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Ted Cruz on immigration bill: 'They are trying to buy votes'

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"This [immigration bill] is just like Obamacare," Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told Fox's Sean Hannity on Monday. "They are trying to buy votes one at a time." Cruz made the comparison in regards to the provision in the immigration bill inserted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., which would provide for a tourist-promotion program for Nevada's casinos.

Also included in the immigration bill is $1.5 billion for a youth employment program, inserted by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; special treatment for Alaska seafood plants; Canadian tourism to the US promotion; and a provision from Sen. Susan Collins, R-Me., to allow immigration-enforcement funds to flow to the Northeast instead of just the Southwest.

The similarities to Obamacare are astounding. In 2010, sweetheart deals were inserted into President Obama's signature health care law to secure votes from senators who were on the fence. "The Cornhusker Kickback," for example, was an amendment that would provide a higher rate of Medicaid reimbursement for Nebraska so that Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., would vote for the bill.

In regards to the fact that the updated immigration bill is nearly 1,200 pages and was only delivered to senators on Friday, Cruz said, "We're being told: We got to pass it to figure out what's in it."

The Congressional Budget Office reported that U.S. wages will decrease and unemployment will increase because of the immigration bill. This coincides perfectly with Obamacare, which caused work hours to decrease and premiums to increase.

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