House to Battle Bush on Troops

Bill will tie war money to withdrawals
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2007 7:18 PM CST
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center, speaks to reporters as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., right, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., watch on after a meeting with President Bush regarding...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The House could vote as soon as tomorrow on a bill that would provide $50 billion for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars—a quarter of President Bush's request—and tie the money to a troop-withdrawal timetable. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the money is intended to fund about four month months of current operations levels. Bush vetoed a similar proposal in May.

"This is not a blank check for the president," Pelosi said. The bill has caused Congressional Republicans to sharpen their knives; the House GOP leader described it as "so irresponsible that it can only be explained as political stunt." Earlier, the House approved $460 billion in annual military spending—omitting money for combat operations—along with stopgap funding to keep the government in business into December.