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Congress will allow the military to continue sponsoring sports

The House rejected a plan to trim military funding used to sponsor sports like NASCAR, in order to attract recruits.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. on pit road before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, July 7, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Earnhardt is sponsored by the National Guard.

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NASCAR and bass fishing can count on the military to keep the sponsorship money coming.

The House voted Wednesday night to continue spending millions for the military to back sports to attract recruits for the all-volunteer force. On a vote of 216-202, the House rejected an amendment by Reps. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., and Betty McCollum, D-Minn., that would have trimmed $72.3 million for sports sponsorships from a $608 billion defense bill for fiscal 2013.

The measure had targeted the money the National Guard spends to sponsor Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's most popular driver, as well as IndyCar Series driver JR Hildebrand. It also would have cut money the Army spends on the National Hot Rod Association drag racing, funds the Marine Corps uses for the Ultimate Fighting Championship and money spent on bass fishing.


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