The U.S. House voted Tuesday to ban construction of more casinos in the Phoenix metropolitan area, effectively moving toward blocking a planned operation by the Tohono O'odham nation.
Sponsors of House Resolution 1410 said it was aimed at the Tohono O’odham, who have federal permission to build a casino in Glendale.
City officials have opposed the project but have lost several legal battles to the tribe.
The measure is co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of Arizona's congressional delegation members. But U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., whose district includes most of the Tohono O'odham's reservations, said he opposed it.
“The free market requires competition, the free market requires opportunity, and all that is happening in this legislation is to try to constrict the ability of people in this free market of ours to compete, to create jobs and create opportunities,” Grijalva said.
The Tohono O’odham purchased land in Glendale with proceeds from a settlement with the federal government.