Senate Approves Military Promotions Despite Tuberville Blockade

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    The Facts

    • On Thursday, the Senate approved Pres. Biden's nominees Adm. Lisa Franchetti and Gen. David Allvin, by a 95-1 vote, as leaders of the Navy and the Air Force respectively. Additionally, the Senate voted 86-0 to confirm Lt. Gen. Christopher Mahoney as the Marine Corps' No. 2 officer.

    • These confirmations were voted on individually so as to bypass Sen. Tommy Tuberville's (R-Ala.) hold on senior military promotions, which has been ongoing due to his objection to a Department of Defense policy for servicewomen seeking abortions.

    The Spin

    Establishment-critical narrative

    Tuberville has boldly exposed the hypocrisy of the American political establishment, which has rightfully condemned the appalling murder of infants in Israel but unjustly supported the illegal use of taxpayer funds to get rid of unwanted pregnancies. Now, both sides of the aisle have come together to blame him for stalling military nominations when all he is doing is being a righteous citizen seeking to ensure compliance with federal laws.

    Pro-establishment narrative

    Whether you agree or not with the Pentagon policy that covers travel costs for abortions for service members and their dependents, it's a matter of fact that Tuberville's hold on military nominations has unreasonably used troops and their families as political pawns while undermining national security. Republicans and Democrats mustn't allow a single senator to punish the armed forces whenever they have a policy disagreement.

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