Sen. Dianne Feinstein questions whether people from 'housing projects' should be at casinos

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) at a press conference on Capitol Hill on October 21, 2015. Photo from Facebook Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) has made no secret of her distaste for tribal casinos and now she's essentially accusing them of preying on the disadvantaged.

Feinstein, who has spread inaccurate information about the number of casinos in her state told KPIX 5 that certain people shouldn't be gambling.

“I’ve seen the buses pull up at housing projects and take people to gambling facilities from here when the social security checks come in," Feinstein told the station. "Candidly, that’s not a good expenditure of money for these people."

Feinstein is opposing plans by the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians to open a casino. She accused the Bureau of Indian Affairs of failing to notify local governments even before the tribe had submitted a land-into-trust application for the site in Vallejo.

“How much gambling do we need to have in California?” Feinstein told KPIX.

Feinstein, who has served in the Senate since 1992, previously claimed California was home to more than 100 tribal facilities as she called for a limit on new developments. In reality, there are only about 70 in the state, which is the largest in terms of population and the third largest in terms of area.

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