(Press Release) U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) is receiving strong veteran support amid a standoff with President Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin over the department’s decision to pay for abortion-related expenses for servicemembers using taxpayer dollars.
More than 5,000 veterans expressed their support for Senator Tuberville’s decision to place a hold on Pentagon general and flag officer promotions, joining a growing army of those backing the senator.
In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the veterans outline the need for a strong military that is focused on fighting to preserve life, rather than end it.
Complete text of the letter can be found here or below.
Leader Schumer and Leader McConnell,
As current and former service members of the United States Military, and organizations which support and advocate for the safety and well-being of our service members, we firmly support Senator Tuberville’s position of holding civilian, general, and flag officers from confirmation by unanimous consent until the DoD rescinds its recently instituted policy of subsidizing abortion.
The undersigned stand united in condemning this policy.
This policy is not just illegal, it shamefully politicizes the military, circumvents the authority of Congress, and exceeds the authority of the Department of Defense.
While some claim that Sen. Tuberville’s position is negatively impacting military readiness, the Department of Defense has failed to present any evidence that substantiates this claim.
To the contrary, it appears true that the politicized agenda of Secretary Austin and the Biden administration are significantly diminishing military readiness.
The American people, including its servicemembers, are disappointed by President Biden and Secretary Austin’s recent decisions to mandate receipt of the COVID-19 vaccines, promote the radical LGBT agenda, and now subsidize abortion.
Because of these policies, the military now faces an unprecedented crisis of recruitment – missing its recruitment goal for the first time ever last year.
The focus of our military must be on keeping the American people safe, not advancing the left-wing social agenda.
There is no truth more profound than the fact that all human life is sacred.
The mission of the United States Military is to defend and protect all American lives – not subsidize the practice of destroying innocent and vulnerable American children via abortion with taxpayer dollars.
By pledging to hold these nominations to the Department of Defense until administration officials reverse course, Senator Tuberville is doing a great service for the American people – including its service members.
Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, Member of Congress, USAF, vet.
Rep. Elijah Crane, Member of Congress, U.S. Navy, Navy Seal (Ret.)
Rep. Andrew S. Clyde, Member of Congress, U.S. Navy, CDR (Ret.)
Rep. Ronny L. Jackson, Member of Congress, U.S. Navy, RDML (Ret.)
Charles Owen, State Representative, District 30 Louisiana, U.S. Air Force, Lt Col (Ret.)
William G. Boykin, Executive Vice President, Family Research Council, U.S. Army, LTG (Ret.)
Chaplain Craig G. Muehler, President, Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, CAPT, CHC, USN (Ret.)
This signature includes 32 endorsers and partners that represent the position of over 2,500 military chaplains
Michael T. Flynn, U.S. Army, LTG (Ret.)
The Right Reverend Derek L.S. Jones, Executive Director, Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty
Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readiness
Douglas E. Lee, U.S. Army, BGEN (Ret.)
David B. Warner, U.S. Air Force, BGen (Ret.)
Bentley B. Rayburn, U.S. Air Force, MGen (Ret.)
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