( Stuff ) - A military funding bill moving through Congress will not contain any money to begin building a controversial US missile defence system in Europe, a senior Democrat in the US House of Representatives has said.
Rep John Murtha, the Pennsylvania Democrat who chairs a House Appropriations panel that oversees military spending, told reporters that legislation will move this week without any funds for the project, which has been protested by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"We don't even have the basic agreement between Poland and the United States," Murtha said in justifying Congress' refusal to fund the programme in the current fiscal year, which extends until next September 30.
Last week, President George W Bush stressed the need for installing the 10 missile interceptors in Poland and radar in Czech Republic at a total cost of about $US3.5 billion ($NZ4.62 billion).
Bush asked Congress to provide $US310 million this year.