The President wants a war funding bill.
The Democrats are smart enough to realize that they will lose this battle in the public eye if they vote against funding the troops during this election year.
So, instead the Democrats are attempting to pile additional items into the war funding bill so they have an explaination to their constituents as to why they are funding a war they say they vehemently oppose.
The Dems are looking for political cover and Bush will not give it to them.
Not too bad for a lame duck President.
But the hard line from the White House has Democrats scaling back plans to use the must-pass bill as an engine to carry everything from a summer jobs programs to a Senate proposal for $10 billion for infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges and new schools.
Republicans are eager for a battle with Democrats over add-ons to the war funding bill. Despite record low approval ratings and his status as a lame duck, Bush has to be rated as a clear favorite in any veto battle.
"If the president stands his ground on this he'll win," HouseWhip , R-Mo., said. "And I believe he's prepared to stand his ground and we'll stand with him."