WASHINGTON — President Reagan, facing a bruising battle on Capitol Hill, formally notified Congress on Monday of the Administration's intent to sell Jordan up to $1.9 billion worth of advanced weapons.
The Administration justified the proposed sale on grounds that Jordan cannot not be expected to enforce any peace agreement with Israel "without the political and military support of the United States."
The Administration went ahead with the biggest weapons deal ever offered to Jordan despite warnings from Congress that the package faces near-certain defeat. Congress has 30 days in which to disapprove the sale.
"The proposed sale is in the best interests of both the United States and Jordan because it meets Jordan's legitimate security requirements and furthers our mutual objectives of fostering a just and lasting peace in the region," the Administration said in a statement sent to Congress by the Pentagon.