Halting the Online Casino Ban
Congressman Barney Frank has spearheaded efforts to educate U.S. politicians,
and specifically Congress, for more than a year and a half at this point, as a
reaction to the controversial UIGEA. The UIGEA effectively bans offshore online
casinos for accessing the U.S. gambling market – a piece of legislation that has
proven hugely flawed and wildly unpopular with the rest of the world. Now
though, there are alternatives that are gaining prominence with U.S.
politicians. In a joint effort with Ron Paul, the two have launched HR 5767 – a
bill that is wholly designed to put a firm halt to the UIGEA online casino
gambling ban and the development of support regulations for the UIGEA.
The bill was launched just two months ago, right after the Congressional hearing
that looked at the UIGEA and the feasibility of developing accompanying
realistic support regulations for the bill. At the Congressional hearing,
representatives from the U.S. banking and financial industries testified that
the UIGEA was seriously flawed and would put undue stress on the banks if they
were forced to take primary responsibility for blocking transactions with
foreign online casinos.
HR 5767 is rapidly gaining support from members of Congress looking to bring the
U.S. into compliance with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) while also
upholding elements of the Constitution. The two newest supports that have
publicly voiced support for the bill are two Democratic Representatives, Neil
Abercrombie and Stephen Lynch. With the new support, the tally is up to 20
Representatives – and while there are certainly more Democrats showing their
support, there are Republicans who also have recognized the need to put an end
to the UIGEA online casino gambling ban.