IGREA Earns Presidential Hopeful Ron Pauls Support

Published on: August 20, 2007 

Earlier this, US Congressman Barney Frank set out to change the current laws regarding online gambling in the United States. Frank proposed a bill to Congress entitled, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act (IGREA). Since it’s introduction, the bill has found support from a number of members of the congress, including, 2008 Presidential candidate Ron Paul.

The republican presidential hopeful, also known as "Dr No", voted against the UIGEA, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, when it was put forth in front of the house last year. Regrettably for Paul, who believes that the UIGEA is an "outrageous affront to individual freedom", the bill passed and online gambling activities in the US underwent lots of changes.

"I believe strongly that the Internet should not be regulated by the Federal Government and believe even more strongly that people should be free to engage in the activities they wish as long as they are willing to take responsibility for their actions," stated Paul. “The majority of people in Washington were afraid to support the Internet for fear it would label them 'pro-porn' or 'pro-gambling'." He continued.

As mentioned above, there are a number of other members of the House of Representatives besides Paul (who represents voters from Texas) who are in support of Franks IGREA bill, that if passed would allow US players to legally take part in online activities that would be regulated and licensed by the government. Some of them are, Mississippi’s Anthony Weiner, Robert Wexler (who has introduced the Skill Games Protection Act) and California’s Michael Honda and Adam Schiff.

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