Today: May 24, 2024
Today: May 24, 2024

US Senate panel advances measure to ease blockade on military promotions

Share This
LA Post: US Senate panel advances measure to ease blockade on military promotions
November 14, 2023
Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Rules Committee voted along party lines on Tuesday to advance legislation that would clear the way for hundreds of military promotions that one Republican has been delaying to protest Defense Department abortion policy.

The panel voted 9-7 to send the resolution for a vote in the full Senate. Although Democrats control a 51-seat majority in the 100-member chamber, it was not certain the rule would go into effect because Senate rules require that it receive 60 votes to move ahead.

Senate Democrats wrote the legislation in response to Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville's refusal since February to allow quick approval of most promotion of generals, admirals and other high-level military officials to protest the Pentagon's policy of covering abortion travel costs for service members and dependents.

The resolution would temporarily sidestep Tuberville's holds by allowing the Senate to consider multiple promotions simultaneously if they have already been approved by the Armed Services Committee.

Under Senate rules, one lawmaker can hold up nominations even if the other 99 all want them to move quickly. Tuberville's blockade has faced opposition from some Republicans as well as Democrats, who say he should make his point on a policy matter by targeting nominees involved with policy, not punishing military members who have earned promotion.

Last summer, Tuberville's campaign left the Marine Corps without a commandant for the first time in more than 100 years. In his most recent blockade, the senator last week objected to the promotions of 364 officers.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

Popular

Singapore says investigators have data for flight hit by turbulence

Singapore investigators examining flight SQ321 that was hit by severe turbulence have obtained data from the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder, Singapore Transport

Singapore says investigators have data for flight hit by turbulence

Kabosu, the face of cryptocurrency Dogecoin, dies at 18, owner says

Kabosu, the Japanese dog that became a global meme and the face of alternative cryptocurrency Dogecoin has died at 18, her owner announced in a blog post on Friday.

Kabosu, the face of cryptocurrency Dogecoin, dies at 18, owner says

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who skewered fast food industry, dies at 53

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, an Oscar nominee whose most famous works skewered America’s food industry and who notably ate only at McDonald’s for a month to illustrate the dangers of a fast-food diet, has died of cancer

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who skewered fast food industry, dies at 53

New lawsuit accuses Sean 'Diddy' Combs of sexually abusing college student in the 1990s

A woman who says Sean “Diddy” Combs subjected her to violence and abuse over several years in the 1990s has filed a lawsuit in New York accusing the rapper of sexual assault, battery and gender-motivated violence

New lawsuit accuses Sean 'Diddy' Combs of sexually abusing college student in the 1990s

Related

Young missionary couple from US among 3 killed by gunmen in Haiti's capital, police say

Young missionary couple from US among 3 killed by gunmen in Haiti's capital, police say

US announces $275M in new military assistance for Ukraine

US announces $275M in new military assistance for Ukraine

Ex-CIA officer accused of spying for China expected to plead guilty in a Honolulu courtroom

Ex-CIA officer accused of spying for China expected to plead guilty in a Honolulu courtroom

Efforts to draft a pandemic treaty falter as countries disagree on how to respond to next emergency

Efforts to draft a pandemic treaty falter as countries disagree on how to respond to next emergency
- Advertisement -
Advertisement: Limited Time Offer