U.S. House Votes Down Amendment That Would Have Stopped The Military Recruiting Via Twitch

U.S. House Votes Down Amendment That Would Have Stopped The Military Recruiting Via Twitch
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Following recent controversies surrounding the U.S. military’s efforts to recruit teens via Twitch, U.S. Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this week proposed an amendment that would have banned the armed forces from any further attempts. This evening, the proposal was voted down.

When presenting the amendment, Ocasio-Cortez gave a speech where she outlined the way Twitch is full of kids as young as 12-13, and that service in the military is far too serious a concern to be “gamified” in the way the Army and Navy have recently been caught trying:

Despite this, and the fact that AOC’s own Democratic party controls the House, the amendment failed to pass when 103 Democrats joined Republicans in voting it down.

For her part, and aside from the larger issue of trying to take on the military industrial complex, AOC had other issues involved in trying to gather support for the amendment:

The amendment specifically targeted the Pentagon’s budget, and would have stopped any funding being allocated towards recruitment efforts on Twitch.


  • As usual AOC says something sensible – and no-one listens.

    I’m not too happy with Australian politics either, but if I were in America I think I’d be a nervous wreck, it’s like the people in charge are delibeately trying to avoid doing anything logical or sensible.

      • When has she said stupid things? I can’t think of one off the top of my head.

        Also, do you think this isn’t sensible? The military directly hooking into childrens’ social circles and telling them about how cool and COD-like the military is?

        Did you never see the Yvan eht nioj episode?

  • Quite demoralizing that it was dropped by the majorly Democrat House. That means that even after the (hopefully!!) upcoming change of administration, it will still be a hard sell. I think that AOC hit the nail when she lamented how difficult it would be to explain the crux of the issue to the tech-challenged old dinosaurs of the house. They most likely went “if we can’t understand the issue, it must not be important”.

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