Sen­ate Democ­rats seek loop­hole around Tuberville’s mil­i­tary pro­mo­tions block­ade

Sen­ate Democ­rats are prepar­ing to send a res­o­lu­tion to the Rules Com­mit­tee that could poten­tial­ly get around Sen. Tom­my Tuberville’s (R‑AL) month­s­long block­ade of mil­i­tary pro­mo­tions.
The res­o­lu­tion, report­ed on by Punch­bowl News, is being led by Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee Chair­man Jack Reed (D‑RI) and Sen. Kyrsten Sine­ma (I‑AZ). The group has start­ed reach­ing out to Repub­li­cans to see if any would be inter­est­ed in sign­ing on.
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Sources described the pro­pos­al as a stand­ing order res­o­lu­tion, which would allow sen­a­tors to change pro­ce­dure tem­porar­i­ly, with­out mak­ing a per­ma­nent rule change and could allow most of the 300-plus stalled pro­mo­tions to be con­sid­ered on the floor in large batch­es, reduc­ing the num­ber of votes the Sen­ate would be required to hold. Major pro­mo­tions of mil­i­tary lead­ers like Joint Chiefs of Staff would still require indi­vid­ual votes.
Tuberville has blocked the Sen­ate’s nor­mal way of con­firm­ing mil­i­tary pro­mo­tions and con­fir­ma­tions for more than six months. He is protest­ing the depart­men­t’s deci­sion to reim­burse the trav­el expens­es incurred when a ser­vice mem­ber or depen­dent has to trav­el out of state for a non­cov­ered repro­duc­tive h …