Swalwell Leads Return of Military Marching Bands

Rep. Eric Swalwell in 2012.
CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act sponsored by Rep. Eric Swalwell and allowing military bands to perform at community events was signed into law by President Obama last Dec. 26.
Swalwell reported the successful inclusion of his amendment in a press release Monday and on Twitter. “Pres.Obama signs bill w my amendment allowing military bands to play again at events like Pleasanton Scottish Games,” he wrote on various social media sites.
Sequestration cuts last year forced the U.S. Department of Defense to cut spending for among other things, expenses related to military bands. The policies also forbid military marching bands from performing even when non-government means of funding were located beforehand.
A Marine Corps marching band from San Diego, a routine guest of the games, did not perform at this year’s event, even though funding from the San Francisco-based Caledonian Club was available.
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