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Senate defense lawmakers balked on several key national security issues in their version of the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2014 budget plan.

The $625 billion budget for the Department of Defense (DOD), passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee, included measures to address rampant sexual assault in the military and set the stage for the closure of the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

But members simply refused to weigh in on a number of high-profile defense issues facing the department, including possible changes to the rules in the war on terror, shifting U.S. drone operations to the Pentagon and the upcoming U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.