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Republican congressman says Tuberville’s maintain on navy nominations is ‘paralyzing’ and a ‘nationwide safety drawback’ | CNN Politics

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Home International Affairs Chairman Mike McCaul, a Republican, advised CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that GOP Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s maintain on navy nominations is “paralyzing” and a “nationwide safety drawback.”

“The concept that one man within the Senate can maintain this up for months … is paralyzing the Division of Protection,” McCaul stated on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“I feel that could be a nationwide safety drawback and a nationwide safety subject,” the Texas congressman stated.

Tuberville, of Alabama, has delayed the confirmations of greater than 300 prime navy nominees over his opposition to the Pentagon’s coverage of reimbursing service members and their households who must journey to obtain abortion care. Tuberville says the Pentagon’s reproductive well being insurance policies violate the legislation, however Pentagon officers have pointed to a Justice Division memo that claims the insurance policies are lawful.

A spokesperson for Tuberville stated McCaul’s view “simply isn’t correct.”

“Nobody can cease (Senate Majority Chief) Chuck Schumer from holding votes on these nominations. He simply doesn’t need to,” spokesperson Steven Stafford wrote in an e-mail to CNN. “It’s additionally inaccurate as a result of appearing officers are in all of those roles. In some circumstances these appearing officers are the nominees for everlasting roles. No jobs are open or going undone proper now.”

One senator can maintain up nominations or laws within the chamber, and Tuberville’s stance has left three navy providers to function with out a Senate-confirmed chief for the primary time in historical past.

It’s potential to substantiate every nominee one after the other, however Senate Democrats have argued that will take up worthwhile ground time – regardless of a five-week recess in August.

McCaul stated on Sunday that he needs Tuberville would rethink his stance and that the Republican Social gathering is engaged on the abortion journey coverage subject by the Nationwide Protection Authorization Act.

“However to carry up the highest brass from being promoted … I feel is paralyzing our Division of Protection,” he stated.

The maintain on promotions, which started in March, has been a rising supply of public scrutiny. The three US navy service secretaries advised CNN final week that Tuberville’s blockage is aiding communist and autocratic regimes, and is getting used in opposition to the US by adversaries akin to China.

In July, active-duty navy spouses hand-delivered a petition to Schumer, Minority Chief Mitch McConnell and Tuberville signed by a whole bunch of navy members of the family who had been “deeply involved and personally impacted by Senator Tuberville blocking affirmation of senior navy leaders.”

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley advised CNN’s Tapper on Sunday that if elected president, she would put an finish to the reimbursement coverage for journey for abortion care. Haley, whose husband is within the South Carolina Military Nationwide Guard, stated navy households shouldn’t be used as political pawns.

“I’m not saying that Sen. Tuberville is true in doing this, as a result of I don’t need to use them as pawns. However for those who love our navy and are so adamant about it, then go and make Congress, Republicans and Democrats, must undergo individual by individual,” the previous South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador stated.

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