Rep. Gosar Continues Fight to Prohibit Government Travel Cards from Being Used for Gambling and Strippers

Mar 17, 2016 Issues: Government Oversight and Regulatory Reform, Spending Cuts and Debt

For Immediate Release

Date: March 17, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith


WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after submitting  a bipartisan language request to the House Appropriations Committee for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Defense Appropriations bill seeking to retain his rider which prohibits Department of Defense (DoD) travel card funds from being used for gambling and adult entertainment:

“It is unthinkable that the president’s budget request seeks to remove a provision I successfully championed last year prohibiting DoD travel card funds from being used for gambling and strippers. This inexcusable action defies commonsense and further corroborates the reckless behavior of the Obama Administration. Shamefully, DoD has tried to justify this behavior stating, ‘The extremely low percentage of transactions and related spend[ing] in the report, personal use at casinos and/or adult establishments, while high risk in nature, does not appear to be a critical problem within the DoD travel card program.’

“5,337 government transactions squandering more than a million gambling at casinos and strip clubs in less than a year is a critical problem within the DoD travel card program. The American people are sick and tired of their tax dollars constantly being abused by careless and incompetent federal agencies. I refuse to be complicit in this affront to hard-working taxpayers nationwide. The Constitution gives us the power of the purse to defund this blatant exploitation. Congress must retain the Gosar rider.”


The Congressman’s language request to the House Appropriations Committee can be found HERE.

A May 2015 DoD Inspector General (IG) Report found that a large number of DoD travel cards were used to gamble at casinos and at adult entertainment establishments. Specifically, the IG found that from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, cardholders made 4,437 transactions totaling nearly a million dollars on their government issued travel cards at casinos for personal use.  During that same period, there were also 900 other government transactions totaling about $100,000 at adult entertainment establishments.

This language was identical to Gosar amendment that was unanimously adopted by the House during FY 2016 in the form of H.AMDT.496 to H.R.2685.

Four members of the House joined Congressman Gosar in submitting this bipartisan language request including: John Fleming, Ruben Gallego, Walter Jones and Beto O’Rourke.