House votes to nix military bands at dinners, dances
WASHINGTON — The next base Christmas party might not feature any active-duty flutists or tuba players.
The House on Thursday passed legislation sponsored by former A-10 pilot Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., that bars the military from using its many troop bands to entertain at dinners, dances and social events.
The bill limits performances to formal military ceremonies and funeral honors.
It is the latest attempt to cut back the roughly $500 million that the Defense Department spends annually on bands, which date back to the birth of the country’s armed forces but have recently run into criticism as Congress wrangles with tight budgets.
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