Senate Republicans have successfully blocked a three-month expansion of troop leave, which the Democrats hoped would provide pressure to withdraw without cutting off funds. John McCain called the effort to give our fighting men and women 15 months off between combat deployments “dangerous.”
Supporters of the bill, which was also narrowly defeated in July, said opponents were ignoring the troops’ interests.
“In blocking this bipartisan bill, Republicans have once again demonstrated that they are more committed to protecting the president than protecting our troops,” Senate Majority leader Harry Reid said.
Senator Chuck Hagel, one of six Republicans who backed the bill, said: “We cannot continue to look at war and the people who fight and die in wars as abstractions, as pawns, as objects.”