The "sleepover" yielded no success. The attempt to add a timetable amendment to the latest Defense Authorization bill fell short by eight votes (60 votes were needed to continue to debate the amendment). As a result, Senate Majority Leader Reid pulled the defense bill from consideration.
"Because Republicans continue to block votes on important amendments to the defense authorization bill, we can make no further progress on Iraq and this bill at this time,'' Reid said. [SNIP]
Republicans criticized the decision to halt action on the legislation. Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona said Reid's action would delay a 3.5 percent pay raise for troops and put off an upgrade of equipment for military personnel.
"We are abandoning the men and woman in the military'' if the legislation isn't passed, McCain said.
And, to top it off, Reid didn't even stay and play at his own party.