This week, Congress passed a spending bill that included, among other things, a ban on the use of military charge cards in Strip Clubs and Casinos. While The Defense Department claims that this is already prohibited, a 2015 agency report showed that over a 12-month period, individuals charged $952,258 at casinos and $96,576 in strip clubs. The spending act clarifies that the misuse of government-issued travel charge cards for nude entertainers and/or gaming is against the law. While President Donald Trump threatened to veto the massive $1.3 trillion spending bill, he did sign it into law.
- The recently passed 2018 omnibus spending bill includes a specific provision that bans members of the military from using Department of Defense credit cards in strip clubs and casinos.
- A 2015 Defense Department report reflected gross misuse of government credit cards to the tune of $1.1 million dollars in strip clubs and casinos over one year’s time.
- While President Trump threatened not to pass the massive spending bill, he ended up signing it just last week.
“The omnibus spending bill provision regarding improper military charge card use does not dictate what penalties should be levied against ongoing violators.”