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U.S. Senate Passes Manchin invoice to revive again pay for officers whose promotions had been stalled over Pentagon abortion coverage

MORGANTOWN – The U.S. Senate this week handed a invoice cosponsored by Sen. Joe Manchin to revive again pay to army officers whose promotions had been delayed by a GOP senator against Pentagon abortion coverage.

The Senate unanimously handed the bipartisan Army Personnel Affirmation Restoration Act of 2023 on Thursday. It gives the again pay and gives retroactive promotion dates and different administrative fixes. Manchin introduced the passage on Friday.

Manchin joined with Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., to introduce the invoice on Thursday. He introduced the invoice final week.

It now will go to the Home, which has an an identical invoice sponsored by Reps. Don Bacon, R-Neb., and Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz. The Senate hopes the Home will prioritize passage early in 2024 and ship it to the president.

This invoice adopted an announcement by Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., that he was releasing his maintain on promotions initiated in February. The maintain was a transfer to stress the Pentagon to finish its abortion-leave coverage giving service members entry to abortions by permitting them to be reimbursed for journey to abortion clinics.

Tuberville had held up greater than 400 promotion nominees. On Tuesday he introduced his settlement with two different GOP senators to launch the maintain for three-star officers and under, whereas retaining it for four-star officers – about 11 individuals.

Tuberville signed onto this invoice, as did Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

Manchin mentioned after it handed, “These women and men are true American heroes and the least we are able to do in Congress is restore the advantages they’ve earned and deserve. I encourage my colleagues within the Home to cross this necessary laws as shortly as doable to compensate our troops and reprioritize nationwide safety.”

Rounds mentioned, “When our women and men in uniform serve our nation, they don’t know whether or not the individuals they’re serving with are Republicans, Democrats or Independents. I disagree with the Division of Protection’s coverage of paying the journey bills for service members and their dependents in search of abortions. I additionally help a member of the Senate’s proper to carry any nomination; nonetheless, our women and men in uniform shouldn’t be caught in the course of partisan politics. I urge the Home to maneuver shortly on this laws to do the appropriate factor for our service members.”

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