President Biden on Tuesday robbed Sen. Alabama Republican Tommy Tuberville later ended a nearly 10-month hold on military nominations, arguing that the senator’s actions were “politically motivated” and “useless.”
“These confirmations are long overdue, and should never have been pursued in the first place. Our service members are the backbone of our nation and deserve to receive the pay and promotions they have earned,” Biden said in a statement. In the end, it was all for nothing.
“Senator Tuberville, and the Republicans who stand with him, needlessly hurt hundreds of service members and military families and threaten our national security – all to push a partisan agenda. I hope that no one will forget what he did,” Biden added. “Those who served this country deserve better.”
Biden welcomed the release of the nominations backlog, saying it would allow military families to make relocation plans, start new jobs and send their children to new schools.
“Our service members and military families put it all on the line for our country,” Biden said. “I thank the Senate for quickly confirming these appointments and urge them to quickly confirm the remaining appointees.”
Tuberville reached an agreement with Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) that allows all promotions of officials at the three-star level to be confirmed en bloc. The hold remains in place for those at the four-star level, available to about a dozen officers.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (DN.Y.) on Tuesday moved more than 400 nominations en bloc by unanimous consent, finally allowing service members to take on their new roles after hanging up on limbo most of the year.
Tuberville earlier this year placed a hold on all military promotions to protest the Pentagon’s post-Roe policy of paying service members to travel for abortions.
The White House for months hammered Tuberville, arguing that his obstruction undermined the readiness of the US military and affected the families of officers who earned their promotion.
Tuberville in recent weeks has come under increasing pressure from Democrats and his Republican colleagues in the Senate. Anger hit a fever pitch before the Thanksgiving break, as a group of GOP senators, led by several with military backgrounds, took to the floor twice to attack individual nominees through by unanimous consent. Tuberville blocked every request.
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