Senate Republicans Are Violating Their Oaths of Office By Protecting Tommy Tuberville
Sen. Tommy Tuberville is weakening American national security with his hold on military promotions, but Senate Republicans refuse to do their sworn duty.
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A Night Of Republican Rage At Tommy Tuberville
For more than four hours, a group of Senate Republicans took to the Senate floor to rage at Sen. Tommy Tuberville over his blockade of military promotions due to a policy of paying for the travel of members of the armed forces who reproductive healthcare, but are stationed in a state where it is banned.
The Senate Republicans included Sens. Lindsey Graham (SC), Dan Sullivan (AK), Joni Ernst (IA), and Mitt Romney (UT). The Senators tried to get unanimous consent on the floor for 61 military promotions, but Tuberville stayed on the floor the entire time and objected to each one.
You can watch the whole thing below:
As Tuberville continued to object, Sullivan said at one point that Tuberville was on a “national security suicide mission.”
Three hours in and dozens of objections later, Sullivan lost it: “Xi Jinping is loving this. So is Putin. How dumb can we be, man?”
Just past 10 p.m., Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), an Army combat veteran who co-led the floor effort, insinuated that Tuberville isn’t a man of his word.
“We have done the best we can to honor the request of a fellow senator that these nominations be brought to the floor and voted on individually,” she said. “I really respect men of their word. I do not respect men who do not honor their word.”
The situation had been brewing for months. Republican anger has been growing at Tuberville over his refusal to remove the holds.
However, the Senate Republican anger rings hollow, because if they are so angry, why hasn’t anything been done?
The answer explains why so many Americans are frustrated with the Senate.
Democrats Have A Tommy Tuberville Solution, But Republicans Refuse To Support It
The Senate unlike the House does not operate by straight majority rule. The concept is that the Senate is intended to be more deliberative and the body of compromise. It has empowered individual senators to avoid trampling the rights of members in the minority.
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