Reid, in 2011, Touted Travel Promotion Act for Nevada; Extended in Immigration Bill

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in a 2011 YouTube video called the Travel Promotion Act of 2009 a “wonderful piece of law that I was able to get through the Congress to help Nevada.” Reid and Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) inserted a Casino crony kickback provision into the new version of the “Gang of Eight” bill that extends that law’s funding indefinitely, but current law ends it in 2015.

“I had the good fortune yesterday to visit with the Travel Promotion Authority officials, the president Steven Cloobeck from Nevada, and the other officials,” Reid said in the 2011 video. “They have worked very hard doing research, scientific research, to find out why people want to come to America. And we’re going to start in February advertising big time.”

“They’re doing stuff now on the Internet,” Reid continued touting the program in the YouTube video. “They’re doing billboards all over the world to get people to come to America.”

Later in the video, Reid touted the Travel Promotion Act as a boon for Nevada and casinos. “The Travel Promotion Act is tremendous for Nevada,” Reid said in the video. “About 10 percent of all people that come to America from foreign countries come to Las Vegas. A significant number of people who come to America want to visit that natural beauty we share with California, Lake Tahoe. This is a wonderful piece of law that I was able to get through the Congress to help Nevada.”


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