The House will overwhelmingly vote to block tentative plans to send Coast Guard patrol boats to the Persian Gulf because of public fears about drugs, says the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
"It's not going to even be close" said Rep. Les Aspin, D-Wis., referring to a proposal introduced to stop the plan now being considered by the Pentagon.The ban will be voted upon by the House next week as the chamber continues consideration of the Pentagon budget bill.
Even though the bill won't become law for several months because the Senate hasn't yet considered its version of the same measure, a strong House vote against the plan will likely kill it, Aspin said Thursday.
"As a practical political matter, the administration would not be wise to do something that a large majority of Congress is against, and this amendment will win easily," Aspin explained.
The tentative plan calls for taking six of the Coast Guard's 110-foot Island-class patrol boats off anti-drug duty and sending them to the Persian Gulf. Built for shallow waters, the boats would help the Navy patrol the war-torn area.