House Democrats may push ahead this week with a new war spending bill that would provide money for combat operations through midsummer, with the rest of the funds sought by President Bush withheld until commanders in Iraq provide a report on conditions there.
Senior Democratic officials say the proposal, which is still being put together and could reach a floor vote by the weekâ€™s end, is an attempt to provide the Pentagon with the money it needs while keeping pressure on Mr. Bush over his conduct of the war.
The bill is a collaboration of David Obey and Jack Murtha.
Related: See TPM Muckraker about Bush’s September deadline.
Update: See Dan Froomkin, “Four More Months.”