Alabama Dem Slams Biden Over Space Command Decision

( — On Monday, the Pentagon announced that President Biden canceled former President Trump’s order to move US Space Command headquarters from Colorado to Alabama, in what some Republicans are calling a spiteful partisan move over Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville blocking promotions in opposition to the Pentagon’s abortion access policies, the New York Times reported.

Alabama’s entire congressional delegation also objected to the president’s decision, even the state’s sole Congressional Democrat, Rep. Terri Sewell.

In a statement on Monday, Rep. Sewell made it clear that the entire Alabama delegation “stands united” in its opposition to the president’s decision.

Accusing the Biden administration of bowing to “the whims of politics over merit,” Sewell argued that Huntsville, Alabama won the selection process “fair and square” on its merits.

Sewell, who endorsed Biden in 2020, described the decision as “shameful” and “disappointing,” and said she “expected more” from his administration. She argued that the decision should have been based on “what is best for our national security” and not “about red states versus blue states.”

A Pentagon official told the New York Times that the president’s decision came after Space Command head Gen. James Dickinson argued that that the move would hurt military readiness, especially as the US is in a race against China in space.

In a statement on Monday, Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said keeping Space Command headquarters in Colorado Springs will ensure the country’s “peak readiness” at “a critical” time.

Senator Tuberville said on Monday that the president’s decision “looks like blatant patronage politics,” and warned that it would set a “dangerous precedent” of using military bases “as awards for political support” instead of for national security.

Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers, the chair of the House Armed Services Committee accused President Biden of placing “far-left politics” over national security and said the Armed Services Committee would investigate the administration to see if officials “intentionally misled” the committee to manipulate the selection process.

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