Conservatives and Liberals Will Back Frank

Published Thursday, April 16, 2009 -

Conservatives and Liberals will both back Barney Frank's efforts in the USA to have the prohibition on online gambling lifted. In 2008, Democrat Barney Frank and Republican Ron Paul introduced H.R. 5767, the Payment Systems Protection Act, a bill that sought to place a moratorium on enforcement of the UIGEA while the United States Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve defined "unlawful Internet gambling". As a result of these efforts, Frank, a non gambler, has become a hero to poker players and online gamblers.

Alphonse D'Amato, the Republican ex-Senator from New York, has stated that in his opinion both Republicans and Democrats will seek to pass the bill allowing regulated online gambling in the USA.

D'Amato who is chairman of the Poker Players Alliance, says that conservatives will support Frank's bill both for libertarian reasons and to effectively protect children and problem gamblers. Mr. D'Amato states that the ban was put in place to protect consumers but has failed to do so and is in effect unenforceable.

D'Amato is one of many prominent Republicans who have actively pushed for regulation and licensing of online gambling. Republican congressman from Texas Ron Paul who is a Libertarian, and Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, currently chairman of FreedomWorks, have both called for an end to the current ban. Representative Pete Sessions also from Texas tried to introduce his own version of a bill to seek clarification of the prohibition last year.

Mr.D'Amato adds that the ideals of Internet freedom, small government, and personal responsibility mirror those of the conservatives in America. He says Congress is prepared to do the right thing, not the political thing. He concludes, "That means protecting Internet freedom and the public interest through taxation, licensing and regulation - not prohibition,"

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