Despite not having the support of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) continues to hold up roughly 184 military promotions in a principled stand against the U.S. Defense Department funding abortions for service members.

On Wednesday, McConnell publically condemned Tuberville's tactics.

"I don't support putting a hold on military nominations, I don't support that," McConnell said, according to The Hill.

When asked what it might take to resolve the issue, he said, "You'll have to ask Sen. Tuberville about that."

In a letter sent to Senate leaders last week, several former defense secretaries warned the promotion hold was "harming military readiness and risks damaging U.S. national security." Current Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin called the hold "irresponsible" and "unprecedented."

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Still, several GOP members and former military leaders have supported Tuberville, who does not appear to be backing down anytime soon.

"Democrats haven't explained how abortion makes our military stronger or safer," Tuberville wrote in a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. "The only war they are focused on winning is the culture war."

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