(THE HILL) In a long-awaited vote, the Senate on Thursday defeated Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s bid to take military sexual assault cases outside the chain of command.

The Senate defeated Gillibrand’s (D-N.Y.) measure in a 55-45 vote, five short of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster.

The heated fight over the chain of command pitted Gillibrand against fellow Democratic Sens. Carl Levin (Mich.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.), as well as Pentagon leaders.

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