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. 

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“It’s time to bring our troops home from Afghanistan,” said Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinGOP sees fresh opening with Dems’ single payer embrace Trump steps up courtship of Dems The Hill's 12:30 Report 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 CorkerOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Corker pressed as reelection challenges mount MORE (Tenn.), Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranIT modernization measure included in Senate-approved defense policy bill Campaign video touts apprenticeships making Trump commemorative coins Senate approves Trump's debt deal with Democrats MORE (Kan.), Scott Brown (Mass.), Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley: 'Good chance' Senate panel will consider bills to protect Mueller Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE (Iowa), John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenAir Force One is Trump’s new boardroom Overnight Finance: Trump strikes debt, spending deal with Dems | Deal shocks GOP | Fed’s No. 2 to resign | Trump keeps tax squeeze on red state Dems | House aims to pass budget next week Trump praises Dem senator during tax speech MORE (N.D.), John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneAviation panel recommends Trump roll back safety rules Overnight Regulation: House moves to block methane rule | Senators wrestle with allowing driverless trucks | EPA delays toxic waste rule Overnight Tech: Senate looks at self-driving trucks | Facebook to keep ads off fake news | House panel calls Equifax CEO to testify MORE (S.D.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.).

The Senate also passed an amendment introduced by Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanWeek ahead in tech: Debate over online sex trafficking bill heats up 'Hillbilly Elegy' author won't run for Senate Brown, Portman urge Trump administration to move quickly on a steel decision 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. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeA third of Congress hasn’t held a town hall — it’s time to take action Anonymous affiliate publishes claimed list of GOP private contact info Wasting America’s nuclear opportunity 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 SessionsRhode Island announces plan to pay DACA renewal fee for every 'Dreamer' in state Mich. Senate candidate opts for House run instead NAACP sues Trump for ending DACA 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 BoxerTrump riles Dems with pick for powerful EPA job Pelosi's chief of staff stepping down Time is now to address infrastructure needs 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 CaseySenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill GOP eying 'blue slip' break to help Trump fill the courts Dems offer alternative to Trump administration's child care proposal 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 MurrayWeek ahead: Senators near deal to stabilize ObamaCare markets Policymaking commission offers a glimmer of hope in hyper-partisan Washington Dems call on DeVos to work with CFPB to protect student borrowers 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.