WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House is debating a bill Thursday calling for most U.S. troops to leave Iraq by April 1, 2008.
Democrats say they are confident that a handful of Republicans will support their legislation.
Representatives Walter Jones, R-North Carolina, and Wayne Gilchrest, R-Maryland, voted for previous Democratic attempts to set a timetable for withdrawal, and they will do so again today.
"After four and a half years of staying the course, what's the definition of staying the course? And the definition of victory? To me, this is a step in the right direction," said Jones.
But House Republican Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, believes that most of his Republican colleagues are unwilling to challenge the president's handling of the war until General David Petraeus releases his report on September 15.
At a closed door meeting on Wednesday, Boehner called Republicans who break with the president "wimps."
"It was a way of illustrating the point that we ought to give the generals on the ground and our troops a chance to succeed," said Boehner, in defense of his comment.
– CNN Producer Evan Glass