Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) is calling for the Senate to change its rules amid Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s (R-Ala.) continued blockade of over 300 military promotions. Via The Hill:
“I wish the Senate would change their rules so that one senator doesn’t have that kind of power, so that we actually would have a democracy where you have a fair vote,” Smith said of the upper chamber of Congress in an interview on CNN.
He added that it’s clear to him that Tuberville doesn’t believe in democracy.
“He doesn’t believe in the system of government that we’ve set up,” Smith argued. “You have a vote, you lose you move on.”
Smith, who served as a state senator in Washington in the 1990s, called the House Freedom Caucus and Tuberville’s approach to governance “incredibly destructive.”
“What he and the Freedom Caucus believe is ‘if you don’t get what you want, do as much damage as you possibly can’ to the government,” he said.
“In this case, it’s incredibly destructive to the defense of this country, to the national security of this country, to not be able to have top leaders appointed to their position nearly undermines our ability to protect this country bottom line, Smith added.
No one mentions it, but it’s not unpossible that Tuberville is blocking the nominations so that his good buddy the Mango Maniac can fill those positions with names who answer only to him, and not the Constitution. Just sayin’!
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