Tuberville’s Turnabout: From Stubbornville to Approvalville, Military Holds Lifted


FILE - Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, talks to reporters as he and other senators arrive at the chamber for votes, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023. Tuberville announced on Tuesday, Dec. 5, that he’s ending his blockade of hundreds of military promotions, following heavy criticism from many of his colleagues in the Senate and clearing the way for hundreds to be approved. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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Many are saying it’s about time. Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville of Alabama has finally lifted the hold on the confirmation of hundreds of military promotions. The actions, announced Tuesday, allowed the Senate to rapidly confirm military nominations by voice.

This saga has been going on for 10 months now. The Alabama Senator, in protest against a Defense Department reproductive rights policy, stalled nearly 450 military nominees and was facing growing backlash from both sides of the aisle.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer described Tuberville’s hold as damaging to military readiness and because military promotions were on hold, it was causing financial issues and impacting military families.

Tuberville acknowledged the pressure but said he had no choice, claiming that he actually helped to bolster national security. He did, however, keep his hold on fewer than a dozen four-star promotions.

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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