Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican, refers to Tommy Tuberville's military blockade as a "national security issue."

On Sunday, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee called Sen. Tommy Tuberville's hold on hundreds of military promotions a “paralyzing” “national security problem.” 

paralyzing the Department of Defense,” Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, told CNN's “State of the Union.” “That is a national security issue and problem.” 

For months, Senate Armed Services Committee member Tuberville, R-Ala., has stalled hundreds of military promotions over a Defense Department policy that offers paid time off and travel costs for service members and families seeking abortions. 

The National Defense Authorization Act, an annual defense policy measure, has been dominated by congressional controversy over the Defense Department's abortion policy

The GOP-led House cleared the bill after adding an amendment to force the Pentagon to repeal the policy. 

In July, the Democratic-led Senate avoided floor votes on abortion access and transgender military health care amendments to adopt its own NDAA. Other country musicians who paid musical 

McCaul said Sunday that he hopes Tuberville will reconsider the military promotion freeze, adding that the NDAA is addressing abortion. 

He stated, “But to hold up the top brass from being promoted — and lower brass — I think is paralyzing our Department of Defense.” 

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