Theodore's World: Harry Reid Wants Online Poker Added to Tax Bill ~ MORE Junk From The Left!!!

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December 08, 2010

Harry Reid Wants Online Poker Added to Tax Bill ~ MORE Junk From The Left!!!

Harry Reid Wants Online Poker Added to Tax Bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to use the tax cut package President Barack Obama brokered with Republicans to legalize online poker, POLITICO has learned — a move that could further complicate the deal Obama announced Monday.

Already, the online poker proposal has exposed the Nevada Democrat to charges of flip-flopping on a controversial issue, as well as using his Senate leadership position to repay big casino interests that helped him win reelection in a hard-fought campaign against Republican Sharron Angle last month.

Reid, who has previously opposed online gambling, declined to comment Monday through a spokesman.

But Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), as well as several senior congressional sources and gambling lobbyists, confirmed that Reid and his staff have reached out to other Senate offices to try to build support for adding the online poker legislation — a draft of which POLITICO has obtained — to a measure extending the Bush-era tax cuts.

"They're trying," said Hatch, who next year will become ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over parts of the gambling measure. "Sen. Reid would like to do that."

Jon Kyl, a leading opponent of online gambling, told POLITICO he intends to block Reid’s proposal and vowed there is "zero chance — no chance whatsoever that would be part of the tax deal. I don’t think it would be the right thing to do.”

“The House Republicans will go crazy if this is in the bill,” said one senior congressional aide, declaring it “a total, 100 percent payback” for the support Reid received from gambling interests. The aide asserted that lobbyists for the Las Vegas-based casino operator Harrah's, now known as Caesars Entertainment Corp., even helped write the legislation.

“You could call him ‘Harrah Reid’ at this point,” the aide quipped.

Wild Thing's comment........

NO earmarks period. Let it stand alone Harry!!!

Barney Frank was pushing this on Leno about a month ago. Leno slapped him down.

Posted by Wild Thing at December 8, 2010 04:48 AM


Sounds like his Friends in Reno and Las Vegas are complaining about losing business. This people are so plastic. You can see right through them with a cheap glass.

Posted by: Mark at December 8, 2010 02:26 PM

Mark, exactly, Harry Reid wants to pay his buddies back for donating to him and use this tax bill thing to do it with.

Posted by: Wild Thing at December 8, 2010 05:44 PM