While most Republican senators — including Mr. McConnell and the women on the Armed Services Committee — agreed with the move, it was rejected in the House version of the bill, after attack from some of Congress’s most conservative members. The members of the House committee “felt strongly” that the provision not be in the final bill that Congress is expected to consider next month, Mr. McCain said Tuesday, so it was removed.
Meanwhile, back at the popular vote.
Hillary Clinton’s popular vote lead over Mr. Trump swelled again Tuesday with a new tranche of votes from heavily Democratic Prince George’s County, Md.; it now stands at 2,358,925, or 1.8 percentage points.