The House on Wednesday night removed language in the 2013 Department of Defense spending bill that would have prevented DOD from sponsoring NASCAR or other sporting events as part of its recruiting efforts.
The funding limitation language was placed in the bill by Reps. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) and Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), when the bill was in committee. But House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said he would raise a point of order against it on the floor.
Rep. Steve Palazzo (R-Miss.) raised that point of order Wednesday evening, and it was successfully upheld by the presiding officer.Kingston and McCollum knew the amendment would get kicked out, and prepared an amendment to the bill adding it back in. But that amendment was rejected late Wednesday in a close 202-216 vote in which most Republicans opposed it and most Democrats supported it.
The amendment was the subject of a lengthy debate earlier in the day, in which Kingston charged that DOD speeds $72 million, supposedly on recruiting efforts, but has no way to measure whether the effort works.
If you haven’t heard by now, there’s a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that includes an amendment that would ban military sponsorships of NASCAR race teams.
Not surprisingly, all of NASCAR seems completely outraged by this. From drivers to media to fans, there’s a level of disgust that Congress would dare cut the amount of tax dollars being spent on sponsorships for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s National Guard car and Ryan Newman’s U.S. Army car, among others.
But is Congress really doing the wrong thing?
USA Today quoted a National Guard spokesman last week who revealed some shocking numbers: In the 2012 fiscal year, nearly 25,000 individuals contacted the Guard because of Earnhardt Jr.’s sponsorship.
But of those people, only 20 people were actually qualified candidates. And get this: NONE actually joined the National Guard.
So at a cost of $26 million to taxpayers, the National Guard added a total of zero recruits directly due to its sponsorship of the No. 88 car.
Check the story for the hateful tweets sent to Rep. Betty McCollum, a Minnesota Democrat who has tried to ban the sponsorship. I thought Republicans were all about spending cuts.
He’s trying hard to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, isn’t he?
Mitt Romney went to the Daytona 500 NASCAR race Sunday for what should have been a chance to show he’s one of the guys. Instead, in casual conversation with an Associated Press reporter at the Florida track, he reminded people once again that he is not exactly a regular Joe.
Asked by the AP reporter if he follows NASCAR, Romney responded, “Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.”
Democrats and liberals quickly ridiculed the remark on Twitter. “I don’t know people who fish but I know people who own yachts,” tweeted Brad Woodhouse, communications director of the Democratic National Committee. Ari Melber, a writer for the liberal Nation magazine who apparently was watching the Oscars, tweeted: “Do I like movies? Well I have some friends who own movie companies.”
No, really. Is he just fucking with us at this point? I imagine you make so much money that eventually, you run out of things on which to spend said money. So troll-rific presidential run?
“Mitt Romney then excused himself so that he could have a ‘refreshing swim in his money bin’.”
Kurt Busch apparently gave Michelle Obama and Jill Biden the finger at a NASCAR race during an initiative honoring military troops and families.
Here’s his sponsors page, and some contact info for them:
He has a right to free speech. He can give the bird to anyone he wants from inside his own car out on the street. But he is acting as an official agent of his sponsors on the track and they should be aware of it.
Ok, there’s the outrage, here’s the good part.