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Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Senate panel backs Casey as Army chief of staff, McCain votes no
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday voted to approve the nomination of Gen. George Casey to be Army chief of staff.

The vote was 14 to 3.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who had been critical of Casey's judgment as the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, was among the three who voted no.

The other no votes were cast by Sens. John Ensign of Nevada and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia -- both Republicans.

The nomination of Adm. William Fallon to be the new head of Central Command was approved by 16-0 vote.

The record will be kept open for others on the committee who weren't at the hearing to cast votes.

The nominations now go to the full Senate.
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