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Tuberville's Hold on Military Promotions Would Take Hundreds of Hours to Process Individually, Memo Says

September 12, 2023

Natasha Bertrand


US Senator Tommy Tuberville looks on during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 12, 2023.

By Natasha Bertrand, CNN / September 12, 2023

It would take the Senate approximately 700 hours of floor time to individually process and vote on hundreds of military officers whose promotions are being blocked by Alabama Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville, the Congressional Research Service concluded in a memo released on Tuesday.

The number of pending nominations has only increased since the memo was written in late August, from 273 to over 300 today.

Senate Armed Services Chairman Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, asked the CRS to estimate the amount of time it would take to process each of the nominees individually, instead of taking them up and confirming them as a group by unanimous consent – “the only way to process multiple nominations quickly,” according to the CRS.

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