Capital Hill Watch
Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition
Act (H.R. 2143)
Tuesday, June 10, 2003, the House of Representatives is expected to
voted on the Unlawful
Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act (H.R. 2143) (To view Full text of legislation
A two-thirds majority vote
for passage is required, will not be amended, and will have a limit
of 40 minutes for debate.
unlawful Internet gambling, the measure will direct the federal functional
regulators to prescribe regulations limiting the acceptance of any bank
instrument. For purposes
of the Act, it defines certain terms and establishes regulatory enforcement
authorities. For combating
offshore Internet gambling sites that illegally extend their services
to U.S. residents via the Internet, the measure’s primary purpose is
to give the federal functional regulators a new, more effective tool.
in all 50 States, Internet gambling constitutes illegal gambling activity. Most of the estimated 2,000 Internet gambling
sites currently operate from offshore locations in the Caribbean and
elsewhere because Internet gambling is generally held to be illegal
under federal and state law. As
a result, they operate effectively beyond the reach of U.S. regulators
and law enforcement, as well as the statutory anti-money laundering
regimes that apply to U.S.-based casinos.
Mainly through the use of credit cards and alternative payment
systems, these ‘‘virtual casinos’’ advertise the ease of opening betting
not only to criminal exploitation by money launderers, these Internet
gambling sites can also easily abuse a customer’s credit card information
or manipulate the odds of a particular wager to the casino’s advantage. Problem gambling which includes Internet gambling
can result in personal and family hardships like bankruptcy, divorce,
excessive debt, foreclosed mortgages, and lost savings as well as legal
challenges. Furthermore, a serious
problem for many college students, in particular, is Internet gambling.
Can You Do?
Urge your representative
to SUPPORT the on
the Unlawful Internet Gambling
Funding Prohibition Act (H.R. 2143)
Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will
direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's
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representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your representatives
mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.
The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative (last
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