White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan said the administration has no current plans for such a four- or five-year budget.
''We don't know what the costs are,'' Buchan said. ''We've talked about the '04 budget process. We haven't even put forward costs for '04, because at this point we can't accurately estimate them.''
Administration officials are beginning to provide a glimpse into the level of need in the war-torn country. On Wednesday, L. Paul Bremer III, the administration's civilian administrator in Iraq, said $13 billion will be required to meet ''foreseeable power demands,'' and another $16 billion will be needed over the next four years ''just getting decent water to the population.''
Lugar, who said that he still supports the US military action, said that a White House budget on reconstruction that lays out spending over four years would demonstrate to critics that the United States has ''staying power'' in Iraq.
''If there is security, if there is a plan, if there is a certainty that the US and a growing number of countries were going to be involved for years, that's different,'' Lugar said.