Congress Finally Pays U.S. Military Members

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( – On Thursday, the U.S. Senate in a unanimous vote approved a bill that will allow service members whose raise was blocked by Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s military promotions to receive retroactive pay raise.

The bipartisan effort had the support of all the Senators and did not require a roll call vote. The effort was backed by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Mike Rounds, R-S.D.; and Angus King, I-Maine.

While on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., stated that he was relieved that the Senate was able to give back to the military families that deserve justice and to have their pay after all the sacrifices that they had made. He added that the United States was going to keep the promises it had made to these families who had served the country well and had no reason to be penalized.

On Dec. 5 after a 10-month protest, Tuberville agreed to release the hold he had in more than 400 military promotions. The hold was the result of the Defense Department’s new abortion policies. As soon as his hold was removed, 425 military nominees were confirmed to their seats. The hold however continues to be in place for the 11 of the highest-ranking military officers.

The abortion policy in question provides service members paid leave and travel reimbursement if they need to travel out of the state they are stationed in so as to gain access to reproductive health care, including abortions.

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