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Congress Votes to End Internet Gambling

Posted by thelamp on July 20, 2006

CMC thanks the House of Representatives for its overwhelming vote last week in favor of H.R. 4111, the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act. This common-sense bill will protect Americans from an insidious industry. The Senate should make this bill’s passage this year a priority.

The bill, sponsored by Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Jim Leach, R-Iowa, passed by a 317-93 vote. It helps the law catch up to today’s technology, which can literally bring a high-stakes poker game or a casino into every home in America through the Internet. Most of the gambling sites preying on the U.S. market to a tune of an estimated $6 billion a year are located overseas, which puts them outside the scope of U.S. law. This bill solves that problem by making it illegal for U.S. banks to permit the use of bank cards, checks or fund transfers to settle gambling debts.

“Virtual betting parlors have attempted to avoid the application of United States law by locating themselves offshore and out of our jurisdictional reach,” said Goodlatte last week. “These off-shore, fly-by-night Internet gambling operators are unlicensed, untaxed and unregulated and are sucking billions of dollars out of the United States.”

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., is the Senate’s leading proponent of the bill. CMC encourages the Senate leadership to take up the bill before it adjourns for the year. Gambling is simply too destructive to marriages and families to let it proliferate over the Internet the way it has.


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