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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On Confirming The Last Of The Military Nominees Held Up By Senator Tuberville

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on the Senate confirming the last of military nominees after Senator Tuberville’s months-long blanket hold. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

Yesterday, ten months of delay finally ended on a positive note: the Senate confirmed the last of the military nominees held up by Senator Tuberville.

Military leaders and their families who’ve had their lives put on hold for months can finally breathe a sigh of relief, because the wait is over.

It was a very good outcome, but one that should not have been necessary. Now that the holds have been lifted, and these nominees confirmed, I hope this never happens again.

Let the experience of the past ten months be a warning: no senator – no senator – should use our military officers and their families as political pawns to push a political agenda, no matter how strongly they believe in that agenda.

This was a long and painful ordeal for our armed forces, but it ended on a positive note for them and for our country because Senator Tuberville didn’t get one bit of what he asked for – only a lot of pain to military families. Let’s make sure this never happens again, no matter how strongly any one of the one hundred senators feel on any one issue. Don’t hold the military families hostage.