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Growing feud over Tuberville’s stand on Pentagon nominations risks Senate confirmation of nation’s top military officer

The ongoing feud between Democrats and Senator Tommy Tuberville, an Alabama Republican, regarding his blockage of approximately 300 military nominees is potentially jeopardizing the confirmation of the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

General C.Q. Brown, nominated for the role of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, needs to be confirmed before the current chairman, General Mark Milley, concludes his term on October 1.

However, senators from both parties are now indicating that this crucial appointment may become entangled in the broader dispute. Democrats are considering using Brown’s nomination as leverage to pressure Tuberville into relenting, while Tuberville insists that he will not back down unless the Pentagon eliminates a policy related to abortion that he believes is illegal.

Tuberville has maintained that Democratic attempts to use Brown’s nomination as a bargaining chip will not be successful.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has refused to bring individual Pentagon nominations to the Senate floor. He argues that such nominations have traditionally been swiftly confirmed by voice votes, and he contends that yielding to Tuberville’s demands would set an adverse precedent. Democrats also argue that scheduling separate votes for non-controversial nominations could consume valuable floor time, as the Senate would need to conduct time-consuming procedural votes to overcome holds on each nomination.

Democrats believe that it is the responsibility of Senate Republicans to persuade Tuberville to change his stance on the nominations.

Senator Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat and chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, expressed the view that Republicans should resolve this issue internally. When asked if major Pentagon promotions, including Brown’s nomination, should be considered individually, he indicated that it was a matter for Republicans to address.

Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, suggested that Democrats may postpone the Brown nomination, emphasizing the significance of various positions within the military hierarchy. The fate of these nominations remains uncertain as the feud continues to unfold.

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