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,” Zuckerman wrote.
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 agencies.
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.
This is one that conservatives need to hammer on. "Earmark Harry" has consistently been in the top 5 or top 10 senators (depending on the year) using earmarks. For all his grandstanding on the national stage that "immigration reform is his highest priority", he's using those he claims to want to help to push an indefinite earmark of 1 BILLION dollars in deficit spending every 10 years on the American people to benefit his patrons.
Harry Reid is worth Millions! and has NEVER had a real job outside the Taxpayer ! Yet he is Filthy Rich. No Vote until each Senator publicy answers voters. Reid is a crook, and now he's stealing our kids Futures. ` The Republican Senators who support this, have sealed their Fate ! No Mercy.........! Townhall the Senate. Make them Answer !!! `
I've already let Senators Pyor & Boozman know any vote other than nae will be contrary what is best for the country & will be held against them both . If the congress gets this immigration bill wrong we as a republic will be doomed to becoming another 3rd world nation , we're so close now .
He had one job outside of being an elected or appointed official, as head of the Nevada Gaming Commission. Like Kerry he flips and flops...he was against Roe VS Wade, and he stated marriage was between and man and a woman....but he changed his mind. He is a Quintessential HACK Democrat pol.
you know how Reid became rich, it was after elected, his main windfall came from buying a worthless track of land in Nevada. appropriated a bridge and highway that wasn't needed or asked for, and sold the property for a huge amount, ergo, that's who Nevada re-elected, who has done nothing for the homeowner as to the massive foreclosure fraud in that/his state. (since there are 4.6 bankster lobbyists per senator and congressman in the beltway area, buying up senators and congressman)The state legislators has, but not Reid, he's piling up ways to get rich calling it legislation. WHAT A JOKE.
No. We need to repeal both. If you want a free country, the America we used to have, the answer is NOT to support unconstitutional laws and policy anathema to our freedoms and use them against your political opponents. That is the problem, not the solution.
Yep. Honest truth: too many women and minorities in positions of power who are beholden to their Democrat masters. Ask yourself: why is the US Post Office failing? Why are US School systems failing? Look at who is in charge... .
Hard to argue with that - our government schools are over 90% leftist among teachers, administrators and unions, and CANNOT ever make budget, but we keep giving them more money. It's embarrassing, really. Why aren't these people subjected to the same level of accountability private sector employees have? If you continue to run a sinking ship you get replaced because you have proven you are unable to think towards a way to make it balance - feel free to include the chief leftist Obama in that analysis.
While this is true, Obama made sure he appointed women and minorities purposefully not for their intelligence, wit, or experience but to curry favor. Thus, they find themselves indebted to him like a ball and chain whether they wanted to or not. Were it me, this wouldn't make me feel very good about myself.
This is how our Congress works folks. They know that we will hear about it, but they just don't have to care because the voters will reelect them anyway since voters just assume that they can't change it. I guess that old crook, Harry Reid, didn't get Obama's memo about "Hope and Change".
Rubio thinks the Dems are in earnest when they agree they want to fix a system that is broken. Dems wish to keep a group they can treat as the "underclass" to practice class warfare with. The Dem party does not want to fix immigration. Sadly neither does the GOP for different reasons. It boils down to nobody in Wash actually wants to fix any of this mess...the status quo fits both parties nicely but a crisis must not go to waste so Wash to the rescue!
Yeah Rubio fell off the people wagon quick, he's another taker, back door deals, it looks as if he'll be the worst thing that came out of Florida in years. Vote him out; instead of driving home the truth, he's sold out with nothing of value to the people, GOP or Dems, really no difference.
and a RINO involved!!!! when does it end??? purge DC top to bottom---is anyone legit??? don't think so---I hear gunfire---just wishful thinking??? America is not happy--time to take it back??? I'm onboard with that!!! OMG