A bipartisan casino bill was placed on the floor when President Trump posted his well-known tweets and derailed the bill from Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts.
She is also one of the candidates running in the Democratic primaries.
As Senator Warren was trying to get a new tribal casino in Massachusetts, Trump intervened causing the Republicans and some House Democrats to postpone voting.
The H.R. 312 Bill would hand over 32 acres over to the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.
Rhode Island lawmakers stated it would hurt the businesses of not one but two casinos over the state line. This is also Trump ally where Twin River Management Group is operating both casinos.
Wednesday morning’s tweet blinded both Republican and Democrat lawmakers and caused Republicans to oppose the measure.
Trump tweeted, “Republicans shouldn’t vote for H.R. 312, a special interest casino Bill, backed by Elizabeth (Pocahontas) Warren.
It is unfair and doesn’t treat Native Americans equally!”
There was a similar bill in 2018 Senator Warren had co-sponsored along with Senator Edward J. Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts who introduced the bill.
There was nothing in accordance with the bill to bring it up, so it was never put on the floor. Along with Trump, Schlapp sent out a tweet Wednesday morning after he sent an email to the Republicans, “Potentially giving her a win on such an issue is a real head-scratcher.”
There was a link attached to the post and email with a story from February on a conservative website with the title, “Warren’s Casino Fiasco.” Senator Warren’s spokeswoman did not comment or respond to any request.
The president was more than happy to attack Senator Warren’s project with the tweet.
This was not the first time this bill was spoken of by White House officials. In 2017, The Interior Department made it clear it had to go through the legislation, and the land decision was reversed, denying the acres for the casino.
There was heavy sparring happening Tuesday night into Wednesday morning when two Republican lawmakers got into the debate.
Rep. Gary Palmer from Alabama who opposes the bill and Rep. Tom Cole from Oklahoma who supported the tribal legislation went after it until President Trump’s tweet went through.
Then, the House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer who is a Democrat ended the session with no voting to be taking place.
Two hours after the tweet went through, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva stated, “You get a little racist tweet from the president, and it creates a backward stampede of people on the Republican side that previously indicated they were voting yes.
The lobbyist for CPAC did a lot of sabotage in the last few days on this issue and made it a conservative vs. Democrat issue when it’s not.”
A leading GOP voice for Native Americans stated, “Trump’s tweet was the precipitating factor for the bills getting pulled Wednesday and disputed the notion that the bill ought to be dismissed by Republicans because of Warren’s apparent support.”
Cole continued, “The communities in the area want it. The state is on record wanting it. Every member of the Massachusetts delegation wants it. Why should we be intervening in a state like that when there is unanimity? The real conflict here is between private gaming interests that don’t want Native American competition.”
The funny thing about all of this is even some of the Democrats wanted out of the voting.
Others were in support of the bill.
Rep. Joe Kennedy, a Democrat from Massachusetts stated, “It is also not lost on anybody that a lobbyist for the Rhode Island casino seems to have a very tight relationship with the White House.
The consequence of this is going to be that the tribe that greeted the Pilgrims gets hurt once again by the U.S. government.”
Rep. Jim Langevin, a Democrat from Rhode Island said, “All I’m going to say is, I’m glad the bill was pulled from the floor today for a variety of reasons. I don’t know the president’s interest or reasoning completely. I’m not going to comment on that.”
Another Democratic Representative from Rhode Island who is known for bashing President Trump and Attorney General William P. Barr did not comment on the tweet but pointed toward the lobbying by the Mashpee tribe foreign investment partners, “There’s been tremendous lobbying on behalf of a Malaysian hedge fund. I’m very concerned about the level of lobbying.”