(CNN) - The repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy may hit a road block in Congress next week.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, is drafting a bill that would change how - and possibly if - the repeal is implemented. The repeal law passed in December requires the president, defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to certify that the military is ready for the change. Hunter's bill would require the four service chiefs to also sign off on the policy change.
At a December hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force chiefs expressed concern about the effect a possible repeal of the ban on homosexuals openly serving in the military would have on active combat units.
Joe Kasper, a spokesman for Hunter, said the congressman wants the chiefs involved in the process to ensure the repeal "doesn't impact combat readiness."
Kasper said Hunter has 18 co-sponsors for the bill, but expects to receive "an avalanche of co-sponsors" after he circulates the draft to his colleagues.
The tentative plan is to introduce the bill in the middle of next week.
Hunter, a Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, opposed the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," which passed in the lame-duck session of Congress. However, even if the bill passes in the House, it is unlikely that the Senate would consider similar legislation. Such a bill would also face a presidential veto.
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