Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell doesn't appear to be budging when it comes to war-funding legislation that sets a timetable for troop withdrawals.
He's blocked Senate passage of a measure that would keep U.S. operations in Iraq funded for several more months, but set a goal of bringing most troops home by December of next year. President Bush is threatening a veto.
In a statement, McConnell said that troops and families "deserve to know" that soldiers will have funding by the time Congress leaves for Christmas.
Two leading House Democrats say they calculate the military has enough money to continue operations through March by eating into its 471 billion-dollar annual budget.
But a Pentagon spokesman says the military has only limited transfer authority.
The two Democrats add that they won't support more money for the war this year unless President Bush accepts a timetable for withdrawal.
Last week, the House passed the 50 billion-dollar bill that would keep operations afloat for several more months.