WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Republican Congressman John McHugh to be Secretary of the Army, paving the way for him to join the top ranks of President Barack Obama's Democratic administration.
McHugh, 60, the senior Republican on the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, has been critical of some Obama policies, including proposals to wring savings out of the Pentagon budget.
The New York lawmaker will join Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a holdover from the Bush administration, and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former congressman, as another Republican in Obama's administration.
McHugh will join the administration's military team as Obama considers whether to send more U.S. forces to Afghanistan and measures to improve Pakistan's counterinsurgency efforts.
(Writing by JoAnne Allen; Editing by Paul Simao)