The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the nomination of Eric Fanning to serve as the next Army secretary on Thursday, according to a committee release.

The nomination now heads to the full Senate, where Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has placed a hold on it over objections to the administration's plan to close Guantanamo Bay, which could at one point involve transferring Gitmo detainees to facilities in Kansas.

A spokeswoman in Roberts' office confirmed on Thursday that Roberts still has the hold in place.

Fanning's nomination has faced other problems. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., declined to hold a hearing on the nomination while Fanning served as the acting Army Secretary, saying that it violated the law.

Patrick Murphy, who was confirmed as the undersecretary of the Army late last year, is serving as the acting secretary.