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Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement after meeting with Secretary of Defense Nominee General James Mattis:

"General James Mattis is a revered Marine, among the most dedicated and patriotic of his generation. Over the last eight years, our military capabilities have declined rapidly as our Armed Forces endured massive budget cuts. Under General Mattis, I'm confident a new era is upon us. His concern is for the lethality and the safety of our military forces, who risk their lives on our behalf. I share these concerns, and believe General Mattis is the right person for the job. I look forward to supporting his nomination."