New Bill Targets Pentagon’s Use of Tax Money for Drag Shows

New Bill Targets Pentagon's Use of Tax Money for Drag Shows

( On Wednesday, Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) unveiled a bill that would forbid the Pentagon from paying for drag queen shows or utilizing taxpayer-funded venues to conduct them.

The Navy recently acknowledged inviting an active-duty drag queen to serve as a Navy Digital Ambassador to aid with the service’s recruitment difficulties, which led to the bill’s filing.

READ: The Navy’s Latest ‘WOKE’ Strategy to Attract Recruits

In a statement, Rubio stated:

“The DoD needs to get their priorities straight. Congress shouldn’t have to enact legislation telling them to use their taxpayer funding on military equipment instead of adult cabarets; that’s common sense. I’m proud to join Senator Daines in introducing this legislation to keep our military focused on what matters most.”

Added Daines:

“Our military’s mission is clear: to provide the military forces needed to deter and win wars and to protect the security of our country and our allies. Allowing the DoD to become a branch of far-Left helping to promote their radical gender ideology by hosting and promoting drag queen performances is a threat to our national security and gross misuse of taxpayer funds. This must be stopped immediately.”

The military has let drag queen events be performed on bases. The Navy’s drag queen influencer spoke about performing drag shows while deployed on an aircraft carrier in 2017 and 2018.

Drag queen story hours have also been held at military locations. A drag queen story hour was going to be held at the Ramstein Air Force Base library in Germany last year when Rubio stepped in.

The Navy’s attempts to increase interest among young people come amidst a historic recruitment crisis.

A survey from the Ronald Reagan Institute found that only 13% of 18-29-year-olds are “highly willing” to join the military. Twenty-five percent are “somewhat willing,” and 26% are “not willing at all.”

The influencer is Joshua Kelley, a Yeoman 2nd Class in the United States Navy who is 24 years old and goes by the stage name “Harpy Daniels.”

The bill’s original sponsors are Senators Ted Budd (R-NC), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Tom Cotton (R-AR).

Copyright 2023,