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Yaffee: Republicans should unite behind Tuberville

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville got some much needed support from a group of House Republicans this week who wrote a letter to the senator saying they stand with him on the military holds.

Tuberville (R-Auburn) has maintained procedural holds on unanimous consent of military promotions over the Department of Defense’s policy of paying for travel expenses for members of the military seeking an abortion.

“We write to express our deep gratitude and support for your courageous leadership in the fight to preserve and protect the precious lives of unborn children and their mothers,” the lawmakers wrote.

This is exactly what we should be seeing from Republicans in the Senate as well, but unfortunately many of them are considering to vote for a resolution to get around Tuberville’s blockade.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said last week that he plans to bring the rule change to the floor if Republicans are unable to change Tuberville’s mind on the issue. If this resolution ever passes, it will only be because Democrats were able to get enough Republicans to join them in getting it through.

It’s sad to see many in the GOP miss an opportunity to unite behind an abortion message that would be popular with the American people.

There are many who believe the disappointing results in off year elections last month is because of Republicans being divided over the abortion issue. It seems the party was unable to figure out exactly what to say after Roe V. Wade was overturned. There are disagreements on abortion exceptions, the cutoff period of legality, and whether there should be a push to pass a national abortion ban in Congress.

It’s understandable that these divisions exist. It’s a tough issue to find common ground.

Tuberville handed the GOP an abortion message that could unite the party. His argument that there should be no taxpayer funds supporting abortion should have been a no-brainer for members to get behind. Wherever you stand on the issue, it’s hard to believe many Republican voters wouldn’t want to make sure their tax dollars don’t pay for abortions. Instead, Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham are just helping the Democrats control the messaging. Democrats want it to be a national security issue when it’s really about the rule of law and not using the military to push a liberal agenda.

If this really is a national security issue, then the blame lies squarely with President Joe Biden. He put in place an illegal abortion policy instead of passing it through Congress. He could rescind that policy and the holds would stop immediately. Biden is putting his political agenda over national security and the rule of law.

Some Republicans argue that they support Tuberville’s stance, but not his tactics. Considering how much we’ve been talking about Biden’s illegal abortion policy since Tuberville started his blockade, it’s hard for me to be too critical of the senators tactics. Objecting to these promotions is his prerogative as a Senator and has been extremely effective at getting the message out.

Supporting Tuberville’s holds is supporting the Constitution against the president’s illegal policy to subvert it.

Supporting Tuberville’s holds is supporting a pro-life message that all Republicans can unite behind.

Supporting Tuberville is protecting the military from being used to promote a woke agenda from Democrats in power.

Supporting Tuberville is not only good for the Republican Party, but it’s just the right thing to do.

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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