WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Christopher Dodd urged Congress on Wednesday to stop funding combat missions in Iraq and use the billions in savings to rebuild the nation's military.
The Connecticut senator said he will introduce an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would remedy the situation.
"Millions of dollars a week are being squandered in Iraq ... while our nation's military is calling out for additional resources to repair the damage caused by the administration's policies," Dodd said.
His proposal came as the Senate convened for what its Democratic leaders said would be an all-night debate on the war in advance of a hoped-for vote on another amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. If approved, U.S. combat forces would return home by April 30.
Senate Majority Leader Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said he hopes the amendment introduced by him and Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island can go to the chamber's floor for a vote on Thursday.
However, the chances of that happening are slim.