President Bush and Congress are considering whether to give Israel nearly $1 billion for its Persian Gulf war expenses, government officials say.

The House Appropriations Committee planned to vote Tuesday on legislation providing $42.6 billion to cover war costs, of which $15 billion would come from U.S. taxpayers. The rest of the funds would come from assistance that allied nations have promised the United States for its war effort.As the vote approached, officials said Bush and top aides were trying to decide whether to give Israel any of the $910 million the Jewish state has requested for its expenses during the war.