House Authorizers Say "Hold the Phone" on National Guard NASCAR Changes
House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Buck McKeon (R-CA), sent a letter yesterday to the House Rules Committee arguing that the provision in the Appropriations bill related to prohibiting the use of funds for sports sponsorship is subject to a point of order. In essence, he is arguing that the provision is authorizing in an appropriations bill, which he believes goes beyond what the Appropriations Committee is allowed to do, and is instead under the jurisdiction of his committee, who are the authorizers.
This provision is distinguishable from other prohibitions on the use of funds because it includes duties, such as defining semi-professional sporting event, that are not already in law.
This will likely continue to be a point of contention until the House Defense Appropriations bill comes to the House floor in 2 weeks.