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Top Marine still in hospital as Senate scrambles to confirm No. 2 post

Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., is working 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.

Tuberville’s effort comes after Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Eric M. Smith was hospitalized Sunday, the Marines Corps announced in a press release, with USNI News reporting that the “medical emergency” the top officer suffered was a heart attack.

Smith had been essentially working the job of both the commandant and the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps amid stalled efforts in the Senate to confirm Lt. Gen. Christopher Mahoney to the Marines No. 2 role, USNI reported, with Tuberville forcing a hold on unanimous consent votes for Sente military confirmations over a Pentagon policy that reimburses service members who obtain out-of-state abortions.

“Coach remains confident in General Heckl in the meantime, but in order to allay any concerns, he has forced this vote on General Mahoney and he reserves the right to force additional votes in the future,” Tuberville’s office said.

According to a Military.com report, Smith remained hospitalized Tuesday and the Marines have so far not provided any updates on his status.

USMC Commandant Gen. Eric Smith

Marine Gen. Eric Smith (Marines.mil)

Reached for comment by Fox News Digital, Maj. Jim Stenger, the head spokesperson for Marine Corps headquarters, declined to offer details on Smith’s status or confirm reports that the top general suffered a heart attack.

“Out of respect for the family’s wishes to remain private, we will not be releasing more information at this time,” Stenger said in a statement. “The Commandant and his family remain in our thoughts and we hope for a quick recovery.”

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