AOC’s Bill to Block Military Recruitment Funding Fails
Progressive Rep amendment rejected by House
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's amendment to limit U.S. military recruitment funding failed on Thursday in 292-126 vote rejected by the U.S. House.
The 2-to-1 defeat of AOC's bill means the military can continue posting recruitment ads on streaming platform Twitch, which is used by online gamers.
But Ocasio-Cortez appealed to convince lawmakers to back her proposal.
“War is not a game,” she wrote.
“Twitch is a popular platform for children FAR under the age of military recruitment rules. We should not conflate military service with ‘shoot-em-up’ style games and contests."
“The Marines pulled out of Twitch for a reason,” she added.
"It’s time to follow their lead.”
- War is not a game— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 30, 2020
- Twitch is a popular platform for children FAR under the age of military recruitment rules
- We should not conflate military service with “shoot-em-up” style games and contests
The Marines pulled out of Twitch for a reason.
It’s time to follow their lead. https://t.co/eXOPyzTDDy
The ESports Observer reported that the Army, Navy, Air Force and National Guard use sponsorships and partnerships in the world of so-called “e-sports,."
In May, Military.com cited a 2019 Marine Corps recruiting document that was submitted to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services.
“The national marketing brand strategy does not include future plans to establish eSports teams or create branded games,” the Marine Corps wrote.
This is due in part to the belief that the brand and issues associated with combat are too serious to be ‘gamified’ in a responsible manner.”
Ocasio-Cortez tried to put a positive spin on the outcome.
“The good news: a majority of the Dem party supported this amendment,” she wrote.
“That’s really a solid start for this being the first time this issue has been brought before Congress.”
The good news: a majority of the Dem party supported this amendment.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 30, 2020
That’s a really solid start for this being the first time this issue has been brought before Congress.
We’ve made great strides since *that* Senate FB hearing, but we’ve got a lot of room to still improve!
The New York Democrat’s proposal for the defense funding comes amid controversy surrounding the e-sports teams of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, the Military Times reported.
Each branch maintains a competitive e-sports team and an online presence as a tool for recruiting.