What: All Issues : Government Checks on Corporate Power : Internet Gambling Industry : H.R. 2143. Internet Gambling/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill Intended to Regulate the Internet Gambling Industry Which Contained Loopholes to Prevent Enforcement. (2003 house Roll Call 253)
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H.R. 2143. Internet Gambling/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill Intended to Regulate the Internet Gambling Industry Which Contained Loopholes to Prevent Enforcement.
house Roll Call 253     Jun 10, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Prior to House floor consideration of legislation, a rule drafted by the House Rules Committee-which is in effect an arm of the majority party leadership-must be adopted to set parameters on debate. The subject of this vote was a rule governing debate on legislation which would require credit card companies to block gambling transactions over the internet. Since most internet casinos depend on electronic payments for placing bets, lawmakers intended to siphon off the flow of money to those casinos through passage of the legislation. Progressives support limitations on the multi-billion dollar internet gambling industry-an industry that is not subject to strong federal regulations-but opposed the House bill because it contained a provision which would exempt those states with state-regulated internet gambling venues from the credit card restrictions that were contained in the bill. In the view of Progressives, the state exemption provision provided internet casinos with an enormous loophole that could be easily exploited by the industry. Progressives argued that the state exemption contained in the legislation would nullify the impact of the legislation on curbing internet gambling and they voted in opposition to the measure on those grounds. Progressives voted against the rule based on their objections to the underlying legislation but the rule passed by a 259-158 vote margin.

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