Tightening the Purse Strings:

Lawmakers already have a backup plan to follow a promised veto by President Bush on the current war on terror supplemental; they plan to supply funding for only two months, reports The Hill. On Friday, Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), chairman of the defense appropriations panel, called such a move “very likely.” Another appropriator, Rep. James Moran (D-Va.) said that a two-month bill would fund troops but reduce the President’s options. However, he acknowledged that it would fund the surge in ground forces. Without passage of a supplemental bill to cover the surge, the Pentagon already plans to take money from the Air Force and Navy to support Army operations.