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US bill to block tribe’s casino won’t come to vote next week

The Tohono Oai??i??odham Nation's proposed West Valley Resort Casino.

The Tohono Oai??i??odham Nation’s proposed West Valley Resort Casino.

A bill that would block a casino project now under construction on the west side of the Phoenix area won’t come up for a routine approval in the U.S. House of Representatives as expected.

The bill sponsored by Arizona Republican Reps. Trent Franks and Paul Gosar was expected to be on a calendar that limits debate on Monday. But Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva objected in a letter sent to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy earlier this week.

McCarthy’s office confirmed Friday that the House Bill 308 is no longer on the calendar.

If enacted the bill would bar gambling at the Tohono O’Odham tribe’s nearly completed casino near Glendale.

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