Amendment 2013 Department of Defense Appropriations Act - Kingston (R-GA) | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

Amendment 2013 Department of Defense Appropriations Act - Kingston (R-GA)

July 17, 2012

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I strongly urge you to support the amendment being offered by Reps. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) and Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) to H.R. 5856, the fiscal year (FY) 2013 Department of Defense (DOD) Appropriations Act, which would ban military sponsorships of professional sports.

The DOD spent $96.1 million in FY 2011 on professional and semi-professional sports sponsorships, with the stated goal of supporting military recruitment efforts. Despite the fact that massive troop reductions are planned for the future and that this method of advertising has had limited success in getting individuals to join the military, the DOD intends to spend up to $80.3 million in FY 2012 on these profligate sponsorships.

The Kingston-McCollum amendment states that no military service will be allowed to sponsor any professional or semi-professional motorsports, fishing, mixed martial arts, wrestling, or any other sporting events or competitors. The funding ban would not apply to amateur or high school sporting events or competitors. Taxpayers should not be footing the bill for military sponsorships of any sports teams or competitors.

With a national debt that exceeds $15.8 trillion, lawmakers should focus on eliminating wasteful spending wherever it exists. I strongly urge you to support the Kingston-McCollum amendment. All votes on H.R. 5856 will be among those considered in CCAGW’s 2012 Congressional Ratings.

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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