We had the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase and the Abortion Lie in ObamaCare. In the immigration bill we have Casino Kickback, courtesy of Nevada Senator Harry Reid (NV) and Republican Nevada Senator Dean Heller – who once upon a time, before he was elected to Congress, was against the DREAM Act, anchor babies and any kind of amnesty. Reid and Heller inserted language into the bill to continue the Treasury/Commerce Department’s $100 MILLION Travel Promotion Act, which was due to expire. Let’s be truthful, Las Vegas would have little tourism if not for casinos and glitzy hotels. The votes of casino workers (rumored to be bussed to the polls by the Reid campaign) and the donations of hotel owners provide a one-way highway back to Capitol Hill for Reid, probably not so for Heller, although he is selling his soul to make it happen. The city’s McCarran airport doesn’t qualify for one of the Top 10 International airports across the country and it has a long way to go. Taxes on international visitors are touted to pay for the Travel Promotion Act – so according to the new immigration bill, foreigners arriving after the bill becomes law, can come, overstay their Visa and apply for a green card. The legislation in the immigration bill makes the Travel Promotion Act permanent – no expiration date. For Conservatives, the spotlight should be on Dean Heller, no Harry Reid.
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.” Source: Breitbart
Nevada journalist Jon Ralston at The Ralston Report offers his opinion of how Senator Dean Heller “learned to love amnesty:” (I don’t know Ralston’s political positions and am not familiar with his work, but I do know about Heller’s past voting record)
That time was Oct. 15, 2012, a few weeks before the appointed senator became an elected senator by a thin, 12,000-vote margin, despite losing Hispanics by a staggering 41 points. It was Heller’s second electoral near-death experience in six years, and he would react just as he had when Sharron Angle almost defeated him (he won by 421 votes) for Congress in 2006 — he would, ahem, adapt.
Since Election Day 2012, Heller has undergone a remarkable metamorphosis, from Sen. No Amnesty to Sen. Immigration Reform Broker. All the two personas have in common is that they postures rather than positions, and neither is very believable. This is the same protean politician who was a maverick, hardly partisan secretary of state who suddenly became a super-conservative after Angle almost defeated him in that congressional primary…
Here’s the truth: From the day Heller awoke on the day after the election in 2012, he knew he had to do something about the Hispanic vote or be a one-termer. The Latino percentage of the electorate will only get larger in Nevada,…
The first priority for members of Congress is always, how do I get re-elected, no matter the consequences. As with Rubio who promised “border security first” before he ascended to The Hill, Heller had the correct position on DREAMers, until….Can he realistically believe he will ever have the support of the SEIU, casino workers, and a majority of casino bosses looking for cheap labor from those on the path to amnesty? After all, the numbers of aliens “will only get larger in Nevada.” Heller’s voting record is conservative, but a vote for this immigration bill changes everything – but then I’m not a Nevada voter. He is supporting an outrageous, unconstitutional amnesty bill. Here’s Heller’s positions on immigration while in the House from 2007 to 2011, and since he was marginally voted into Congress. As with Rubio, we only have past remarks and voting records to base our support on. The Travel Promotion Act is one thing, voting for this particular immigration bill is quite another.
The Casino Kickback will not be the only gift handed-out before this is over and we don’t know what we don’t know yet.