that he would replace Secretary John McHugh. Fanning took over as Acting Secretary in November, but his nomination has languished since, thanks to Republican members of the Senate.

Members of the Armed Services Committee “expressed ‘some concerns’ about Fanning being slotted into the acting position,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement, Defense News reports. The committee is responsible for holding a confirmation hearing prior to Fanning’s nomination being voted on by the Senate, but that hearing has thus far failed to take place.

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