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Sens. Reid and Heller stuff immigration bill with Vegas pork

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By Doug Powers  •  June 24, 2013 12:40 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Harry Reid in a hurry is always the best indicator that it’s time to slow things down. For the latest example of the kind of thing that is being passed off under the guise of “immigration reform,” Harry Reid has teamed up with his Republican counterpart from Nevada to throw some love to Las Vegas:

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.

Read it all here and weep.

It seems like only yesterday Americans were being told not to blow their money on Vegas. I guess it’s alright though if politicians do it for us.

**Written by Doug Powers

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