WASHINGTON - In grudging concessions to President Bush, Democrats intend to draft an Iraq war-funding bill without a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops and shorn of billions of dollars in spending on domestic programs, officials said yesterday.

The legislation would include the first federal minimum-wage increase in more than a decade, a top priority for the Democrats, the officials said.

While details remained subject to change, the measure is designed to close the books by Friday on a bruising veto fight between Bush and the Democratic-led Congress over the war. It would provide funds for military operations in Iraq through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.

Democrats in both houses are expected to seek other opportunities later this year to challenge Bush's handling of the war.

Bush vetoed one Iraq measure this spring, citing a troop-withdrawal timeline and spending that Democrats had included. The rejected legislation included $21 billion more than he requested, and while some of it was targeted for the military, most was for domestic programs.

Democratic officials stressed that key issues remained unsettled, and an evening meeting of rank-and-file House members was postponed.

One major uncertainty involved the spending that Democrats in both houses hope to include for victims of Hurricane Katrina, farmers hit by natural disaster, health care for low-income children, and other programs. While determined to avert a second veto, they also are hoping that an appetite for spending among GOP lawmakers will prod the administration to accept more than it would like.

Another matter to be decided by House leaders was whether to split the legislation into two bills, one containing the war funding and the minimum wage, and the other reserved for the domestic spending.

The officials who spoke did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss developments before they were presented to the rank and file.

Democrats in Congress have insisted for months they would not give Bush a blank check for his war policies, and officials said the legislation was expected to include political and military goals for the Iraqi government to meet toward establishing a more democratic society.

Failure to make progress toward the goals could cost the Iraqis some of the reconstruction aid the United States has promised, though it was not clear whether Democrats intended to empower Bush to order the aid to be spent regardless of progress.

Either way, Democratic leaders have said they hope to move a war-spending bill through both houses and send it to Bush's desk by week's end.

Bush vetoed one bill this spring after Democrats included a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, and Republicans in the House upheld his rejection of the bill.

The House then passed legislation to provide war funds in two 60-day installments. Bush threatened a veto, and the measure was sidetracked in the Senate in favor of a bill that merely pledged to give the troops the resources they needed.

That set the stage for the current House-Senate negotiations on a measure to send to Bush.

The Democrats' attempt to draft war-funding legislation took place after an inconclusive meeting Friday involving White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten and the Republican and Democratic leaders of Congress.

Democrats criticized the administration for rejecting calls for a troop-withdrawal timetable even if Bush has the power to waive it. Bolten criticized Democrats for persisting with an approach that already had sparked one veto.

Both houses have approved legislation raising the minimum wage, now $5.15 an hour, to $7.25 an hour in three separate 70-cent increases over 26 months.