In a long-awaited vote, the Senate on Thursday defeated Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s bid to take military sexual assault cases outside the chain of command.
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Gillibrand's measure falls five votes short of the 60 needed to move forward.
John Brennan accused lawmakers of making "spurious allegations" about spying on staffers.
The response at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the defense budget was expectedly frosty, from both sides of the aisle.
Senators expressed alarm at allegations that the CIA might have spied on staffer work.
There is not a path forward for Congress to agree to a new round of military base closures, Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) told The Hill.
The Senate will vote on two competing measures addressing sexual assault Thursday.
NATO allies requested the additional jets after Russia invaded Crimea.
Defense leaders said Wednesday if lawmakers do not undo defense budget caps known as sequestration, the U.S. would not be able to implement its defense strategy.