Senator Tuberville lifts blockade on some US military promotions By Reuters

Senator Tuberville lifts blockade on some US military promotions By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) speaks with reporters on the way to the Senate floor for a procedural vote regarding top military appointees at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., September 20, 2023. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville, who has blocked hundreds of military promotions for months to protest the Pentagon’s payment of abortion-related travel costs, said on Tuesday he would lift his hold on some of them.

Tuberville’s actions have affected some 400 officers and their families, as well as lower-level officers in the military. Pentagon leaders have said the holds threatened national security.

“I’ve still got a hold on, I think, 11 four-star generals. Everybody else is completely released by me,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

“It was pretty much a draw. They didn’t get what they wanted. We didn’t get what we wanted,” he said.

Republican Tuberville, a social conservative from Alabama, began blocking confirmations to senior Pentagon posts in March to protest a Pentagon policy enacted last year that provides paid leave and reimburses costs for service members who travel to get an abortion.

Democrats have said Tuberville should show his objection on a policy matter by targeting Biden nominees involved with policy.

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