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Watchdog: DOD Abortion Policy Not Subject to Review by Congress

September 27, 2023

Caroline Coudriet


Caroline Coudriet, September 26, 2023 / CQ

The Defense Department’s move to reimburse travel for servicemembers seeking abortions out of state is not subject to congressional review, according to a new watchdog report.

The Government Accountability Office memorandum, published Tuesday, adds a new layer of complication to an ongoing blockade of senior military promotions by Alabama Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville

Although the Congressional Review Act (PL 104-121) — which allows Congress to overturn certain federal agency actions — wasn’t necessarily seen as an off-ramp for the holds, the GAO’s decision suggests a lesser role for Congress in overseeing the policy. 

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