Democrats Weigh Whether To Approve More Money For Wars

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional Democrats wrestling with funding for Iraq and Afghanistan are debating whether to approve 50 billion to 70 billion dollars, enough to buy time to consider the next big step.

President Bush has requested 196 billion dollars and Democratic leaders are grappling with the need to satisfy party members who want to spare the Pentagon from a painful budget dance and support the troops. But funding the war for a few more months would also irritate scores of other Democrats, who want to pay only to bring troops home.

Democratic leaders caution that no decisions have been made, including whether to approve any money for the wars at all.

Earlier, Democrats decided to delay until next year action on Bush's full war spending request.

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