Senate confirms more than 400 military promotions after Tuberville ends blockade
They were confirmed by unanimous consent.
The Senate on Tuesday approved more than 400 promotions for senior military officers after Sen. Tommy Tuberville dropped his blockade of the nominations, breaking an unprecedented months-long impasse that has roiled the ranks.
Majority Leader Chuck Schumer moved to quickly confirm the long list of promotions just hours after Tuberville backed off his hold of nominees for three-star posts and below. He maintains his hold on the dozen officers up for four-star positions.
The Senate confirmed the nominees by unanimous consent.
“Hundreds — hundreds — of military families across the country can breathe a sigh of relief,” Schumer said following the vote.
The New York Democrat also dinged Tuberville, calling his blockade a “pointless and gravely damaging ordeal” that should never have happened.
“Let this incident be a warning: No one — no one — should attempt this in the Senate again,” Schumer said.
Tuberville dropped most of his months-long holds earlier on Tuesday, backing down from his vow to block them until the Pentagon changes an internal abortion travel policy.
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