Six GOP senators have announced their intentions ahead of Tuesday's Judiciary Committee vote on the Supreme Court nominee.
The aid is partly to offset anger at the US-supported counterinsurgency campaign.
On Tuesday, Congress passed the spending bill to keep the government running - 160 days late, and not without some unusual friction between House and Senate leaders.
He has criticized Bush’s attempts to trump Congress, especially on war issues.
The speaker of the House prepared Democrats for the prospect of electoral victories at a Monitor Breakfast Tuesday.