How much will Barack Obama spend for a photo-op while he pushes his immigration policies?
For his round-trip today to Las Vegas, where he will speak about immigration reform at a local high school, Obama’s trip on Air Force One will cost over $1.6 million. Air Force One costs $182,000 per hour, and the trip will total 9 hours.
President Obama is launching a push for a swift immigration overhaul with a campaign-style event in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Obama's move comes a day after a bipartisan group of senators unveiled a map for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for many of the 11 million illegal immigrants already living in the country. Obama pitched an immigration blueprint in 2011 but it went nowhere in Congress. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president "welcomes" the senators' plan, saying it shows that bipartisan support is "coalescing" behind immigration reform. Administration officials say Obama will endorse many of the senators' proposals, but go further with, for example, a faster path to citizenship. [Associated Press]
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