U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) is rejecting claims that he caved to the Democrats by dropping the vast majority of his military holds in protest of the DOD's abortion policy it revised early this year.
After months of backlash and rhetoric criticizing his holds, Tuberville announced that he would be releasing his holds on hundreds of military appointees, except just over 10 four-star generals, which he wants to be approved individually instead of in one large block.
The following onslaught of media coverage lambasted Tuberville for caving to Senate Democrats and those in the GOP who were critical of the holds.
On Wednesday, Tuberville stated that dropping the holds was not him caving to Senate Democrats. Instead, he claimed the effort exposed the Biden administration's lack of willingness to negotiate.
"I didn't cave to anybody," Tuberville said. "I've been thinking all along about the promotions. The problem is, you know, you'd think [that] if you put a hold on a group of people – unfortunately, it was our military upper echelon – that you would get some kind of response out of this corrupt administration, the Biden administration. Chuck Schumer would sit down and negotiate, get it worked out in a short period of time. Never had one minute of negotiation. They can't stand the military. They don't care whether the military is protecting the country or not. As a matter of fact, they're trying to make it as woke as they possibly can. They could care less."
Tuberville accused Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) of nixing GOP plans to remove the DOD's abortion policy in the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Despite the setback, Tuberville also said he would pursue other avenues to fight against the policy, previously saying that a federal lawsuit challenging the rule is in the works.
"I'm going to continue to fight [against] this illegal abortion policy," Tuberville continued. "To get it out and get the policy back that we had. I didn't lose here. They changed the rules. I could have got it changed in the military budget this month. We had it in the military budget. Schumer took it out, which he wasn't supposed to do. He changed the rules. Elections have consequences, and folks, the election that we had three years ago in 2020, we've had huge consequences."
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