WASHINGTON – In grudging concessions to President Bush Democrats intend to draft an Iraq war-funding bill without a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops
and shorn of billions of dollars in spending on domestic programs,
officials said Monday.
While details remain subject to change, the measure is designed to
close the books by Friday on a bruising veto fight between Bush and the
Democratic-controlled Congress over the war. It would provide funds for
military operations in Iraq through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal
Democratic officials stressed the legislation was subject to change.
They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized
to discuss provisions before a planned presentation to members of the
party’s rank and file later in the day.
UPDATE: Greg Sargent at TPM — “We’re told by sources that the leadership is not confirming this story. So we’ll see…”