A government watchdog will probe how military families and national security were affected by last year's blockade on senior military promotions by Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala.
The Government Accountability Office has accepted a request from two Democratic congressmen to review the short- and long-term effects of Tuberville's nearly yearlong hold on general and admiral nominees, GAO spokesperson Chuck Young confirmed Friday.
The agency expects the investigation to begin “shortly,” Young added.
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From late February last year to mid-December, Tuberville prevented the Senate from quickly confirming all nominees for general and flag officers using a procedural tactic known as a hold. Tuberville's blockade was an effort to force the Pentagon to reverse its policy of covering travel expenses and providing leave for service members seeking abortions.
Eventually, more than 430 military officers were caught in Tuberville's hold, including about half of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Pentagon officials and Democratic lawmakers argued the hold had cascading, harmful effects on the military, including adding stress to military families who could not plan for moves or raises that come with the promotions.
Tuberville was unmoved for months by entreaties he was harming the military, arguing Democrats could take individual roll-call votes on each nominee if…