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TIME: The war in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region continues to be a high-profile event on Capitol Hill.
On Wednesday, lawmakers will discuss a potential extension of the deadline for the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan, which has been in place since 2009.
The extension has been delayed from Oct. 1, 2017 to Nov. 30, 2018.
This is a time for the Congress to be concerned about the well-being of the troops and their families, the bill’s author, Senator John McCain, told TIME.
The Senate approved the extension last week, but a number of Democrats objected to it.
In a floor speech, McCain said the Senate should consider extending the war’s expiration.
“I have been asking the Senate for years, and we have done nothing.
I want the Congress of the United States to vote on this extension.
But I will tell you, the longer it takes to get it done, the more painful this is going to be,” he said.
In addition to the extension, McCain introduced the Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2018, which would extend a program that would provide financial aid to victims of military suicide.
He said that if it passes, the program would cost $2.4 billion and provide assistance for nearly 400,000 families.
The bill has the backing of Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican and frequent critic of President Donald Trump.
“This is the wrong time to give money to these people, who have done the worst things possible,” Paul said.
Paul said the bill was the first step toward ending the war.
“But we still need to stop the flow of money to this war-torn country and do what we can to help the families and children of the soldiers who are killed,” Paul added.
The bipartisan bill is likely to pass the Senate and head to the House of Representatives, where it faces a number other votes, including one to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to accept payments for the cost of suicide prevention services.