The House has passed the Port Security Bill that includes, as we have learned, the Rep. Leach language (not the Goodlatte, which is slightly more prohibitive) to ban online gaming. The bill is not an expansion of the Wire Act, but MAY contain provisions that could be applied against online poker players–and get rid of your ability to use firepay and neteller.
So how does Port Security relate to Internet gambling?
It doesn’t. In fact, while the bill helps bolster Port Security, it ignores increasing funding security for rail or transit. So essentially Internet gambling is a larger threat to national security than potential acts of terror against rail and transit.
R-Loretta Sanchez, a Democrat from California, said:
"If you had time to stick Internet gambling in our Port Bill…then you had time to make our country safer…but the bill doesn’t fund rail or transit, just Port. Who’s responsible for not having done the right thing?"
Not Bill Frist or the Republican leadership in Congress, that’s for sure.
The bill is generally supported by Democrats, so Republicans are using it as an opportunity to advance less popular agenda items. According to Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Democrat leader Harry Reid, ‚Äú[Republicans are] using it as a dumping ground‚Äù for bills that couldn’t pass on their own.