SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz says Congress is wasting its time by honoring sports champions.
Chaffetz is boycotting the practice of passing resolutions that honor sports champions. Chaffetz recently began voting "present" on such resolutions. Chaffetz told ABC 4 News he became fed up during a recent resolution to honor the University of Maryland men's basketball team, before the 2010 NCAA tournament began.
Chaffetz claims the resolutions take about 30 minutes to pass, and with 4 or 5 of them each week, he says the practice of honoring champions and other sports heroes is a waste of time and tax payer resources in the Congress.
"I didn't get elected to do that," Chaffetz told ABC 4 News during a telephone interview on Tuesday. "We don't even have a budget yet."
When asked if he would vote for a resolution honoring the Utah Jazz (if they ever won an NBA title), Chaffetz responded, "No. There are other ways to recognize them."
Chaffetz called into question Congress' priorities as well. He said spelling bee winners, scientists, and and medical pioneers deserve the same kind of treatment reserved for professional and collegiate athletes, most of whom are barely aware of such honors.
"We've gone way overboard," said Chaffetz. "You shouldn't be watching sports on C-Span."
Chaffetz himself is a former athlete and played on the BYU football team in the late 1980s.