House Republican Leader Robert H. Michel of Illinois said Tuesday that he will try to continue aid to the U.S.-backed contras in Nicaragua on a temporary basis after current aid runs out on Sept. 30.
The Reagan Administration has given Congress notice that it intends to ask for $270 million in contra aid for 18 months but has not said when the request would be submitted. It has promised not to ask for more aid before Sept. 30.
Michel told reporters at the White House that he will seek to amend a 30-day or 45-day catchall bill to fund government programs when it comes to the House floor. He said he will propose contra aid at the same level as the current $100-million annual rate.