U.S. Senator Katie Britt spoke at the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce’s Washington Letter Breakfast this morning. Senator Britt was asked about the fact that some Republicans are now expressing frustration over Senator Tommy Tuberville’s reluctance to make military confirmations. Britt spoke to a packed crowd at the RSA Activity Center about her support for Israel’s war against Hamas and the war in Ukraine. She also told reporters that she does not support the Biden administration’s new policy of paying for travel expenses if military members need to leave the state to have an abortion. Senator Tuberville has said he will continue to uphold military nominations unless the Pentagon ends this new policy – or puts it to a vote in Congress.
President Biden’s administration implemented this policy after the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade had picked up. Britt says she grew up in Enterprise, where there is a strong military community, and she knows how important servicemen and women are to our country’s security. Britt says: “We have always said that taxpayer dollars will not go to funding abortions. Therefore, the Conference’s priority at this time is to find a path that continues to protect lives while allowing us to move these nominees forward.” So we are having these discussions under the leadership of Senator Tuberville and look forward to finding a solution.”
The Senate was able to confirm three senior military officers on Thursday – including the first female member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – but around 370 nominations are still blocked. Traditionally, the Senate has approved large groups of military nominations by voice vote, but an objection from even a single senator can disrupt that process.