Senator Ted Cruz became the latest Republican to criticize his colleague from Alabama over Mr. Tuberville’s ongoing refusal to allow for voice approvals of military promotions to pass in the Senate, telling radio host Hugh Hewitt that America’s military readiness was suffering as a result of key positions going unfilled.
Mr. Cruz’s break from his colleague is significant . . . It’s a sign of just how few allies remain with Mr.Tuberville as his hold has stretched for months. . .
Mr. Tuberville and other Republicans are staunchly opposed to a policy enacted by the Biden administration allowing service members to be reimbursed for travel expenses if they need to leave their state to access abortion services. Implemented after the Dobbs decision in 2022 ended federal protections for abortion rights, Republicans argue that the policy violates the Hyde Amendment, which restricts the federal government from using funds for abortion services except in a few specific cases.
For months, the Republican from Alabama has refused to allow military promotions to be approved by voice in the Senate in retaliation. Technically, the promotions could still be approved by the full chamber in a roll call vote, but such a process is timely. Democrats who control the chamber also oppose the idea of setting a precedent by giving in to a member’s demands in such a fashion. (Read more from “Ted Cruz Predictably Turns on Senator Tuberville’s Principled Stand Against the Pentagon’s Disgusting (and Illegal) Pro-Abortion Policies” HERE)
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