From the Key Amendments to H.R. 1 Fiscal Year 2011 Appropriations Bil
REJECTED: Prohibits Government Sponsoring of Nascar Cars(H.AMDT.92)
This amendment would prohibit the Defense Department from sponsoring cars in Nascar races. According to the amendment’s sponsor, Representative Betty McCollum, Democrat of Minnesota, the Army, Navy and National Guard have all sponsored race cars. “Incredibly, over the past decade hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars have subsidized race car owners and millionaire drivers in the name of military recruitment,” she said.
AGREE TO: Reduces Financing for the N.E.A.(H.AMDT.52)
Citing the high federal deficit, many Republicans have questioned the need to support arts programs with government financing. This amendment was introduced to reduce financing for the National Endowment for the Arts back to fiscal 2006 levels (about $21 million). It passed in a tight vote.