The House Appropriations Committee today passed a defense bill that includes $3 billion more than proposed by President Barack Obama.
But thanks to U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, the bill also bars the Pentagon from spending money on sporting events – whether NASCAR, the Braves or the Savannah Sand Gnats — for recruitment purposes. From The Hill newspaper:
The amendment was proposed by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) last year, but this time Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) took up the proposal, which prohibits military funding sponsoring semi-professional and professional sporting events.
Kingston said in committee that cutting sports sponsorship funding — which is used for recruiting efforts by the military — was a “great place to send a signal” as the military cuts its budgets, as well as 100,000 troops.
Defense subcommittee chairman Bill Young (R-Fla.) said he did not support the amendment because the military should be visible in the community, but it was adopted on a voice vote.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider