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Pence, DeSantis support Tuberville’s military holds

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville has some new allies in his fight against the Department of Defense (DoD) policy that allows servicemembers paid leave and travel reimbursement for those seeking an abortion.

Former Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, both candidates for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, have recently expressed support for Tuberville’s holds on Pentagon general and flag-officer promotions.

Tuberville (R-Auburn) received some renewed criticism for the holds after a report by Politico confirmed that only 12 people have actually used the new abortion program.

Pence defended Tuberville during a speech at the Family Research Council.

“And on day one, I’ll direct the Department of Defense to to stop using taxpayer dollars to undermine pro-life laws in states around the country,” Pence said. “Senator Tommy Tuberville is right and the Pentagon is wrong. And on the cause of life I promise you, if I have the privilege of being your president, I’ll be a champion for the unborn.”

DeSantis also backed Tuberville when asked about the holds during the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Town Hall Saturday.

“Yes, I support what he’s doing,” DeSantis said. “First of all, what the Defense Department is doing is outside the law. They are breaking, violating the law by funding abortion tourism with tax dollars, and so when agencies do that, the Congress has to stand up and push back against it.”

Yaffee is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts “The Yaffee Program” weekdays 9-11 a.m. on WVNN. You can follow him on Twitter @Yaffee

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