Merkley said the amendment, which passed on a 62-33 vote, also expedites the transition of security missions from U.S. service members to Afghan forces, but is non-binding. 

“It’s time to bring our troops home from Afghanistan,” said Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocrats scramble to contain Franken fallout  Overnight Finance: House passes sweeping tax bill in huge victory for GOP | Senate confirms banking regulator | Mulvaney eyed for interim head of consumer agency Overnight Regulation: Senators unveil bipartisan gun background check bill | FCC rolls back media regs | Family leave credit added to tax bill | Senate confirms banking watchdog MORE (D-W.Va.), who spoke in support of the amendment before the vote. “The war has already surpassed the Vietnam War … and more than $500 billion has been spent.”

Republican senators who supported the amendment included Sens. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerBannon: McConnell 'picking up his game' because of our 'insurgent movement' State Dept. spokeswoman acknowledges 'morale issue' The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (Tenn.), Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranOvernight Cybersecurity: Kushner was contacted about WikiLeaks before election | Tech experts blast Trump's 'extreme vetting' plan | Senate passes defense bill with measure to modernize feds' IT Ensuring that defense agencies will have access to a community of entrepreneurs and innovators Provision to modernize federal IT in compromise defense bill MORE (Kan.), Scott Brown (Mass.), Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyFBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Klobuchar taking over Franken's sexual assault bill Lawyer: Kushner is 'the hero' in campaign emails regarding Russia MORE (Iowa), John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenOvernight Health Care: Initial Senate tax bill doesn't repeal ObamaCare mandate | 600K sign up for ObamaCare in first four days | Feds crack down on opioid trafficking Overnight Finance: Senate GOP unveils different approach on tax reform | House tax bill heads to floor | House leaders eye vote next week | AT&T denies pressure for CNN sale Adoption tax credit restored after conservative backlash MORE (N.D.), John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenate panel approves GOP tax plan Republicans see rising Dem odds in Alabama Overnight Health Care: Nearly 1.5M sign up for ObamaCare so far | Schumer says Dems won't back ObamaCare deal if it's tied to tax bill | House passes fix to measure letting Pentagon approve medical treatments MORE (S.D.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.).

The Senate also passed an amendment introduced by Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGOP defends Trump judicial nominee with no trial experience Bipartisan compromise is vital to the legislative process Senate GOP reveals different approach on tax reform MORE (R-Ohio), 2995, which would allow defense industry employees to attend Department of Defense educational programs. The amendment passed by voice-vote, in addition to an amendment from Sen. Richard Blumenthal, 3124, which expresses a zero-tolerance policy on human trafficking by U.S. contractor workers. 

Sen. Jim InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeSenators tear into controversial Trump environment nominee McCain backs Pentagon nominee despite concerns over defense industry ties GOP senators ask Trump for meeting on biofuels mandate MORE (R-Okla.) also passed by voice-vote, the amendment 2972, which designate the taps bugle call as the national song of military funerals. 

The Senate is scheduled to continue amendment work on the National Defense Authorization Act, S. 3254, on Thursday, with hopes of finishing work by the end of the week. The defense bill funds U.S. military operation.

The following amendments were passed by unanimous consent:

2948, introduced by Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), extends a temporary increase in rates of basic allowance for housing under certain circumstances until Dec. 31, 2013. 

2962, introduced by Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsFederal judge rules Trump defunding sanctuary cities 'unconstitutional on its face' FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Alabama election has GOP racing against the clock MORE (R-Ala.), requires a homeland defense hedging policy and strategy report from the secretary of Defense, among other things.

2971, introduced by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), states the Senates concern about the use of lands near airfields, training airspace and air training routes for the sake of security.

2981, introduced by Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerBarbara Boxer recounts harassment on Capitol Hill: ‘The entire audience started laughing’ 100 years of the Blue Slip courtesy Four more lawmakers say they’ve been sexually harassed by colleagues in Congress MORE (D-Calif.), prohibits a waiver of commissioning or enlistment for those convicted of a sexual felony.

2986, introduced by Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyThe GOP tax bill will be a health care burden on American families Democrats scramble to contain Franken fallout  GOP campaign committees call on Democrats to return Franken donations MORE Jr. (D-Pa.), requires the Department of Defense to establish a reporting mechanism that allows a subcontractor to report fraudulent activity by a contractor with respect to a subcontracting plan submitted to a procurement authority, among other things.

2989, introduced by Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayGOP senator: ObamaCare fix could be in funding bill Collins: Pass bipartisan ObamaCare bills before mandate repeal Murkowski: ObamaCare fix not a precondition for tax vote MORE (D-Wash.), extends a program of referral and counseling services to veterans at risk of homelessness who are transitioning from institutions until Sept. 30, 2013.

There was no information on amendments 3085, 3110 and 3166, which also passed, at the time of publication.