McMorris Rodgers opposes new casino

SPOKANE — U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has joined with opponents of a large proposed Indian casino near Fairchild Air Force Base outside Spokane.

McMorris Rodgers is worried that a big commercial development near the base may prompt the Air Force to close Fairchild in the future.

The Spokane Tribe has proposed a major casino and hotel just a few blocks from the base, and is awaiting approval from both the federal government and from Gov. Jay Inslee in order to proceed.

The tribe contends the development won’t impair operations at Fairchild Air Force Base now or in the future.

But in a recent letter to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, McMorris Rodgers says the casino poses a clear threat to Spokane County’s largest employer.

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