US House Democrats seek support on Iraq funding bill

US House leaders on Wednesday worked to rally rank-and-file Democrats behind a $195 billion measure to pay for the war in Iraq through next spring and provide education help to veterans as well as relief for the jobless. At the same time, protests by Republicans threatened to delay a vote until next week. Democratic leaders hoped to bring the bill to a vote on Thursday, but a revolt by Republicans upset with Democrats' handling of the war funding measure left the House schedule in chaos. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, said Wednesday that stalling tactics by Republicans may result in the measure not coming up until next week.