The trio of military leaders are the first officer promotions the Senate has confirmed in more than six months since Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., started blocking quick approval for all general and admiral nominees in protest of the Pentagon's abortion policy.
A Senate procedural maneuver by Tuberville this week forced Democrats to retreat from their earlier position — that confirming a few top officers individually with roll call votes would set a bad precedent. But the fate of more than 300 other officers caught in Tuberville's blockade remains up in the air with no clear plan to confirm them.
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The Senate voted 96-1 to confirm Gen. Randy George as Army chief of staff, 96-0 to confirm Gen. Eric Smith as Marine commandant, and 83-11 to confirm Gen. Charles “C.Q.” Brown as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Asked Thursday whether Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., would set up individual roll call votes on any other nominees, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed, D-R.I., said that “nothing's on the table, nothing's off the table.”
“I think you should ask the Republicans, who voted so enthusiastically for…