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Forty-one Republicans voted to block cloture on a bill to protect U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Huffington Post's Bob Geiger has details of the bill, sponsored by Democratic Senator Jim Webb, would have created mandatory limits on time served by the National Guard on Iraq and Afghanistan deployments as well as created a minimum time between deployments.

"We have an amendment before us that is critical for the strength of our military and the well-being of our troops. Regardless of where we stand on the war, I would hope that we stand as one in our commitment to keeping our military the strongest in the world," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) before the vote. "We should all agree that we can't sustain that strength if our men and women in uniform aren't given the protection and care they need. That's not a Democratic talking point or a Republican talking point - it's just common sense."

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