WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after receiving a classified briefing on U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's failure to notify the White House or Congress of his hospitalization:

“Today’s briefing should never have been classified. The American public deserves to know details about this breakdown in command at DOD. The Pentagon finding itself blameless is irresponsibly dismissive. At a minimum, DOD must consider how to inform Congress about future gaps in command — as required by current law.”

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