On Wednesday’s broadcast of NewsNation’s “On Balance,” Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) said that Democrats within the Senate nonetheless can affirm navy nominees by having the votes separately for essential positions, however aren’t doing so as a result of they need to use the state of affairs for politics.
Tuberville mentioned, “[I]t’s obvious that the Democrats are trying to use it to their advantage, Leland. I’m not holding up nominations. They can bring them to the floor one at a time. I can’t hold them up. I can hold up groups at a time. That’s what I’m doing.”
Later, host Leland Vittert requested, “Democrats aren’t spending floor time to bring these one at a time, and they could do that for — especially for the combatant commanders, for the Marine commandant. So, are they playing politics as much as you are? Why aren’t they bringing this to a floor vote?”
Tuberville answered, “Exactly. And again, just change the policy back and let’s vote on it. That’s all I’m asking. … Now, if it passes, so be it, and let’s go on with life. But they do not want to do it. They want to force it down the American people’s throat, and I’m not going to allow that to happen.”
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