House Weighs Millions Military Spends On Sports Sponsorships [View all]
Source: Associated Press
By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 4:26 PM
WASHINGTON — Congress is wrapped around the axle over the military spending millions of dollars to sponsor NASCAR cars and other sports in a bid to boost recruiting.
Republican Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia and Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota are pushing an amendment to cut $72.3 million from a $608 billion defense spending bill for military sponsorships. The House began debating the bill Wednesday. The two argue that in a time of growing deficits the money could be better spent elsewhere.
Yet the two lawmakers are facing resistance from their colleagues and sports leagues.