More than 300 posters featuring the generals and admirals caught in Sen. Tommy Tuberville's blockade of military promotions dotted a corner of the lawn in front of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday in a display created by a progressive veterans group.
VoteVets, a liberal political action committee founded by veterans, and several Democratic senators used the display to bolster their arguments that Tuberville's hold is harming the military. Standing beside the visualization of the toll of Tuberville's actions, the senators reiterated their calls for Tuberville, R-Ala., to reverse course and for other Republicans to pressure him to do so.
“I hope that he comes out of that building and sees these 300 signs that are in front of us right now,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said at Tuesday's news conference. “Because every single picture, every single name, every single title represents someone who has decided to put their life on the line for our country.”
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Since late February, Tuberville has used a procedural tactic known as a hold to block the confirmation of all nominees to be one-star generals and admirals and above. Tuberville is protesting the Pentagon policy of providing travel expenses and leave to troops who seek abortions.
The hold has led to vacancies at the very top of the military, with the Army, Navy and