Buried in the thousands of pages of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735) which passed the Senate on June 22, 2015 is a specific provision that will specifically prohibit the US Department of Defense from making payment to NFL sport franchises in exchange for “honoring troops at major sporting events.”
It read as follows:
“SEC. 342A. Prohibition on contracts to facilitate payment for honoring members of the Armed Forces at Sporting Events
It is the sense of the Senate that–
(1) the Army National Guard has paid professional sports organizations to honor members of the Armed Forces;
(2) any organization wishing to honor members of the Armed Forces should do so on a voluntary basis, and the Department of Defense should take action to ensure that no payments be made for such activities in the future; and
(3) any organization, including the National Football League, that has accepted taxpayer funds to honor members of the Armed Forces should consider directing an equivalent amount of funding in the form of a donation to a charitable organization that supports members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.
(1) IN GENERAL.–Subchapter I of chapter 134 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 2241a the following new section: “§2241b. Prohibition on contracts providing payments for activities to honor members of the armed forces
“(a) Prohibition.–The Department of Defense may not enter into any contract or other agreement under which payments are to be made in exchange for activities by the contractor intended to honor, or giving the appearance of honoring, members of the armed forces (whether members of the regular components or the reserve components) at any form of sporting event.
“(b) Construction.–Nothing in subsection (a) shall be construed as prohibiting the Department from taking actions to facilitate activities intended to honor members of the armed forces at sporting events that are provided on a pro bono basis or otherwise funded with non-Federal funds if such activities are provided and received in accordance with applicable rules and regulations regarding the acceptance of gifts by the military departments, the armed forces, and members of the armed forces.”
Source: Congressional Record
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