A bill designed to cut military spending for sponsorships of the UFC, professional racing, and professional bass fishing was rejected by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bi-partisan bill sponsored by Reps. Jack Kingston (R-GA) and Betty McCollum (D-MN) was rejected by a vote of 216 to 202.
The bill would have cut $72.3 million in spending for advertising for sports organizations like NASCAR, IndyCar, and the UFC. The measure was hotly contested according to ESPN, with the discussion focusing mostly on the NASCAR and bass fishing spending.
The measure was part the U.S. House of Representatives move to trim defense spending in an effort to lower the nation’s spending on defense. The typically partisan votes of the House were not seen on the measure as the bill had supporters and detractors on both sides of the aisle.
Proponents of the bill argued the money was not vital to national security, with detractors arguing the funding was vital for recruiting efforts.