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Rep. McKinley Urges Department of Defense to Keep its Word and Support National Boy Scouts Jamboree

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Location: Washington, DC

Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-W.Va.) introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday (H.R. 1075) to prevent the Department of Defense from withdrawing its support for the upcoming Boy Scout National Jamboree in Fayette County, W.Va.

"This summer the National Boy Scout Jamboree will bring more than 85,000 Scouts from across the country to West Virginia," said McKinley. "Now, due to budget cuts the Department of Defense has announced that it would end its logistical and security support for the Jamboree. This action would negatively impact the thousands of Scouts attending the Jamboree as well as the entire region."

"It's important to protect the Jamboree from misguided cuts that would damage a thirty-year relationship between the National Guard and the Jamboree. The Department of Defense should keep its promise, and the bill I've introduced will ensure that," added McKinley.

"Just like cancelling White House tours, withdrawing support for the Boy Scouts Jamboree is intended to make a political point," said McKinley. "These cuts don't need to happen. Instead, the Obama Administration could target the billions of dollars in waste and duplication that has already been identified by the Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office. It's simply a matter of priorities."


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