Nevada Congressional Representatives Advocate for Casino Resort Fees, Aim to Abolish ‘Junk Fees’

The Congressional Delegation of Nevada has vociferously defended the resort fees imposed by their state’s casinos after President Joe Biden spoke about so-called “junk fees” in his State of the Union address recently.

Biden is dedicated to the idea that the government should eradicate the deceptive added expenses that come with the advertised rates, in order to give consumers more transparent pricing. Nevada’s Congressional Delegation, however, insists that most of its casinos and resorts are already being upfront with their customers about the amount they will spend per night.

The President has expressed his discontent with the common resort fees in Nevada, which can range up to $45 a night, plus tax. These fees are to cover such services as in-room Wi-Fi, free local calling, fitness center access, and boarding pass printing.

The Nevada Congressional Delegation has responded to Biden’s promise to get rid of these “junk fees.” Nevada’s Senate and House members have expressed their support for the President’s mission to provide clearer pricing, though they have also argued that most of their casinos are not the root of the problem.

MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment, which oversee most of the Strip’s casinos, both include the total resort fee cost before a customer enters their information and payment.

The Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality at New York University estimates that casinos and hotels in the US charged and received more than $3 billion in resort fees last year. This practice often causes customers to overpay for their hotel stays and entertainment, and Biden has vowed to take action to prevent this from occurring.

The Congressional Delegation of Nevada has made it clear that they agree with the President’s goal of providing customers with more transparent pricing and preventing them from being deceived by additional fees. They have also stated that the Nevada’s casinos have become more forthcoming with their pricing and services in recent years.