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outlook dims in senate for online bill

Topic closed. 4 replies. Last post 10 years ago by EXCALIBUR.

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do you think the bill will pass the senate this year

yes the bill will pass the senate [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
no the bill won't pass the senate [ 11 ]  [68.75%]
not sure [ 5 ]  [31.25%]
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Posted: July 26, 2006, 6:16 pm - IP Logged

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prospects have dimmed for swift U.S. Senate passage of a bill to outlaw most forms of Internet gambling as industry trade groups and lawmakers raise objections, congressional sources said on Wednesday.

Efforts to move a House-passed measure through the Senate have run into opposition from lobbyists representing casino owners and horse- and dog-racing interests in recent days. Some Republican senators have broken ranks and placed "holds" on it, the sources said

 

The House-passed bill is not going to pass the Senate," said one source who is knowledgeable about the legislation, adding that changes must be made to win sufficient support.

The industry is a major contributor to some congressional campaigns and sources said opposition could stir up new trouble among senators such as Republicans Jim Bunning and Mitch McConell of Kentucky or Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada.

The bill would prohibit most forms of Internet gambling and make it illegal for banks and credit card companies to make payments to online gambling sites.

The Republican-backed measure has been criticized by some as an election-year appeal to the party's conservative base.

Supporters of a crackdown on Internet gambling say legislation is needed to clarify that a 1961 federal law banning interstate telephone betting also covers an array of online gambling.

Backers of the legislation, led by Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, have been trying to build support and resolve differences as the Senate focuses on other legislative matters and gets ready for a month-long break.

However, congressional aides said some Republican senators have placed holds on the bill, and that Democratic senators may eventually do so as well depending on how talks proceed.

The bill was not among the priorities outlined by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican, during a session with reporters on Tuesday in which he laid out measures he hopes to wrap up before the August vacation.

Any member of the Senate may place a secret "hold" on legislation, which prevents it from being brought up for a vote until concerns about the measure are resolved.

One aide said concerns had been voiced by representatives of casinos as well as horse-racing tracks, dog tracks and lotteries about limited exemptions in the bill.

So far in 2006, the casino and gambling industry has given more than $6.4 million to federal candidates, according to the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics. That amount places it 30th among the more than 80 industries tracked by the organization.

"There is always a chance that differences can be resolved and the Senate could vote before the August recess, but not a very good one at this point," one aide said.

In order to win support, Kyl may have to amend the Senate bill and ask House lawmakers to revisit a similar amended version, other sources said.

Supporters could take up the bill when the Senate reconvenes in September. But it would be difficult to work out changes in time for members of Congress to return to their districts to campaign before the November elections.

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    Posted: July 26, 2006, 7:22 pm - IP Logged

    So far in 2006, the casino and gambling industry has given more than $6.4 million to federal candidates, according to the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics. That amount places it 30th among the more than 80 industries tracked by the organization.

    It all boils down to who is going to fatten the polticans pork barrel.
    Like the politicans say. Whats in it for me.ROFL

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      Posted: July 26, 2006, 9:43 pm - IP Logged

      i think things are looking better.but i'm not getting too comfortable until i know its a done deal.does anyone know the last day possible to vote on this before the deadline?

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        Posted: August 10, 2006, 5:01 pm - IP Logged

        they are saying the banks are against this bill too.its looking better as time goes on.....

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          Posted: August 11, 2006, 3:26 am - IP Logged

          Things are getting to be so bad that before too long we will need to use an encrypted and hidden connection in order to get things done as there will be no Internet freedom no more, as time goes by we are going the way of the chinese, that is they are taken all our freedoms away from us one at a time or maybe more than one at a time at a very fast pace.

          We will have to quit using banks and credit cards and find other means of money tranfers.

          And we will have to go around on the Internet like thieves on the night, hidden under a cloak, trying to mind our own business and hoping that we are left alone to do so.

          Whoever gives the best service, gets the most business.

          It is not our fault that state and government lotteries don't give the best service, but very far from that.

          EXCALIBUR is no more that "Handle" is dead, gone.
          Maybe sometime in the future I might come back as LANTERN again, but maybe not, if I don't come back as LANTERN in the future then I won't come back at all, but as I said there is no more EXCALIBUR.