ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush would veto an emerging House of Representatives bill which would include limits on funding for the Iraq war, White House spokesman Tony Snow said on Wednesday.
“There are restrictions on funding and there are also some of the spending items that were mentioned in the first veto message that are still in the bill,” Snow told reporters aboard Air Force One as he flew with Bush to visit parts of Kansas devastated by tornadoes last week.
Asked whether Bush would veto the bill in its current form, Snow said: “Yes.”
Bush vetoed a $124 billion war funding bill last week because it called for a phased withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq starting no later than October 1.
Democratic leaders in the House said on Tuesday that they would try to pass a new war-funding bill to keep combat operations running for the next two or three months while also forcing a troop withdrawal vote in July.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, a Wisconsin Democrat, said the bill he and Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania had drafted would give Bush “two more months to demonstrate there was a prayer his plan can succeed.”
In the meantime, Bush would have to deliver to Congress by July 13 progress reports about Iraqi military units in taking over operations from U.S. forces, along with reports on Iraq’s progress in passing an oil revenue distribution law and other measures to create domestic political stability.