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Biden’s pick a top US commander could be delayed by senator’s blockade

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Senator Tommy Tuberville, a Republican from Alabama, has placed a hold on all military nominations, including Brown’s. This means that Brown’s nomination cannot be voted on by the Senate until Tuberville lifts the hold.

Tuberville has not said why he has placed the hold on Brown’s nomination. However, he has been critical of Biden’s handling of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. He has also said that he wants to see more transparency from the Biden administration on its plans for the US military.

The hold on Brown’s nomination could delay his confirmation for several weeks or even months. This would be a setback for Biden, who has said that he wants to have Brown in place as soon as possible. Brown is the first Black person to be nominated to be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

It is possible that Tuberville could lift the hold on Brown’s nomination if he is satisfied with Biden’s answers to his questions about the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the US military’s future plans. However, it is also possible that the hold could remain in place until after the midterm elections in November.

If the hold remains in place, it would mean that Brown would not be able to assume his duties as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff until after the elections. This would be a significant setback for the Biden administration, as it would leave the US military without a permanent leader at a time of heightened tensions with Russia and China.

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