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Capital Hill Watch Alert

Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act (H.R. 2143)

On 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. 

For 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. 

Currently, 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 accounts.   

Vulnerable 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.

What Can You Do?   

Urge your representative to SUPPORT the on the Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act (H.R. 2143)

Contact Information:  

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)  

To go to your representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your representatives are... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html  

To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.

Addressing Correspondence:

The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative (last name):

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