|Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN)|
A house vote on H.R. 5856 -- the Department of Defense Appropriations Act – is set for tomorrow on Capitol Hill. The act includes an amendment, written by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn) and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) that would outlaw sponsorship of NASCAR and other professional sports teams by branches of the United States military. This week, a letter on behalf of NASCAR, IndyCar, NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball was sent to Rep. John Boehner, Speaker of the House, urging him to continue opposing the Kingston-McCollum Amendment.
The letter reads, “Given the success of the military’s use of professional sports to reach out to the American people, we encourage you to support the U.S. Armed Forces and enable them to continue to have the same access to media and venues as world leading businesses and nonprofits. Please work to remove the Kingston-McCollum Amendment from the House DOD Appropriations bill.”