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Feb192011

Congress Rejects Measure to Cut Funding for NASCAR Sponsorship

Photo Courtesy - Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(WASHINGTON) -- The battle over spending continues to rage on Capitol Hill and while Republicans are keen to take an axe to the budget, the Army’s sponsorship of NASCAR was spared on Friday.

The Army spends more than $7 million a year to sponsor NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman and several million more as part of a partnership with NASCAR. It says the prominent ads on the car and presence at the track help attract recruits.

On Friday, the House gave the green light for that sponsorship to continue, rejecting an amendment introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) that would have blocked the Pentagon from using taxpayer dollars for NASCAR ads.

The amendment failed by a largely partisan vote of 281-148, with Republicans overwhelmingly voting against the measure.

McCollum called the NASCAR sponsorship a waste of taxpayer money and according to her office, the Minnesota Democrat’s fight will not end here. McCollum intends to introduce legislation that would prohibit taxpayer money from being used to sponsor race cars, dragsters, Indy cars and motorcycle racing.

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