House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this afternoon that Democrats will bring to the floor -- possibly as early as Friday -- a bill that would provide the president with only $50 billion of the approximately $200 billion he wants for the Iraq war and condition even that money on withdrawing most U.S. troops by the end of 2008.
Noting the failure to get such proposals adopted in the past, a reporter asked Pelosi whether she has "any increased expectation of this actually becoming law or policy" this time around.
Her response: "Well, we are restating the differentiation between ourselves and the president of the United States. The American people have spoken very clearly about their opposition to the course of action in Iraq. I believe that this legislation gives voice to the concerns of the American people, and, at the same time, strives to meet the needs of our troops."