(Breitbart) The Washington Examiner’s Byorn York uncovered the new Obama stimulus program that the ‘Gang of 8′ members and other Senate Rino’s have hidden in the new immigration bill as a sweet-heart deal for self-described Socialist Sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) one time critic of the legislation.
The original ‘Gang of 8′ bill ended with a section designated Title IV, which was headlined REFORMS FOR NON-IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAMS. The Hoeven-Corker version of the bill added a Title V with the headline JOBS FOR YOUTH–this measure would provide $1.5 Billion in the next two years to provide jobs for Americans between the ages 16-24 it was originally pushed by Sen Sanders, who wanted to come to the aid of young people who were “hard hit by the Wall Street recession.” Now Sanders says, immigration reform will further damage youth job prospects.
Breitbart News has also learned about another brazen example of crony capitalism inserted into the ‘so called’ immigration reform bill that has nothing whatsoever to do with immigration or law enforcement.
On page 66 of the re-packaged bill the following provision appears:
CORPORATION FOR TRAVEL PROMOTION–Sec 9(d)(2)(b) of the Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (20 USC 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 of 2009 (TPA) allows the Secy of the Treasury to spend up to $100 Million on promoting travel to specific areas of the country. If the provision that Sen Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen Dean Heller (R-NV) inserted into the proposed immigration bill becomes law the TPA would be extended indefinitely.
The Heritage Foundation Jena McNeill wrote in 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 destination in the U.S. using that tax was rolled into a govt 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 Dept of Commerce that oversees it.
Tonight the Senate has voted 67 to 27 to limit debate on border surge amendment of the so called 1,200 page+ immigration bill that were now told that a final vote may come within the next week.
Related: Sen Ted Cruz: Immigration Bill Not Designed to Fix the Problem
H/T: Lana Wong