GOP Senator Blasted For Military Promotion Blockade

( – Last week, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy blasted Alabama Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville, accusing him of being willing to “burn the military down” by blocking the Senate from approving hundreds of military promotions through unanimous consent, The Hill reported.

For months now, Senator Tuberville has been preventing the Senate from confirming military promotions through unanimous consent in protest over the Defense Department’s policy to pay for US service members to travel out of state for an abortion.

In February, the Defense Department enacted a policy to offer leave to female service members traveling out of state to obtain an abortion that would also reimburse their travel expenses, effectively using taxpayer money to fund abortions.

In April, Tuberville blocked an effort by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to move 184 promotions forward through unanimous consent.

Since only one Senator is required to block unanimous consent, Tuberville has used that right to object to keep promotions in limbo, prompting fury from both Senate Democrats and the White House.

After a pro forma session last Tuesday, Senator Murphy told reporters that he hopes his Republican colleagues will work with Democrats to come up with a “creative solution” to bypass Tuberville when the Senate returns from its August recess.

Murphy said while everyone had hoped that Tuberville “would back down” from his 5-month blockade, now senators should accept that this won’t happen and Tuberville “is prepared to burn the military down.”

Senate Republicans failed to arrive at a deal with Tuberville before the August recess. Meanwhile, nearly 300 military promotions remain on hold, including Biden’s nominee to replace Gen. Mark Milley as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force Gen. Charles Brown.

Senator Muphy urged his Republican colleagues to agree to a “very targeted, temporary change in process” that would allow the Senate to approve a batch of military promotions. However, Murphy said he has not discussed such a temporary change with the Senate Democrats.

While the promotions could be approved through individual votes from the full Senate, Murphy dismissed the idea as “logistically impossible,” arguing that it would take up too much of the Senate’s time.

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