Reid chides attempt to set Afghanistan withdrawal timeline

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) gently chided a Democratic colleague's failed amendment to set a timeline to withdraw from Afghanistan.

Reid addressed an amendment offered by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) that would have attached a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, which failed in a Senate vote on Thursday.

“In light of the president’s strategy and the recent progress, now is not the time to change course," Reid said in a statement.

The Feingold amendment failed after only 18 senators — all Democrats, including Feingold —supported the measure. 80 senators opposed the amendment.

Reid said that President Barack Obama's plans laid out well a path to victory, and for a return home of the troops.

"Our troops will continue to defeat those terrorist networks and others like it and we will continue to press the Afghan government to end corruption and take responsibility for governing the country," he said. "But, as the President’s plan makes clear, these troops have a clear task in place: to reverse the Taliban’s momentum and to begin returning home next July."