In the next few months, the U.S. Senate could spend 689 hours confirming military appointees — one by one. That process began on Wednesday when the Senate confirmed three top-brass military promotions, including the promotion of Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a job he will be taking on in just 10 days, replacing Gen. Mark Milley. (READ MORE: Joint Force Quarterly Enters Wokeland)
Usually, the Senate could confirm the promotions en masse, but for the last seven months, Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ark.) has steadfastly blocked such a move, announcing in February that he would not allow the military promotions to take place until the Pentagon discontinued its use of taxpayers dollars to fund abortions for female service members — an action Tuberville has repeatedly called “illegal.”
Tuberville has received considerable heat from Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and the Department of Defense, who have accused him of compromising U.S. “military readiness” by blocking key promotions. Tuberville’s response is that the Senate can certainly confirm military promotions — they just can’t do it all at once. (INTERVIEW: Speaker Gingrich Reveals America’s Current Crisis)
.@SenTuberville addresses Schumer folding on military promotions: “My hold is still in place. The hold will remain in place as long as the Pentagon’s illegal abortion policy remains in place. If the Pentagon lifts the policy, then I will lift my hold. It’s as easy as that.” pic.twitter.com/PorzPFztXU
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) September 20, 2023
The Arkansas senator clarified on Wednesday that his block isn’t over and that he won’t lift it until the Pentagon agrees to stop paying for service members’ abortions.