WASHINGTON (CNN) - In a message to Congress, President Bush urged lawmakers Friday to pass legislation to help troops in Iraq and to give them time to allow the "new war strategy to work."
"It is time to rise above partisanship," said Bush, who urged lawmakers to back the troops in the field and give them the resources they need.
He made only a brief statement in the White House Rose Garden without fielding questions from reporters. He was surrounded by veterans and military families.
Bush said Congress, which is nearing its August recess, has failed to act on a bill to provide funds for troops and resources in the coming fiscal year, including a pay raise for the military.
"Instead, the Democratic leaders chose to have a political debate on a precipitous withdrawal of our troops from Iraq," Bush said.
He said even those lawmakers who no longer back the effort in Iraq "should at least be able to provide an increase for our troops fighting there."
"Congress still has an opportunity to do right by our men and women in uniform and our national security," he said. "So today I call on Congress to take action, get this vital piece of legislation to me to sign on budget and on time."
Bush urged Congress to back the fight in Iraq, which has had "important successes" as well as "frustrating setbacks." He cited strides in Anbar province and the arrest of a leader said to be a conduit between al Qaeda in Iraq and al Qaeda central.
"These successes demonstrate the gains our troops are making in Iraq and the importance of giving our military the time they need to give their new strategy a chance to work," he said.
Bush said that many senators are too swift to conclude that the present strategy - which involves a troop increase and offensives in and near Baghdad - has failed. The troop buildup started in February and was completed last month.
"Our nation deserves a serious debate about Iraq, because the outcome of this conflict will have enormous consequences for our country," he said.