Senate Democrats plan to bypass Sen. Tuberville’s pro-life blockade on military promotions

Senate Democrats plan to bypass Sen. Tuberville’s pro-life blockade on military promotions

Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, has signaled her full support for the resolution.

“Enough is enough,” Klobuchar said in an X post on Tuesday. “Right now, Sen. Tuberville is holding our military chain of command hostage.”

Klobuchar said that Reed’s proposal “will allow us to finally move forward and fill critical positions.”

Reed’s resolution would allow the Senate to confirm multiple senior military promotions all at once in a single vote rather than by individual votes as they are normally done. The rule change would be temporary, only lasting for the remainder of the current congressional session. Nominees to the Defense Department’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and commanders of combatant commands would not be included in the rule change.

If passed by the Rules Committee, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, has already said that he will bring the resolution to a vote. Though Democrats hold a majority in the Senate, the resolution must reach a minimum threshold of 60 votes to be passed. This means nine Republicans would need to vote in favor of Reed’s resolution.

Since Tuberville began his blockade in February, Democrats have been highly critical of him and have accused him of endangering U.S. military readiness. More recently, at least six Senate Republicans — Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Indiana Sen. Todd Young, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — have joined Democrats in publicly opposing Tuberville’s block.

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