(The Hill) – Senator Tommy Tuberville (R, Alabama) calls for recognition of more than 300 senior military officers in protest against Pentagon’s new abortion policy, so three servicemen have the Senate for the first time in history. There will be no approved heads.
Admiral Mike Gilday, chief of naval operations, resigned Monday, leaving him acting chief of the Navy, Army and Marine Corps.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Monday condemned the five-month suspension with no prospect of a resolution.
“This total suspension means, for the first time in the history of the Department of Defense, that three services in our country operate without a Senate-approved leader,” Austin said at his retirement ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. there are,” he said. This is unprecedented, unnecessary and unsafe. And this overwhelming dominance undermines America’s military readiness. ”
President Biden named Admiral Lisa Franchetti as the first female naval leader. Instead she will take over in her acting position.
The policy that Tuberville is protesting allows paid leave and travel reimbursement for military personnel seeking abortions, which violates the Hyde Amendment barring the use of federal funds for abortions, Tuber said. Bill claims.
Austin argued that the U.S. military “deserved a better deal” and that the lockdown on military promotions has prevented the military from retaining “very good” officers and has left too many American families “disorganized.” I am letting you,” he said.
“A smooth and rapid transition of confirmed leadership is central to the maximum strengthening of America’s defenses and the most lethal combat force in history,” Austin said. “And it’s time for the Senate to approve all the best military candidates, including the 33rd Chief of Naval Operations.”
Mr. Tuberville’s office on Monday pushed back on Mr. Lloyd’s remarks, saying the senator’s suspension was “precedented, necessary and does not affect preparations.” A spokesman for Mr. Tuberville pointed to past blocs in military promotions and claimed the senators were following “a bipartisan precedent.”
“Unless held accountable, the Biden administration will continue to violate the law and use our tax dollars to further its far-left policies, which is why this special position stands,” Mr. Tuberville’s office said in a statement. I need it,” he said.
Mr. Tuberville’s office noted that the military was ready and claimed that there was no job “unfilled” in the hold.
“Contrary to some misinformation, the coach [Tuberville] It’s not preventing people from voting, it’s forcing people to vote. Chuck Schumer may approve a new Marine Commander within three hours,” the statement continued.
Several Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, Kentucky), said they did not support Mr. Tuberville’s claims, but reached an agreement with him before the August recess. could not reach.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said it was “up to Republican leadership” to remove Mr. Tuberville from the hold.
https://www.wkrg.com/national/three-military-services-now-without-senate-confirmed-heads-for-first-time-in-history/ Be the first person in history to serve in the military without being decapitated by the Senate.