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    ‘Families Get a Huge Vote’: Joint Chiefs Nominee Warns Officers Will Leave Military Due to Confirmation Delay

    ‘Families Get a Huge Vote': Joint Chiefs Nominee Warns Officers Will Leave Military Due to Confirmation Delay

    The nominee to be the nation's highest-ranking officer faced senators Tuesday amid doubts about whether he will be confirmed before his predecessor leaves.

    At his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Charles “C.Q.” Brown, the chief of staff of the who has been nominated to become chairman of the Chiefs of Staff, warned senators that an ongoing dispute delaying confirmations — which he will also be caught in — could result in junior officers leaving the military rather than risk having their careers stalled and families harmed over political spats.

    “The spouse network is alive and well, and the spouses will compare notes,” Brown told senators. “The member may want to serve, but the spouses and the families get a huge vote.”

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    At issue is an ongoing blockade Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., has maintained on all promotions for one-star generals and admirals and above.

    Tuberville is using a procedural move known as a hold to delay military confirmations because of his opposition to the Pentagon's policy allowing service members to take leave and have their travel expenses covered if they seek an abortion. While a hold cannot prevent the Senate from confirming nominees, it means senators would have to take individual roll call votes on each one rather than approving them in batches…

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