House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that a war supplemental spending bill will pass the House before the Fourth of July, but offered no specific timeline as negotiations continue with the White House on the must-pass bill.
Although House Democratic leaders indicated early this week that they hoped to take up the bill either this week or next, Pelosi backtracked slightly from that assertion on Thursday, highlighting the Fourth of July and saying that the bill will pass “sometime between now and then.”
The roughly $170 billion war supplemental will fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the rest of 2008 and into 2009.
Democrats continue to search for the elusive formula to pass a supplemental that includes war funding, an extension of unemployment benefits and a major veterans’ education package. President Bush has vowed to veto any bill that exceeds his pre-set spending limit, while it remains unclear if the unemployment benefits and veterans’ package can clear Republican objections in the Senate.
“I have made it clear to the White House that we want to pass a bill that can be signed by the president and that will happen before we leave for the Fourth of July,” said Pelosi.
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