The Senate narrowly rejected legislation on Wednesday that would have given military detainees the right to protest their detention in federal court.
The 56-43 vote fell four shy of the 60 votes needed to cut off debate on the bill, co-sponsored by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Arlen Specter, R-Pa. . . .
Among the 56 senators voting in favor of expanding detainees' rights were six Republicans: Specter, Olympia Snowe of Maine, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, Richard Lugar of Indiana, John Sununu of New Hampshire and Gordon Smith of Oregon.
All Senators voting no or not voting were Republicans, except for Independent Senator Joe Lieberman who also voted against habeas corpus restoration.