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D’Amato: “Bi-partisan Support for Barney Frank UIGEA Bill”

23/4/2009
Poker Players Alliance (PPA) Chairman and former Republican Senator of New York Alfonse D’Amato lambasted an article in The Hill this week for inaccuracies regarding the Barney Frank Bill, which seeks to overturn certain aspects of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), especially for poker. He said it “wrongfully suggests that the issue of regulating Internet gaming is somehow partisan in nature.”

The article, “Frank’s Internet gambling bill faces tough course to passage” in the April 2 edition of The Hill, a daily a congressional newspaper when Congress is in session, instantly put D’Amato in a position to write a letter to the editor last week. He firmly states that the bill, likely to be introduced in the next couple of weeks, has bi-partisan support. It states: “Liberals and conservatives in and out of Congress are opposed to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) for a number of reasons: It does nothing to prevent children and problem gamblers from playing online; it overly burdens the banks, making them, not the federal government, policemen of the Internet; it costs the taxpayers billions in unearned revenue, not to mention the loss of capital and jobs when these companies are forced to move out of the U.S.; and it’s simply unenforceable.”

At this point, it’s difficult to see whether Congress members will vote from a party perspective about online gaming. But both supporters and opponents are looking forward to debating the stand-alone piece of legislation.

Although the article did favor the fact that UIGEA was politically motivated, D’Amato expressed in his letter that the PPA was a co-sponsor of the recent Conservative Political Action Conference. D'Amato also launched into the fact that UIGEA breaches many fundamental principles that Americans, Republicans especially, hold dear, like “internet freedom, personal responsibility, and limited government.”
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