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Senate panel OKs McHugh for Army post

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WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the nomination of Rep. John M. McHugh, R-Pierrepont Manor, as secretary of the Army on Tuesday, paving the way for a likely Senate vote Thursday.


Mr. McHugh's confirmation is set for a vote by unanimous consent, a Senate leadership office reported, meaning there will be no roll call and likely little discussion or debate.


The Armed Services Committee approved the nomination on a voice vote without a formal meeting, but when a quorum of members could be gathered during Tuesday's Senate session.


The congressman breezed through his confirmation hearing in the committee last week, although the ranking Republican, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., asked pointed questions about campaign contributions tied to the PMA Group, a defunct lobbying outfit under investigation by federal authorities.


Full Senate confirmation will clear the way for Mr. McHugh to resign his congressional seat, setting in motion the process for Gov. David A. Paterson to pick a date for a special election to fill the seat.

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