I am writing as your constituent in the 6th Congressional district of Kentucky. I oppose H.R.4040 - To provide for the award of a gold medal on behalf of Congress to Jack Nicklaus in recognition of his service to the Nation in promoting excellence and good sportsmanship in golf., and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.
I have nothing against Jack Nicklaus or the great past-time of golf. However, the purpose of our government is to "form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity." Nowhere in this mandate is the function of using taxpayer dollars to issue an award to a sportsplayer, especially one who already has many awards for his performances over the years.
This bill is a waste of time and money, and should be dropped immediately.
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