House Approves Bill Funding War in Installments The House has voted to approve a bill that funds the war in Iraq through July. It was a near party-line vote of 221-205. Meanwhile, the Senate continues talks with the White House behind the scenes, and various factions seek a consensus.
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House Approves Bill Funding War in Installments

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House Approves Bill Funding War in Installments

House Approves Bill Funding War in Installments

House Approves Bill Funding War in Installments

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

In Congress, the House of Representatives is set to vote this evening on another Iraq War funding bill. Republicans vowed that they'll once again side with President Bush who has threatened to vote. But there are signs the patience of GOP loyalists is wearing thin. And that the president is willing to make concessions as the Senate tries to come up with its own bill.

We get more from NPR's David Welna at the Capitol.

DAVID WELNA: In the House Democrats revised version of a war funding bill, President Bush immediately gets the first $43 billion he's asked for. But to get the remaining $53 billion he'd have to report to Congress in July on how much progress is being made in Iraq.

Democrat David Obey chairs the Appropriations Committee and he was in charge of crafting the bill.

Representative DAVID OBEY (Democrat, Wisconsin; Chairman, House Appropriations Committee): It's a fair, square deal. The administration gets a straight shot at what it wants and war critics get a straight shot at what they want. That to me is eminently fair.

WELNA: But while a growing number of House Republicans are unhappy with President Bush's Iraq policies, they are not yet ready to abandon him.