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Martin Dempsey Confirmed By Senate For Second Term As Joint Chiefs Chairman

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USJoint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies at a Senate Budget Committee hearing on 'The President's FY2014 Defense Budget Request,' on June 12, 2013 on Capitol Hill In Washington, DC. Topics of discussion included the impact of sequestration and sexual assaults in the military. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty

WASHINGTON -- The Senate has approved the nomination of Army Gen. Martin Dempsey for another two-year term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Senate voice vote on Thursday came as lawmakers prepared to leave Washington for the August summer recess. They also approved the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Adm. James Winnefeld.

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona had threatened to block Dempsey's nomination until he received additional information on Syria. Dempsey responded to the request, clearing the way for a vote.

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