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Tell the Senate Leadership to Stop Stalling

Posted by thelamp on September 19, 2006

The fate of two important pieces of legislation rests in the hands of U.S. senators: the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act (HR 4411) and the Child Custody Protection Act (S403).

The Child Custody Protection Act, which would make it a federal crime to cross state lines for an abortion to avoid a state’s parental notification law, is close to becoming law. Unfortunately, influential senators continue trying to keep that from happening. Senator Durbin (D-IL), the Minority Whip, continues to block a conference with the House of Representatives to resolve differences on the two chambers’ versions of the proposed legislation. Consequently, it can’t move forward to becoming law.

It’s sad that after a bipartisan vote to pass the Child Custody Protection Act, its fate – along with the good it could do – is now in jeopardy. CMC members are urged to let the Senate leadership know that conscientious Americans won’t allow such obstruction. This bill deserves to go to conference, and the legislation should be sent to the President, who has said he will sign the bill into law.

Send an email to your senator.

On the matter of gambling in cyberspace, the House passed the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act by a strong, bipartisan vote of 317 to 93. Now the Senate must consider the bill.

Right now, Internet gambling is illegal in the United States; however, there are so many grey areas lawmakers are prudent to close loopholes and give the Department of Justice the muscle needed to effectively prosecute. Allowing offshore betting and casinos to persist does more than make mockery of federal law, it also contributes to the moral erosion of society.

Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin has said that he intends to bring this bill to the Senate floor. CMC members are asked to encourage him to keep this on the autumn agenda.

Send an email to your senator.


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