Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images
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Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) refuses to surrender in his fight to rid the U.S. military of its woke encumbrances, especially its payments for abortion excursions, stressing that "the more Joe Biden attacks me, the more I'm convinced that I'm doing the right thing."
Democrats, the White House, and some Senate Republicans — Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in particular — continue to rage impotently against the Alabama Republican's use of senatorial privileges to block every personnel move in the U.S. military requiring a confirmation. Tuberville is doing so in protest of the left's efforts to turn "the military from the world's greatest killing machine to just another outfit for liberal social engineering."
The latest effort to surmount the challenge posed by Tuberville came Wednesday in the form of a call for a vote by unanimous consent that the Senate confirm nominations en bloc, advanced once again by Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, reported the Washington Examiner.
"For 230 years, nobody in this chamber has done what the senator from Alabama is doing: put a hold on the military promotions that people in uniform, the flag officers of our Department of Defense, that ordinarily come through here in a customary way to get approved by the Senate, for obvious reasons, because we need them, they're here there for our national security, they have sacrificed their entire adult lives," said Bennet.
When Bennet tried this same tactic and line of argument in March, Tuberville similarly objected, noting that contrary to the Colorado Democrat's suggestion, his hold was not unprecedented.
"In fact, there is very recent precedent. Just a couple of years ago, the junior senator from Illinois, a Democrat, held more than 1,000 military nominations. The reason she held them was over one single officer she wanted promoted," said Tuberville. "My colleague from Colorado threatened to do the same thing just a few weeks ago."
Tuberville then referenced a Jan. 24 article in DefenseNews detailing how Bennet threatened to delay six Pentagon nominees "because Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin refuses to meet with him over the Trump administration's decision to move U.S. Space Command from its current location in Colorado Springs to Huntsville, Alabama."
Having underscored that this is a game Democrats have been more than willing to play, he reiterated that his protest is critical: "Secretary Austin seems to think he can make a change in the law without going through Congress. It would irresponsible for the U.S. Senate to allow an administration to walk all over the legislative branch. Secretary Austin cannot change the law by memo. Congress cannot be replaced by a post on the Department of Defense website."
TheBlaze reported this week that extra to using taxpayer dollars to pay for service members' abortion excursions, in violation of the Hyde Amendment according to Tuberville, a recently publicized Pentagon memo revealed the military is paying for a myriad of mutilating sex-change procedures while also permitting transvestites to dodge deployments and sit on the sidelines.
In response to Bennet's latest ahistorical claim, Tuberville once again hit back, saying, "Senator Bennet, President Biden, and Secretary Austin need to realize this: I am not alone. Our team is building and growing."
Tuberville referenced House Republicans' successful passage of amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act that would disentangle the U.S. military from pro-abortion and other woke initiatives.
Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson (Texas) saw his amendment, which had over 70 cosponsors, pass in a 221-213 vote. Two Republicans voted against the amendment, and one Democrat, Rep. Henry Cuellar (Texas), voted in favor.
Extra to axing abortion funding, House Republicans also passed an amendment to end the military's sex-change mutilation program in a 221-211 vote.
In his Wednesday remarks, Tuberville highlighted how "the Pentagon's new abortion policy ... is a taxpayer-funded abortion that nobody, and I mean nobody, in the House or here voted for," adding, "We are here to make the law. Not the Pentagon."
Although he recognized that Congress conferred upon the Pentagon the ability to conduct abortions in the cases of rape, incest, or to protect the health of the mother as of 1984, Tuberville noted that there are no such restrictions on this new policy, which has been put into effect by undemocratic means.
Despite the hostility directed his way over his support of life and the democratic process, Tuberville appears unfazed.
"Democrats' media machine is throwing the kitchen sink at this hole. Doesn't bother me," said Tuberville. "I've been called everything anyway. It just makes me that much stronger to hear people complain about this, knowing, deep down, somewhere there's a soft part in their heart for four to five thousand unborn babies that will never breathe life on this earth. So the more Joe Biden attacks me, the more I'm convinced that I'm doing the right thing."
The New York Post reported that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer offered Wednesday to hold a vote on an amendment that would scrap the Pentagon's abortion excursion policy.
Tuberville's office indicated that the amendment vote would likely have to be attached to the must-pass NDAA, which the Senate appears desperate to pass before the August recess.
Tuberville Blocks Twelfth Attempt to Break Hold of DoD Nominees, DoD Fails to Provide Answersyoutu.be
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.