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Rep. Cheri Bustos(D-IL) Attacks GOP Opponent For Supporting Same Visa Program She Does

Illinois Democrat congresswoman Cheri Bustos has been having a rough time of it lately.

As Leon Wolf points out at RedState Bustos has been caught reneging on a promise to give up 10 percent of her congressional pay.

And now her campaign has plenty of egg on its face after they launched an attack on her opponent former congressman Bobby Schilling over his support of a visa program, the problem for team Bustos is that the congresswoman supports the same program.

Here is the attack line from Bustos’ campaign website:

During his runs for office, Schilling has taken in over $33,000 in campaign contributions from executives with CMB Regional Centers, a company that helps wealthy foreign nationals get EB-5 visas to the United States.  Toward the end of his term in Congress, Schilling voted to reauthorize this visa program…

As Schilling’s campaign spokesman Jon Schweppe points out in an email, earlier this year congresswoman Bustos co-sponsored legislation to make the EB-5 visa program permanent:

The EB-5 program that Bobby Schilling’s employer, CMB Regional Centers, operates under is renewed by Congress every three years, and this past January, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos co-sponsored legislation to make the EB-5 program permanent. How’s that for hypocrisy?

H.R. 15, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, has nearly 200 co-sponsors in Congress, including Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. The bill “makes the EB-5 visa regional center program permanent.”

Yes, you read that correctly—today Cheri Bustos lashed out against a program she co-sponsored. The program has incredible bipartisan support and even includes support from Bustos’ mentor, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois).

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