Alabama senator blocking military promotions over abortion policy says he’ll ‘work it out’

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) says delaying nominations, including dozens of three- and four-star promotions, could pose national security risk

By: - March 29, 2023 1:54 pm

A Republican senator’s protest of a new Defense Department policy that grants service members leave and travel allowances for “non-covered reproductive health care,” including abortion procedures, is delaying military promotions. (Getty photo)

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tommy Tuberville insisted he will smooth things over with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after the top Pentagon official said Tuesday that the Alabama senator’s continued hold on 160 defense nominees will affect U.S. military readiness.

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Ashley Murray
Ashley Murray

Ashley Murray covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include domestic policy and appropriations.