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Lawmakers want investigation into impact of senator’s military holds

February 2, 2024

Leo Shane III

Military Times

Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., talks to reporters at the Capitol on May 16, 2023. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By Leo Shane III, Military Times / February 2, 2024

A pair of congressional Democrats want the Government Accountability Office to determine how much damage was done by the 10-month blockade of military promotions stemming from Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s protest over the Defense Department’s abortion access policy.

In a letter to the office sent Friday, Reps. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and Robert Garcia, D-Calif., said the investigation is needed so lawmakers can prepare for the “damaging ripple effect on the careers of service members at all levels” that resulted from the holds.

“While Senator Tuberville’s holds directly affected hundreds of senior military officials, junior officers indirectly lost the opportunity to rise in rank and gain experience,” the pair wrote. “Such career stagnation radiates massive effects on factors such as service member retention, pay, pension, and future opportunities.”

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