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    Republican’s Hold on Nominations Leaves Marines Without Confirmed Leader for 1st Time in over 100 Years

    Republican's Hold on Nominations Leaves Marines Without Confirmed Leader for 1st Time in over 100 Years

    — The U.S. Marine Corps is without a confirmed leader for the first time in a century as Gen. David Berger stepped down as commandant on Monday and a Republican senator is blocking approval of his successor.

    Berger took over as the 38th commandant in July 2019, and is required to leave the job after four years. Gen. Eric Smith, currently the assistant commandant, has been nominated to be the next leader, but will serve in an acting capacity because he hasn't been confirmed by the Senate.

    Under the law, Smith can serve as the acting commandant, but he can do nothing that would presume confirmation. As a result, he can't move into the main residence or the commandant's office, or issue any formal commandant's planning guidance, which is traditional for a new leader. He has the authority to implement new policies such as budget, training and other personnel decisions.

    Smith's promotion delay is the first of what could be many top level officers held up by Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Alabama. Tuberville has stalled all nominations for senior military jobs because he disagrees with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's decision to have the Defense Department pay for travel when a service member has to go out of state to get an abortion or other reproductive care. Abortion is now illegal in Alabama.

    Speaking at a ceremony at the Marine Barracks Washington, just down the street from Capitol Hill,…

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