“If Democrats and the Biden Administration continue to inject politics in our military, then our children and our grandchildren will live in a much more dangerous world.”
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) spoke on the Senate floor on the 22nd anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Senator Tuberville commemorated the thousands of lives lost, and condemned President Biden for injecting politics into our military.
Excerpts from Senator Tuberville’s speech can be found below, and his full remarks can be viewed here.
“The Democrats have been talking a lot about readiness and military families lately. But they were silent when Joe Biden fired 8,000 American patriots and left their families without an income. Thousands and thousands more servicemembers were vaccinated despite serious reservations of conscience. This was a slap in the face to our heroes in uniform. The Senate had the chance to fix this in July. But Democrats blocked it. Senator Cruz offered an amendment to this year’s defense bill that would have reinstated all of these heroes. But the Democrats refused.”
“Now these same Democrats are lecturing us about readiness and about their support for military families. Meanwhile the Democrats’ efforts to inject left-wing politics into our military have only continued. I have spoken at length about their illegal use of the Pentagon budget for abortion.”
“Since my hold went into effect, it has allowed me more time to look into the background of some of the Pentagon’s nominees. These are nominees that Democrats are saying should not receive a vote. Democrats are saying we should just approve them without ever voting. Senator Reed said it was ‘disrespectful’ not to approve them by unanimous consent. I do not agree with that. Many of these nominees are worthy of confirmation. Some are not. The Senate ought to do our job under the Constitution and advise and consent to these nominations. Some we should confirm. Some we should reject.”
“A large number of these nominees have publicly expressed support for so-called DEI initiatives—Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. I am concerned that DEI distracts our military from its mission. The American military is not a social justice program. It is not a jobs program. The military is not an equal opportunity employer. The American military is the world’s greatest killing machine. The military has one mission and one mission only: to win wars. Other considerations—no matter how reasonable or admirable they might be—they have to be set aside. In war there is no second place. As General McArthur famously said, there is no substitute for victory. Everything we have in this country depends on our military. Our entire way of life is made possible by the fact that we have the best fighting force ever assembled. Our enemies would love to take away our role as a world leader. If we lose a strong military, then we lose everything.”
“Therefore, it is my view that the Senate ought to vote on these nominations—especially those at the very top.[…] If Democrats were actually worried about readiness or about military families, then we would be voting on these nominees.”
Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.