Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer put the appointments to a vote after Tuberville lifted the block on hundreds of military nominations in protest of the Pentagon's "abortion" policy.

As a result of the vote, the appointments of approximately 425 soldiers who were blocked were approved.

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Pentagon spokesperson Brigadier General Patrick Ryder said that the developments were encouraging and that he was continuing to meet with Senator Tuberville to ensure that all military personnel are unblocked.


On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 "Roe v. Wade decision", which constitutionally guaranteed the right to abortion throughout the country, and laws on this issue were left to the discretion of the states.

The Pentagon had introduced a new regulation to cover the cost of abortions for soldiers in states where abortion is banned.

Alabama Senator Tuberville, on the other hand, wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin accusing the Pentagon of trying to "get around the abortion ban decisions" with this regulation, reminding him that the information session requested by the Ministry was canceled, and announced that he would suspend all future appointments.

Yesterday, Tuberville said he would pave the way for block confirmation of all appointments to all positions except four-star generals.

By law, all administration nominees must be confirmed by the Senate.

In general, Pentagon appointments are approved unanimously in blocks without coming to the floor of the Senate to keep them away from political controversy and speed up the process.

If a senator objects, the nominees cannot be voted on.