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“This defense bill is not a game. The Senate is not a theater for political dramas and our national security must not be held hostage to Democrats’ desire to please their far left antiwar constituency,” said Senate Republican Conference Chairman Jon Kyl of Arizona, who argued that the maneuver had backfired.

“After almost 24 hours of debate demanded by Democrats, we are actually further away from passing the defense bill than we were when we started. This is not merely an unproductive Congress; it is a dysfunctional Congress,” Mr. Kyl said. “Democrats have taken precious time that could have been used to advance legislation and spent it to make a political point.”