Three Democratic congressmen have announced plans to draft legislation that would impose a war surtax to pay for operations in Iraq as a way to demonstrate their opposition to the war.

Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, held a press conference with Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., vice chairman of the Rules Committee. They said they would not take up President Bush's request for nearly $200 billion in war supplemental funding, calling it a "dead end policy," and said that the cost of the war should not be borne by future generations.

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