[Rushtalk] CASINO KICKBACK: REID, adds INTO IMMIGRATION BILL for Las Vegas
winblows at lavabit.com
Tue Jul 2 18:11:30 MDT 2013
Considering ObombA trash talked the Casinos and hurt the business its
proper they be repaid.
CASINO CRONY KICKBACK: REID, HELLER SLIP LAS VEGAS TOURISM HANDOUT INTO
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV)
have inserted a provision that amounts to little more than a handout to
Las Vegas casinos into the repackaged immigration reform bill, Breitbart
News has learned. This provision, a brazen example of crony capitalism,
was inserted into the immigration law enforcement section of the bill
despite the fact that it has nothing whatsoever to do with "immigration"
or "law enforcement."
On page 66 of the repackaged bill, the following provision appears:
“CORPORATION FOR TRAVEL PROMOTION.—Sec- 9(d)(2)(B) of the Travel
Promotion Act of 2009 (22 U.S.C. 2131(d)(2)(B)) is amended by
striking ‘‘For each of fiscal years 2012 through 2015,’’ and
inserting ‘‘For each fiscal year after 2012.”
The Travel Promotion Act (TPA) of 2009 allows the Secretary of the U.S.
Treasury to spend up to $100 million on promoting travel to specific
areas of the country. If the provision Reid and Heller inserted into the
proposed immigration reform legislation becomes law, the benefits of the
TPA would be extended indefinitely.
As the Heritage Foundation’s Jena McNeill wrote in June 2009, the Travel
Promotion Act creates “a government-run public relations campaign funded
by a tax on international visitors.” After the law was passed, the PR
campaign touting Las Vegas casinos and other tourist destinations in the
U.S. using that tax was rolled into a government-run corporation called
“Brand USA.” In October 2012, Jim DeMint and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)
released a report that “reveals a history of waste, abuse, patronage,
and lax oversight” with the Brand USA program and the Department of
Commerce that oversees it.
When the Travel Promotion Act was passed in 2009, the Las Vegas Casino
industry and the Las Vegas Strip officially thanked Reid for passing it.
Among others, Bally’s Casino ran an advertisement on their electronic
billboard on the Strip thanking Reid for its passage, a billboard Reid
promoted on his website.
“The recently signed into law Travel Promotion Act is going to greatly
benefit Nevada because we have so many wonderful tourist attractions,” a
2009 post from Reid’s website reads. “Senator Reid fought so hard to
pass this bill because he knew that it would mean thousands of jobs for
Nevada as foreign tourists flock to Las Vegas, Reno, and Lake Tahoe.
Yesterday a number of hotels on the Las Vegas Strip showed Senator Reid
their appreciation for his efforts on behalf of Nevada by thanking him
in their marquees.”
Heritage’s Jessica Zuckerman wrote in a 2012 post based off DeMint’s and
Coburn’s report ripping the program that Congress “should leave the
promotion of tourism to the private sector.”
“Instead, Congress and the Administration should focus on making it
easier, safer, and more efficient for travelers to come to the U.S by
improving U.S. visa services and expanding the Visa Waiver Program, the
very program that is helping to fund Brand USA’s misguided efforts,”
Current law would fund the government-run program through 2015. But, now
Reid and Heller have inserted an indefinite expansion of it into a bill
that has nothing to do with tourism, and into a section of the bill that
was supposed to be aimed at adding additional Border Patrol and U.S.
Customs Border Protection officers to the current staffs of those
The provision was inserted under “Sec. 1102,” which is titled:
“Additional U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Officers.” That section falls under “Title I: Border Security and Other
Provisions,” “Subtitle A--Border Security” in the repackaged bill.
Heller is a co-sponsor of the revised bill; he was not a sponsor of the
bill in its original form.
Reid has consistently pushed projects that benefit big casinos over the
course of his career.
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