What: All Issues : Government Checks on Corporate Power : Internet Gambling Industry : H.R. 2143. Internet Gambling/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill Intended to Regulate the Internet Gambling Industry Which Contained Loopholes to Prevent Enforcement. (2003 house Roll Call 252)
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H.R. 2143. Internet Gambling/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill Intended to Regulate the Internet Gambling Industry Which Contained Loopholes to Prevent Enforcement.
house Roll Call 252     Jun 10, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Internet gambling has been the subject of congressional debate for the last two years. In an effort to restrict the multibillion dollar industry, legislation was drafted in the House which would mandate that credit card companies block gambling transactions over the internet. Since most internet casinos rely on some form of electronic payment for placing bets, lawmakers hoped the bill would siphon off the flow of money to those casinos. Progressives support restrictions on internet gambling-which is an industry that is not subject to strong federal scrutiny-but opposed a provision in the House bill which would exempt those states with state-regulated internet gambling venues from the provisions in the bill. In the view of Progressives, the state exemption provided an enormous loophole that could be easily exploited by internet casinos. Progressives opposed the legislation because, in their view, the state exemption that was contained in the legislation would nullify the impact of the legislation on curbing internet gambling. The subject of this vote was a procedural motion which would allow House consideration of the legislation to proceed. Progressives voted in opposition to move the previous question, a procedural motion which ends debate and the possibility of amendment, but the motion was adopted on a straight party-line vote of 222-196.

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