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Republicans blast GOP Sen Tuberville over objection to military promotions

A handful of Senate Republicans railed against Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., Wednesday night after the former football coach rejected dozens of military nominations in protest over the Pentagon’s abortion policy.

The group of GOP senators brought the promotions – a small batch of some 350 nominees still in limbo – to the floor for unanimous consent. 

But Tuberville objected to each one – despite a recent effort to force a vote to approve the Marine Corps’ No. 2 leader after the service’s top officer was hospitalized after a reported heart attack – due to the Department of Defense’s controversial abortion policy that pays for some service members’ abortion procedure expenses. 

“This is about the rule of law,” Tuberville said on the floor. “That’s what we’re about in here. It’s about the integrity of our military. It’s about keeping politics out of military. I did not put it in the military, Joe Biden and Secretary Austin put politics in the military, and it’s about the right to life.”

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., threw his support Wednesday behind a Democrat-led proposal to change the chamber rules to funnel most military promotions through without a vote. Nine Republicans would have to vote with Democrats to make up the 60 votes needed to get the initiative across the finish line. 

Jamie Joseph is a writer who covers politics. She leads Fox News Digital coverage of the Senate. 

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