Published November 29, 2012
WASHINGTON – The Senate has voted to accelerate the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
The 62-33 vote on Thursday reflected the nation's war-weariness after more than a decade of fighting.
Although the vote was for a nonbinding amendment to the defense bill, it sent a strong signal about the ongoing conflict. Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon sponsored the measure.
It also set the stage for a fight with the House, which passed a bill in May that calls for President Barack Obama to maintain a force of at least 68,000 troops through the end of 2014.
The House and Senate will have to reconcile their competing versions of the defense policy bill.