On September 16, H.R. 6870, the Payment System Protection Act, passed out of the House Financial Services Committee by a vote of 30-19. This bill prevents enforcement of pending regulations for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act ("UIGEA") and requires any interim regulations of Internet gambling to only block sports betting. A similar attempt to repeal UIGEA was rejected by the Committee earlier this year.
Internet gambling has always been illegal, but prior to UIGEA, state and federal law could not be enforced because the sites offering the gambling services were located outside of the country. UIGEA aids in the control of the socially adverse effects of Internet gambling, and strengthens our national security. Internet gambling sites can be havens for drug traffickers and terrorist financiers, as well as contribute to gambling addictions. UIGEA is a very pro-family piece of legislation that must not be repealed.
The Payment System Protection Act is an attack on family values and encourages illegal gambling. This bill may come before the House next month, so please contact your Representative and ask that he or she vote against this piece of legislation. A complete list of members of the United States House of Representatives is available at www.house.gov.