House Passes Short-Term War Funding

Votes for another showdown with President Bush
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2007 6:36 AM CDT
House Passes Short-Term War Funding
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division react to one of several house fires in the Bayaa neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq Tuesday, May 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Congress voted 221-205 last night to pump $40 billion into the war in Iraq—only enough to fund combat operations until July.  An additional $56 billion would be released contingent on the Iraqi government's progress. The bill omits any timetable for withdrawal, but sets the scene for another showdown with President Bush, who's promised to veto it.

Rep. John Murtha, a leading opponent of the war, tells CNN the ball is in the Iraqis' court. "Every time the Iraqis don't do something Americans are put in the killing zone," he said. House Minority Leader John Boehner accused the Democrats of  "playing political games while our troops are fighting for freedom." (Read more Democratic Congress stories.)

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