The Senate voted 95-4 Thursday to confirm President Obama’s nominee to be the head lawyer at the Central Intelligence Agency.
The Senate approved the bill days after rejecting tougher legislation.
Gillibrand's measure falls five votes short of the 60 needed to move forward.
Republicans said the new healthcare and education programs was not properly paid for.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that Republicans injected politics into a veterans bill that should have been bipartisan.
“Shame on Republicans for bringing base-politics into a bill to help veterans,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “They are pushing an unrelated amendment on Iran that they knew would kill the bill.”
Reid's move comes as the two parties fight over amendments.
Senate Republicans are trying to tie more Iranian sanctions to a veterans’ bill currently being considered.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) has said he will offer a GOP alternative as an amendment to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) S. 1982, which would boost veterans' healthcare programs and give veterans in-state tuition rates at all schools across the country.
Burr’s amendment includes a bill that would increase sanctions on Iran to deter the country’s efforts to develop nuclear weapons.
The Senate voted unanimously to proceed to the bill, but differences remain.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that it’s “only fair” that Congress use war savings to increase veterans’ benefits.
“The United States is finally winding down more than a decade of war in Afghanistan,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “It is only fair that we use a small portion of those savings to invest in our returning veterans, who have given so much over the last 13 years to ensure our safety.”
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) objected Monday to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) attempt to bring up two military sexual assault bills.
Reid was trying to set up procedural vote on two competing military sexual assault bills from Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), but Moran objected saying he also wanted a vote on a bill from Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).