Senators from both sides are apoplectic at Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., and his blockade of more than 400 routine military promotions. Tuberville is blocking the promotions in protest of the military’s abortion policy.
Democrats run the Senate. But they did little to break the impasse. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., never scheduled a few extra days here and there to confirm some of the most important nominees quickly. Democrats frankly relished the politics of the deadlock, pointing to Tuberville as an obstructionist who put the nation’s national security at risk and undercut the military’s esprit de corps.
Meantime, some Republicans are fuming at the lengths Tuberville is willing to go to block these promotions.
The Senate confirmed three key military promotions Thursday. But there are still more than 400 promotions twisting in the wind.
So, this process probably chews up nine days of Senate time (including the weekend). But it does confirm the promotions of the nominees. And despite the time, this is all relatively quick compared to the lengthy process of doing each nominee one-by-one.
Moreover, Tuberville cannot block this gambit. He can delay it by forcing the Senate to jump through three hoops of cloture to break a filibuster. But if the Senate has a determined supermajority, this can overcome Tuberville’s holds and confirm these promotions.
Chad Pergram currently serves as a senior congressional correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in September 2007 and is based out of Washington, D.C.