Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., says he will drop his hold on most military promotions. He has been blocking military promotions for months over his objections to an unrelated Pentagon policy that pays for service members’ travel to seek abortion care.
Tuberville told reporters in the Capitol on Tuesday that he will drop the hold on all promotions except those for four-star generals. Tuberville has been blocking promotions since February, creating a backlog that has grown to more than 450.
"We didnt get the win that we wanted, Tuberville told reporters in the Capitol on Tuesday. “We still have a bad policy, We tried to stand up for the taxpayers of this country.”
Fellow Republicans criticized his blockade, saying it damaged military readiness. Politics
Defense Department Spokesperson Brigadier General Pat Ryder told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that Tuberville’s continued hold would impact about 11 officers who are up for promotion to the level of a Four Star general.