The Senate has defeated a so-called "gulf orphans" measure that would have asked the Defense Department to reassign single parents and military couples with children who have been deployed to the Persian Gulf.

"It is a grave danger to the well-being of our military families and their children to allow the children of American servicemen and women to become orphaned," argued the sponsor, Sen. John Heinz, R-Pa.Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, said such a provision would be "grossly unwise" on the apparent eve of a ground assault.

The vote against the measure was 54-38.